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"El" is a definite article which is often translated as "the", and "ingeniero" is a noun which is often translated as "engineer". Learn more about the difference between "el" and "ingeniero" 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 ingeniero, la ingeniera(
eeng
-
heh
-
nyeh
-
roh
)
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. (profession)
a. engineer
Solo los mejores ingenieros trabajan en la NASA.Only the best engineers work at NASA.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
2. (form of address)
Regionalism used in Central America: Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and Panama
(Central America)
Regionalism used in Mexico
(Mexico)
a. sir
¿En qué le puedo servir, ingeniero?How can I help you, sir?
b. guv'nor
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(United Kingdom)
¡Muy buen día, ingeniero!Good day, guv'nor!
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