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"Ellos" is a pronoun which is often translated as "they", and "familia" is a noun which is often translated as "family". Learn more about the difference between "ellos" and "familia" 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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familia(
fah
-
mee
-
lyah
)
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
1. (relatives)
a. family
Me voy de vacaciones con mi familia.I'm going on vacation with my family.
2. (offspring)
a. family
¿Ya han pensado en tener familia?Have you thought about starting a family yet?
b. children
De momento no quieren tener familia.For the time being, they don't want to have children.
3. (lineage)
a. family
Mi padre viene de una familia de empresarios muy conocida.My father comes from a well-known family of entrepreneurs.
4. (group of related members)
a. family
El español, el italiano y el francés están en la misma familia lingüística.Spanish, Italian, and French are in the same linguistic family.
5. (biology)
a. family
Los mosquitos pertenecen a la familia de los dípteros.Mosquitoes belong to the Diptera family.
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