What's the difference between "ver a alguien" and "ver alguien" Is there a difference?
difference between ver a and ver
you need the "a"...that's the gramatically correct way of saying "to see somebody" the "a" is what we call a "personal a" and it does not translate to English. You use it when a PERSON (or someone with person-like qualities, like a pet) is the direct object of a verb.
I saw Mrs. Smith.
Yo vi a Señora Smith. The 'a' does not translate.
If you wanted to say "I saw the school" you don't need the "a" because the school isn't a person.
Yo vi la escuela.
"Ver a alguien" is correct.
That's an example of the "Personal A," which isn't used in English so it's a bit confusing. Here's an article that may clear it up a bit for you.