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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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ellos, ellas
pronoun personal
Usually omitted in Spanish except for emphasis or contrast.
1. they (sujeto, predicado)
  • los invitados son ellos, ellas they are the guests, it is they who are the guests
2. (después de preposición) them (complemento)
  • de ellos, ellas theirs
  • me voy al bar con ellas I'm going with them to the bar
  • díselo a ellos, ellas tell it to them
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ellosas ellas
1 (como sujeto) they
—¿quién lo sabe? —ellos "who knows?" — "they do" o "them"; ellas no lo saben they don't know
ellas ya la han visto
me dijiste que ellos no vendrían you told me they wouldn't be coming; ellas nunca llegan tarde, pero ellos sí the girls never arrive late, but the boys do
los chicos no vinieron, pero ellas sí
2 (después de prep) them
a ellos: dáselo a ellos give it to them; pregúntales a ellas ask them; no se lo digas a ellos don't tell them; a ellos no les han robado they didn't rob them; estamos esperándolas a ellas we're waiting for them; con ellos with them; entre ellos between them; para ellos for them
comimos con ellos este asunto quedó entre ellas he traido unos juguetes para ellos todo lo hizo por ellos
3 (en comparaciones)
como ellos as them; soy tan rica como ellas I'm just as rich as them; no puedo comportarme como ellos I can't behave like them; que ellos than them; tenemos más poder que ellos we're more powerful than them
4 (como posesivo)
de ellos theirs; el libro es de ellos the book is theirs; este dinero es de ellas this money is theirs; estuvimos en casa de ellos we were at their house; fue culpa de ellas it was their fault
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