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"El" is a definite article which is often translated as "the", and "hermano" is a noun which is often translated as "brother". Learn more about the difference between "el" and "hermano" 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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hermano(
ehr
-
mah
-
noh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (relative)
a. brother
Mi hermano vive en Seoul, Corea del Sur.My brother lives in Seoul, South Korea.
2. (member of a religious order)
a. brother
Hermano, ¿a qué hora llega el padre?Brother, at what time does the priest arrive?
b. friar
Vimos al hermano viejo caminando por el bosque.We saw the old friar walking through the forest.
3. (one of a pair)
a. pair
No encuentro el hermano de este zapato en ningún lado.I can't find the pair for this shoe anywhere.
4.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(form of address)
a. brother
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
Oye, hermano, ¿me prestas cinco pesos?Hey, brother, can you lend me five pesos?
b. bro
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
¡Cálmate, hermano!Take it easy, bro!
c. mate
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(United Kingdom)
Hermano, no quieres meterte conmigo.Mate, you don't want to mess with me.
hermanos
A plural noun indicates that there is more than one person, place, thing, or idea.
plural noun
5. (relatives)
a. siblings (mixed gender)
Dos de mis hermanos viven en California.Two of my siblings live in California.
b. brothers (masculine)
Mis hermanos siempre me toman el pelo.My brothers are always teasing me.
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