Spanish: The Preposition - Explanation 
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This lesson explains the Preposition "a". You'll have an instructor who will explain in detail in the below video. (More text below video...)
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English: One use of the preposition “a” in Spanish is when the direct object in the sentence is a person or a group of people. It’s called the personal “a”, and it doesn’t have equivalent in English.
Spanish: Un uso de la preposición “a” en español es cuando el objeto directo en la oración es una persona o un grupo de personas. Se llama la “a” personal y no tiene equivalente en inglés.
English: Let’s see the following example:
Spanish: Veamos el siguiente ejemplo:
English: I see Luis.
Spanish: Yo veo a Luis.
English: Another example: I don’t know the lawyers in this firm.
Spanish: Otro ejemplo: Yo no conozco a los abogados de esta firma.
English: And one more example: Whom can I ask?
Spanish: Y un ejemplo más: ¿A quién puedo preguntarle?
English: We also use the personal “a” when we refer to our pets.
Spanish: También usamos la “a” personal cuando nos referimos a nuestras mascotas.
English: For example: Carlos walks his dog.
Spanish: Por ejemplo: Carlos pasea a su perro.
English: I love my cat.
Spanish: Yo amo a mi gato.
English: The personal “a” is not used when the direct object is a thing or a place.
Spanish: La “a” personal no se usa cuando el objeto directo es una cosa o un lugar.
English: Example: I know New York city.
Spanish: Ejemplo: Conozco la ciudad de Nueva York.
English: Another example: I buy a book.
Spanish: Otro ejemplo: Compro un libro.
English: The personal “a” is rarely used when is followed by the verb “to have” even if the direct object is one person or people.
Spanish: La “a” personal rara vez se usa cuando es seguida por el verbo “tener” aún si el objeto directo es una persona o personas.
English: Example: I have two brothers.
Spanish: Ejemplo: Tengo dos hermanos.
English: My brother has two children.
Spanish: Mi hermano tiene dos hijos.
English: Easy isn’t it? Very well! Now let’s practice.
Spanish: ¿Fácil verdad? ¡Muy bien! Ahora vamos a practicar
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