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When is a personal a required ?

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a: the direct object is a thing b: The direct object is a person c: The indirect object is a thing d: The indirect object is a person

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updated JUN 30, 2010
posted by locohotcoco

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In Spanish, when the direct object is a person, it is preceded by the preposition "a." This word has no English translation.

Jorge llama a María. Jorge calls María.

This link has more info on when it is and when it isn't needed, hope it helps smile

Personal a

From the perspective of the English speaker, the personal "a" appears to be an extra word. From the perspective of the Spanish speaker, the personal "a" is required, and to not use it is a serious error.

Jorge llama a María.

The personal "a" may also be used if the direct object is a domesticated animal, especially a pet, provided that the speaker attaches some sort of personal feelings towards the animal.

La mujer acaricia a su perro. (acariciar) The woman pets her dog.

El perro persigue a la gata. (perseguir) The dog chases the cat.

updated JUN 30, 2010
posted by Kiwi-Girl
:-) Siempre la uso con mis mascotas! lol - Delores--Lindsey, JUN 30, 2010
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