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"El" is a definite article which is often translated as "the", and "terminal" is an adjective which is often translated as "final". Learn more about the difference between "el" and "terminal" 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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terminal(
tehr
-
mee
-
nahl
)
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
1. (last)
a. final
El compositor finalizó su obra terminal durante su estadía en Viena.The composer wrote his final work during his stay in Vienna.
2. (medicine)
a. terminal
Mi bisabuelo contrajo una enfermedad terminal y falleció el año pasado.My great-grandfather contracted a terminal disease and passed away last year.
3. (botany)
a. terminal
Las flores terminales de la planta son violetas.The terminal flowers of the plant are purple.
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).
4. (transport)
a. terminal
Cuando te bajes del avión, ve a la terminal y coge el autobús que te lleva al centro.After you get off the airplane, go to the terminal and take the bus that takes you downtown.
b. station (buses and trains)
El autobús 168 parte de la terminal cada diez minutos.The 168 bus departs from the station every ten minutes.
5. (computing)
a. terminal
Un hacker robó información de los terminales.A hacker stole information from the terminals.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
6. (telecommunications)
a. terminal
El terminal dejó de funcionar, por lo que no podemos realizar la llamada.The terminal stopped working, so we can't make the call.
7. (electronics)
a. terminal
Podemos ver lo que filmaron las cámaras de seguridad en el terminal de video.We can watch what the surveillance cameras recorded in the video terminal.
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