In this quick video, youll not only see how to use the personal a.
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the personal a is used where the direct object of a sentence is a person. In our example, madre is an identifiable individual and person. 2, the personal a is not used because the direct objects are not persons.
The personal a is not used after the verb tener, or the verb form hay. If the direct object is an indefinite person, the personal a is not used.
the personal a is generally used when the direct object is a person, or an animal or thing that is thought of as a having personal qualities. Although in other contexts a is the equivalent of the english to, the personal a is usually not translated to english. With certain pronouns this is really more of a clarification rather than an exception.
The personal a is a preposition that we use when the direct object of a sentence is a person. Confused? A simple sentence will help clarify the usage of the personal a in spanish. (to review, the direct object of a sentence is the recipient of the verb in the sentence.).
We dont use the personal a with the verbs tener, necesitar, buscar, and haber the verb tener tengo dos hijos.