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"El" is a definite article which is often translated as "the", and "destinatario" is a noun which is often translated as "addressee". Learn more about the difference between "el" and "destinatario" below.
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 destinatario, la destinataria(
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. (recipient)
a. addressee
Esta carta es confidencial y solo debe abrirla el destinatario.This letter is confidential and should only be opened by the addressee.
2. (beneficiary)
a. payee
El destinatario debe presentar identificación para recibir el pago.The payee must show identification in order to receive the payment.
3. (object)
a. target
Los destinatarios de la campaña publicitaria serán los niños de 5 a 10 años.The target of the advertising campaign will be children between five and 10 years.
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