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al perro versus el perro

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Is there a subtle difference between these two sentences or are they totally equivalent?

No veo al perro. No veo el perro.

6 years ago

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wataya
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'al' is the contraction of 'a el'. In Spanish you have to use the 'a' before a direct object if it is a person or an animal you feel some affection for. (The term to look this up is 'personal a'). So, 'veo el perro' could be used if you refer to some random dog on the street. If it is a dog you know, you should use 'veo al perro'. http://www.studyspanish.com/lessons/persa.htm

6 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/EdTech

Thanks, I was miffed. I haven't seen "a" used yet so there is no way I could understand the contraction.

6 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mala2012

Thanks wataya. Excellent answer.

6 years ago
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