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"El" is a definite article which is often translated as "the", and "cliente" is a noun which is often translated as "customer". Learn more about the difference between "el" and "cliente" below.
el(
ehl
)
A definite article is a word that identifies a noun as as specific or known to the speaker (e.g. the girl).
1. (general)
a. the
El gato está en el tejado.The cat is on the roof.
El teléfono estaba encima de la mesa.The telephone was on top of the table.
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el cliente, la clienta(
klyehn
-
teh
)
This means that the noun can be masculine or feminine, depending on the gender of person it refers to (e.g. el doctor, la doctora).
1. (general)
a. customer (purchaser)
La clienta se enojó porque no teníamos su talla en la tienda.The customer became angry because we didn't carry her size in the store.
b. client (of a company)
Fijamos una cita con el cliente la semana que viene en la feria.We scheduled a meeting with the client next week at the trade show.
c. guest (in a hotel)
Disculpe, pero, ¿permiten que clientes tengan mascotas en sus habitaciones?Excuse me, but do you allow guests to keep pets in their rooms?
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