When to use al versus el...
How does one determine when to use "al" versus "el" when following a verb before a masculine noun?
Example A: El vaquero está usando un lazo para atrapar al ternero.
Example B: El vaquero está usando un lazo para atar el ternero.
Thanks in advance for any help!
Yesero is correct. Al is one of two contractions in Spanish.
al = a + al
del = de + el
...para trapar el ternero because there is no need for "de" as you are simply saying the calf.
"Al" is a contraction of "a el". You use "al" when you need to say "a el" (much like "del" is a contraction of "de el").
Welcome to the forum. I'm not one for grammatical advice but I believe it is :
el = "the"
al =" to the" -a shortened version of "a el"
in which case your example A would be incorrect.