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"El" is a definite article which is often translated as "the", and "dependiente" is a noun which is often translated as "salesclerk". Learn more about the difference between "el" and "dependiente" 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 dependiente, la dependienta(
deh
-
pehn
-
dyehn
-
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. (occupation)
a. salesclerk
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Sí, señor, la dependienta le ayudará con su compra.Yes, sir, the sales clerk will assist you with your purchase.
b. shop assistant (United Kingdom)
¿Dónde está el dependiente? Quisiera hacerle una consulta.Where is the shop assistant? I'd like to ask him a question.
c. salesperson
Estamos buscando un dependiente que hable inglés para nuestra nueva tienda en Ibiza.We're looking for an English-speaking salesperson for our new shop in Ibiza.
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).
2. (physically disabled person)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
a. disabled person
Este espacio de estacionamiento es solo para dependientes.This parking space is for disabled people only.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
3. (reliant on others)
a. dependent
Si eres financieramente dependiente de tus padres, tendrán que llenar este formulario.If you're financially dependent on your parents, they'll have to fill out this form.
4. (physically disabled)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
a. disabled
Debe haber una rampa para que los individuos dependientes puedan entrar al edificio.There must be a ramp so that disabled individuals may access the building.
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