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"El" is a definite article which is often translated as "the", and "empleado" is a noun which is often translated as "employee". Learn more about the difference between "el" and "empleado" 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 empleado, la empleada(
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. (employed person)
a. employee
La empresa en la que trabajo tiene 500 empleados.The company I work for has 500 employees.
b. worker
Los empleados pueden utilizar esta sala a la hora de comer.The workers are allowed to use this room during their lunch break.
c. clerk (in a bank or office)
La empleada me dijo que tenía que tener copia de mi informe de crédito para conseguir la hipoteca.The clerk told me that I needed to have a copy of my credit report in order to receive the mortgage.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
2. (utilized)
a. used
Algunas de las armas empleadas en la película se están subastando.Some of the weapons used in the movie are being auctioned.
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