connecting two verbs
There was a question a while ago about the general rule on having 2 verbs follow each other. I understand that the first one follows the rule on conjugation and the second one takes the infinitive form. However, sometimes I see the preposition "a" appear between the 2 verbs. What is the rule for determining if an "a" should be placed between 2 verbs? Thanks!
If you look at the verbs that are followed by "a" you will see that an infinitive commonly follows the conjugated verb.
empiezo a verlo.
comienzo a hacerlo.
I wish Vince knew a rule since this often confuses me, too. I know that if the first verb is a conjugation of "ir", it will be followed by "a". Sometimes there are other prepositions (en, de).
I don't know if there is a rule. I'm fluent in spanish, so whatever sounds best to me, I go with. That's how I judge things and that's how I pass spanish class.
I think that you would need "a" when the second verb needs direction or purpose, for example:
-ir a correr
you should ask yourself why do you need to go? TO run.
-comienzo a hacerlo
what are you starting? I'm starting TO do it.
I hope I'm making myself clear, it's just my own way of seeing it.