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"Ella" is a pronoun which is often translated as "she", and "cómo se llama el" is a phrase which is often translated as "what's the name of the". Learn more about the difference between "ella" and "cómo se llama el" below.
ella(
eh
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yah
)
A pronoun is a word that stands in for a noun (e.g. she).
1. (third person singular)
a. she (subject)
Ella publicó un libro acerca de la epidemiología. She published a book about epidemiology.
b. her (object)
Voy a hablar con ella para ver si nos puede aconsejar.I'm going to talk to her and see if she can advise us.
c. it (things or animals)
Esa es mi casa. Detrás de ella hay un garaje.That's my house. Behind it, there's a garage.
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cómo se llama el(
koh
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moh
 
seh
 
yah
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mah
 
ehl
)
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (in direct questions)
a. what's the name of the
¿Cómo se llama el símbolo "&"? - En inglés se llama "ampersand".What's the name of the symbol "&"? - In English it's called "ampersand."
2. (in indirect questions)
a. what the name of the ... is
Entonces la mujer me mira y pregunta cómo se llama el bebé.Then the woman looks at me and asks what the name of the baby is.
b.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
The teacher couldn't remember the name of the author of Little Red Riding Hood.La profesora no recordaba cómo se llama el autor de Caperucita Roja.
A decir verdad, no sé cómo se llama el río que pasa por Moscú.To be honest, I don't know the name of the river that runs through Moscow.
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