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"Ella" is a pronoun which is often translated as "she", and "de dónde es él" is a phrase which is often translated as "where he's from". Learn more about the difference between "ella" and "de dónde es él" 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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de dónde es él(
deh
 
dohn
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deh
 
ehs
 
ehl
)
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (in statements; third person singular)
a. where he's from
No sé de dónde es él, pero su novia es potuguesa.I don't know where he's from, but his girlfriend is Portuguese.
b. where he comes from
Me pregunto de dónde es él. Tiene un acento que no reconozco.I wonder where he comes from. He has an accent I can't identify.
2. (in questions; third person singular)
a. where is he from
¿De dónde es él si dices que no es inglés? - Es irlandés.Where is he from if you say he's not English? - He's Irish.
b. where does he come from
La madre de María es de Colombia, pero su padre no. - ¿De dónde es él entonces?Maria's mother comes from Colombia, but her father doesn't. - Where does he come from then?
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