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Usage note
In Spanish, the conjunction "e" is used instead of "y" before a word beginning with "i" or "hi." This word may be capitalized in sense 2) and must be capitalized in senses 3) and 4).
A conjunction is a word that connects words, phrases, clauses, or sentences (e.g. The cat and the dog slept.).
1. (copulative)
a. and
Caballeros e hidalgos pertenecían a la clase alta de la sociedad antigua.Knights and noblemen belonged to old society upper class.
Mi hermano habla francés e inglés.My brother speaks French and English.
A feminine noun is almost always used with feminine articles and adjectives (e.g. la mujer bonita, la luna llena).
2. (letter)
a. e
El nombre Eduardo empieza con una E.The name Eduardo starts with an E.
3. (music)
a. E
El guitarrista tocó una E.The guitarist played an E.
An abbreviation is the shortened form of a word or group of words (e.g. "UFO" = "unidentified flying object"; "p." = "page").
4. (East)
a. E
Toma la salida para agarrar 66 E.Take the exit to get on 66 E.
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1. and
e is used instead of y in front of words beginning with i or hi (e.g. apoyo e interés support and interest; corazón e hígado heart and liver).
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(before words beginning with i and hi, but not hie) and
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