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"What is that?" is a phrase which is often translated as "¿Qué es eso?", and "the" is a definite article which is often translated as "el". Learn more about the difference between "What is that?" and "the" below.
What is that?(
wuhd
 
ihz
 
thaht
)
A phrase is a group of words commonly used together (e.g once upon a time).
phrase
1. (general)
a. ¿Qué es eso?
"What is that?" she asked, pointing to a flashing light on the control panel."¿Qué es eso?" preguntó, señalando una luz intermitente en el tablero de control.
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the(
thuh
)
A definite article is a word that identifies a noun as as specific or known to the speaker (e.g. the girl).
1. (general)
a. el (singular, masculine)
The pencil is in the drawer.El lápiz está en el cajón.
b. la (singular, feminine)
The ball is on the floor.La pelota está en el piso.
c. los (plural, masculine)
I like all the dresses in the store.Me gustan todos los vestidos de la tienda.
d. las (plural, feminine)
The flowers you bought are lovely.Las flores que compraste son hermosas.
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