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"El" is a definite article which is often translated as "the", and "mar" is a noun which is often translated as "sea". Learn more about the difference between "el" and "mar" 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 mar, la mar(
mahr
)
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. (body of water)
a. sea
El agua del mar Caribe es de un color turquesa vivo.The water of the Caribbean Sea is a bright turquoise color.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
2.
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
(abundance)
a. world
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
Siempre ha habido un mar de diferencia entre nosotros.There's always been a world of difference between us.
b. wave
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
Cuando entré en la cocina, me abofeteó un mar de olores deliciosos.When I went into the kitchen, I was hit by a wave of delicious smells.
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