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ese

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Usage note
The pronoun used to be written "ése," but nowadays the correct spelling omits the accent unless it is needed to avoid ambiguity.
ese(
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seh
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An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
adjective
1. (demonstrative)
a. that (masculine singular)
Ese coche es el que más me gusta.That car is the one I like best.
A pronoun is a word that stands in for a noun (e.g. she).
pronoun
2. (demonstrative)
a. that one (masculine singular)
Eligió ese, el que está más cerca.She chose that one, the nearest one.
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
feminine noun
3. (letter)
a. s
"Hacer" no se escribe con ese."Hacer" isn't spelt with an "s."
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ese
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
adjective
1. (en general)
a. that, pl those
2. (fam pey)
a.
el hombre ese no me inspira confianzaI don't trust that man
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ese
name of the letter S
en forma de ese S-shaped
hacer eses [+carretera] to zigzag; twist and turn; [+coche] to zigzag; [+borracho] to reel about
esea esa
demonstrative adjective
that
esa casa that house; esos/as those; esos dibujos those drawings; no conozco al tío ese I don't know that guy (familiar)
esea esa
ésea ésa
demonstrative pronoun
1 that one
ese es el mío that one is mine; esos/as those; those ones; prefiero esos I prefer those ones; esos que te compré yo the ones I bought you
2 (en locuciones)
¡no me vengas con esas! don't give me any more of that nonsense!; y cosas de esas and suchlike; ¡no me salgas ahora con esas! don't bring all that up again!; no es una chica de esas she's not that kind of girl; ni por esas (de ningún modo) on no account; (aun así) even so
In the past the standard spelling for these demonstrative pronouns was with an accent ([ése, ésa, ésos] and [ésas]). Nowadays the [Real Academia Española] advises that the accented forms are only required where there might otherwise be confusion with the adjective.
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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