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"El" is a definite article which is often translated as "the", and "huésped" is a noun which is often translated as "guest". Learn more about the difference between "el" and "huésped" 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 huésped, la huésped(
wehs
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pehd
)
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. (person paying for lodging)
a. guest
El Hotel Flamingo puede albergar hasta 1,200 huéspedes.The Flamingo Hotel can lodge up to 1,200 guests.
b. lodger (in someone's house)
Mary Lou buscó una huésped para ayudarla a pagar los gastos.Mary Lou looked for a lodger to help pay expenses.
c. boarder (in a house or school)
La Escuela Kennedy tiene 250 huéspedes.The Kennedy School has 250 boarders.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
2. (biology)
a. host
El mosquito Aedes aegypti es huésped del virus del dengue.The Aedes aegypti mosquito is the host of the dengue virus.
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