el
Listen to an audio pronunciation
Listen to an audio pronunciation
Usage note
This word is often capitalized and must be preceded by the definite article.
el(
ehl
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(transport)
Regionalism used in the United States
(United States)
a. el ferrocarril elevado
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Saul rode the El to work for years.Saúl tomó el ferrocarril elevado para ir al trabajo durante años.
Copyright © Curiosity Media Inc.
él
Listen to an audio pronunciation
Listen to an audio pronunciation
él(
ehl
)
A pronoun is a word that stands in for a noun (e.g. she).
1. (personal)
a. he (subject)
Él ha sido mi mejor amigo por 15 años.He has been my best friend for 15 years.
b. him (object)
Dale el libro a él.Give the book to him.
c. it (things or animals)
Ese insecto parece inocente pero todavía tengo miedo de él.That bug seems harmless but I still am afraid of it.
Copyright © Curiosity Media Inc.
él, ella
pronoun personal
Usually omitted as a personal pronoun in Spanish except for emphasis or contrast.
1. he, (f) she (sujeto, predicado) (persona) ; it (animal, cosa)
  • mi hermana es ella she's the one who is my sister
2. (después de preposición) him, (f) her (complemento)
  • de él his
  • de ella hers
  • voy a ir de vacaciones con ella I'm going on holiday with her
  • díselo a ella tell it to her
  • este regalo es para él this present is for him
Copyright © 2006 Harrap Publishers Limited
él
1 (sujeto) (persona) he; (cosa, animal) it
¡es él! it's him!
2 (después de prep) (persona) him; (cosa, animal) it
esto es para él this is for him; vamos sin él let's go without him
3 (uso posesivo)
de él (persona) his; (cosa, animal) its; mis libros y los de él my books and his; todo eso es de él all that is his; all that belongs to him
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
Word Roots
Hover on a tile to learn new words with the same root.
Word Roots
Hover on a tile to learn new words with the same root.
Examplesloading
Learn Spanish with Fluencia
Try Fluencia, the new Spanish learning program from SpanishDict.
  • Fun and interactive
  • Highly effective
  • Easy to use
  • Works on any device
Start Learning
Did this page answer your question?