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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).
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A conjunction is a word that connects words, phrases, clauses, or sentences (e.g. The cat and the dog slept.).
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).
An abbreviation is the shortened form of a word or group of words (e.g. "UFO" = "unidentified flying object"; "p." = "page").
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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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