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"Estos" is a pronoun which is often translated as "these", and "ellos" is a pronoun which is often translated as "they". Learn more about the difference between "estos" and "ellos" below.
estos(
ehs
-
tohs
)
A pronoun is a word that stands in for a noun (e.g. she).
1. (demonstrative)
a. these
¿Cuáles libros te quieres llevar? - Quiero estos.Which books do you want to take? - I want these.
b. these ones (colloquial)
Los zapatos de esta tienda son increíbles. - Ya sé; me encantan estos.The shoes in this shop are amazing. - I know; I love these ones.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
2. (demonstrative)
a. these
Estos libros son los que tenemos que comprar.These books are the ones we have to buy.
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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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