High Frequency Word in Spanish 40 – ÉL / EL

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Él (with an accent) or el (without an accent) is the fortieth most common word in the Spanish language.

This is a very interesting monosyllable. It is one of those words that people who have not even learned any Spanish will at least recognise.

El certainly packs a punch – small though it is, this word means “the” in English. But it can also mean he – but when it means “he”, the little word has an accent.

Here are a couple of examples of the use of both with and without accents

El libro es interesante – the book is interesting.

Él es el mejor – he is the best

So there it is, a tale of well-known monosyllable, with and without an accent.

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