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"Ellos" is a pronoun which is often translated as "they", and "cantar" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to sing". Learn more about the difference between "ellos" and "cantar" below.
ellos(
eh
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yohs
)
A pronoun is a word that stands in for a noun (e.g. she).
1. (third person plural)
a. they (subject)
¿Ellos van a venir a cenar?Are they coming to dinner?
b. them (after prepositions)
Si confías en ellos, dales las llaves.If you trust them, give them the keys.
c. them (in comparisons)
Mi hermano y yo somos tan altos como ellos.My brother and I are as tall as them.
d. theirs (after "de" to show possession)
Esta ropa es de ellos.These clothes are theirs.
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cantar(
kahn
-
tahr
)
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (music)
a. to sing
Me encanta cantarle canciones de cuna a mi bebé.I love to sing lullabies to my baby.
2. (to call)
a. to sing
Los pájaros cantan en cualquier momento del día.Birds can sing at any time of day.
b. to crow
El gallo canta al despuntar el día.The rooster crows at the break of dawn.
c. to chirp
Solo cantan los grillos macho.Only the male crickets chirp.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
3. (music)
a. to sing
¿También cantas o solo tocas la guitarra?Do you sing also or just play the guitar?
4. (to snitch)
a. to confess
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Cantó tras horas de interrogatorio.He confessed after hours of interrogation.
5.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(to smell badly)
a. to stink
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Te canta el aliento por las mañanas.Your breath stinks in the morning.
A masculine noun is used with masculine articles and adjectives (e.g. el hombre guapo, el sol amarillo).
6. (literature)
a. song
El Cantar de Roldán es un poema épico.The Song of Roland is an epic poem.
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