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"El" is a definite article which is often translated as "the", and "tilde" is a noun which is often translated as "accent". Learn more about the difference between "el" and "tilde" 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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tilde(
teel
-
deh
)
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (written stress)
a. accent
Olvidaste ponerle la tilde a la primera vocal en "túnel".You forgot to put the accent on the first vowel of "túnel".
2. (diacritic)
a. tilde
Las letras "ñ" y "n" en español se diferencian por la tilde.The letters "ñ" and "n" in Spanish are distinguished by the presence or absence of the tilde.
3. (iota)
a. jot
Laura no ha demostrado una tilde de interés en sus estudios.Laura hasn't shown a jot of interest in his studies.
b. bit
No entendí ni una tilde de la explicación.I didn't understand a bit of the explanation.
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