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"El" is a definite article which is often translated as "the", and "pez" is a noun which is often translated as "fish". Learn more about the difference between "el" and "pez" 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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A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (animal)
a. fish
Pescaron un pez de 20 libras en el río.They caught a 20-pound fish in the river.
2. (material)
a. pitch
Noé usó pez para sellar el arca.Noah used pitch to seal the ark.
b. tar
Las grietas de la carretera se rellenan con pez.The cracks in the road are filled with tar.
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