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"El" is a definite article which is often translated as "the", and "líder" is a noun which is often translated as "leader". Learn more about the difference between "el" and "líder" 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 líder, la líder(
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. (boss)
a. leader
Como líder del grupo, Jaime aceptó todo el crédito por su éxito.As leader of the group, Jaime took all the credit for their success.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
2. (preeminent)
a. leading
Juan está orgulloso de ser el dueño de la franquicia líder de café en los Estados Unidos.Juan is proud to own the leading coffee franchise in the United States.
b. top
Serena Williams es la competidora líder en este torneo.Serena Williams is the top competitor in this tournament.
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