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"Ellos" is a pronoun which is often translated as "they", and "los" is a definite article which is often translated as "the". Learn more about the difference between "ellos" and "los" below.
ellos(
eh
-
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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los(
lohs
)
A definite article is a word that identifies a noun as as specific or known to the speaker (e.g. the girl).
1. (plural)
a. the
Todos los asientos estaban ocupados.All the seats were taken.
A pronoun is a word that stands in for a noun (e.g. she).
2. (plural)
a. them
Escoja los plátanos que quiera y póngalos en una caja.Pick the bananas you prefer, and put them in a box.
b. you
Damas y caballeros, un guía los acompañará hasta la entrada.Ladies and gentlemen, a guide will walk you to the entrance.
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