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"El" is a definite article which is often translated as "the", and "radio" is a noun which is often translated as "radio". Learn more about the difference between "el" and "radio" 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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radio(
rrah
-
dyoh
)
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
1. (device)
a. radio
Prende el radio que quiero escuchar mi emisora favorita.Turn on the radio, I want to listen to my favorite station.
2. (mathematics)
a. radius
Utiliza el radio del círculo para encontrar su circunferencia.Use the radius of the circle to find its circumference.
3. (anatomy)
a. radius
Me rompí el radio del brazo izquierdo.I broke the radius in my left arm.
4. (chemistry)
a. radium
El radio es más activo que el uranio.Radium is more active than uranium.
5. (of a bicycle)
a. spoke
Le faltaba un radio a la rueda de atrás de mi bici nueva.The rear wheel of my new bike was missing a spoke.
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
6. (medium)
a. radio
Mi padre, el senador, fue entrevistado esta mañana por la radio.My father, the senator, was interviewed on the radio this morning.
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