"I see a man and a woman."
Translation:Yo veo a un hombre y a una mujer.
wouldnt the sentence also be correct if you say " Veo un hombre y una mujer" ? What purpose does the "a" serve? I dont understand in what circumstances you are required to use it.
What is a "definite human"? Is it like a "specific person"? I can't seem to find good info on what this is, and how best to understand it.
Something about the "a" messes me up. If I recall, it doesn't mean 'to' or 'at' in this case, it's a personal article (or is it a preposition? It's been a while since I took English classes). Thanks for your reply, Mavry!
It's a preposition that refers to direct objects that are human or pets. So since the subjects are human, the preposition "a" is required to denote that. If it was something like an apple or an orange, it would be like this: "yo veo una manzana y una naranja"
So if I use "yo", I don't need to use "a"? I answered "Yo veo a un hombre y a una mujer" and got it wrong.
I read AzizMQ's post but I still don't understand why both versions with and without the personal 'a' are right... (veo a un hombre y a una mujer and veo un hombre y una mujer)
I had written my answer without the 'a' and it was incorrect. Only one version would be correct (Veo a un hombre y a una mujer). eirwen left a great response as to why.
i answered without the two 'a' and it was correct. does that mean it's okay to NOT put the 'a' even if you are referring to a human?
Noticed on this question that it doea not require yo. It accepted it though. Do you not have to use yo all the time?
Nope. One can usually figure out the subject from the verb alone so pronouns aren't always required.
When the conjunction pertains to first person "yo" is understood such as in como una manzana. Como which is the conjucated form of comer is first person so it has an understood yo. I hope that helps
What is the purpose of the "a" before "un"? Doesn't the the sentence make sense without it?
In Spanish when people are the direct objects of verbs, we need to place an "a" in front of them. We refer to this "a" as the "Personal A" since it is used when persons (human being) are direct objects. I found the above answer on the web. However, no one here has yet to explain why you can leave it out and DL will count it as correct(See rachel553076 comment near the top).