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"Ellos" is a pronoun which is often translated as "they", and "traer" is a transitive verb which is often translated as "to bring". Learn more about the difference between "ellos" and "traer" below.
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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A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
1. (to transport)
a. to bring
Tráeme las llaves, por favor.Bring me the keys, please.
2. (to have with one)
a. to carry
¿Qué traes en esta maleta tan pesada?What are you carrying in that heavy suitcase?
b. to have on
No traigo dinero. ¿Me prestas?I don't have any money on me. Can you lend me some?
3. (to be dressed in)
a. to wear
La novia trae un vestido blanco largo con encaje delicado.The bride is wearing a long, white dress with delicate lace.
4. (to include)
a. to have
Este periódico no trae crucigrama.This newspaper doesn't have a crossword.
5. (to provoke)
a. to bring
La recesión trajo un alto nivel de desempleo.The recession brought a high level of unemployment.
b. to cause
La inundación de las calles trajo muchos problemas de congestión.The flooding of the streets caused serious traffic problems.
6. (to make someone feel; used with an adjective)
a. to make
Me trae preocupada la noticia del la caída de la bolsa.The news of the stock crash is making me nervous.
b. to drive (crazy)
¡Ese ruido me trae loco!That noise is driving me crazy!
7. (to attract)
a. to bring
¿No sabes que hacer eso trae mala suerte?Don't you know that doing that brings bad luck?
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(to have a problem with)
Regionalism used in Mexico
a. to be wrong with
Oye, ¿qué traes? - No traigo nada; solo estoy muy cansado.Hey, what's wrong with you? - Nothing's wrong with me; I'm just really tired.
A pronominal verb always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Te ves cansado.).
9. (to carry)
a. to bring
Me traje dos trajes de baño por si vamos mucho a la playa.I brought two bathing suits in case we go to the beach a lot.
b. to bring along
Tráete el perro cuando vamos al parque.Bring the dog along when we go to the park.
10. (to plot)
a. to be up to
¿Qué se trae Carlitos? Lleva una sonrisa traviesa.What's Carlitos up to? He has a mischievous grin on his face.
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