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"El" is a definite article which is often translated as "the", and "socorrista" is a noun which is often translated as "lifeguard". Learn more about the difference between "el" and "socorrista" 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 socorrista, la socorrista(
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. lifeguard (in a pool or the beach)
La socorrista se lanzó al agua cuando vio que el niño se estaba ahogando.The lifeguard jumped into the water when she saw the boy was drowning.
b. lifesaver (in a pool or the beach)
Hay cuatro socorristas de turno en la piscina hoy.There are four lifesavers on duty at the pool today.
c. first aid worker (immediate assistance)
Los socorristas llevaron al hombre herido al hospital en una ambulancia.The first aid workers took the wounded man to the hospital in an ambulance.
d. rescue worker (on a rescue team)
Un equipo de socorristas españoles ha sido enviado a la zona de desastre.A group of Spanish rescue workers has been sent to the disaster area.
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