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"El" is a definite article which is often translated as "the", and "comerciante" is a noun which is often translated as "merchant". Learn more about the difference between "el" and "comerciante" 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 comerciante, la comerciante(
koh
-
mehr
-
syahn
-
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. (tradesperson)
a. merchant
Los comerciantes europeos vendían mercancía que adquirían en la Ruta de la Seda.European merchants sold merchandise they acquired on the Silk Road.
b. dealer
Mi cuñado es un comerciante de carros usados.My brother-in-law is a used-car dealer.
c. trader
El comerciante no logró vender todos sus bienes en el mercado.The trader was unable to sell all his goods at the market.
d. salesperson
Si quieres ser un comerciante exitoso, tienes que mejorar tu trato de la gente.If you want to be a successful salesperson, you need to improve your people skills.
2. (store owner)
a. shopkeeper
El comerciante recibe entregas a las cinco de la mañana.The shopkeeper receives deliveries at five in the morning.
b. storekeeper
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Pregúntale al comerciante cuánto vale este jugo.Ask the storekeeper how much this juice is.
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