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"The girl helps her brother."

Translation:La niña ayuda a su hermano.

3 months ago

8 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/AndrewWadd10

Can anyone offer me some help; I'm confused, when should I add the 'a'. Google Translate tells me La niña ayuda su hermano translates as The girl helps her brother. So I'm just confused about the purpose of the 'a'.

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/spiceyokooko
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Caught by the 'personal a' join the club!

This is one of the things I've really struggled to get to grips with and I still get caught out with it even now.

This explains it:

https://studyspanish.com/grammar/lessons/persa

https://www.fluentu.com/blog/spanish/personal-a-in-spanish/

It drives me batty!

3 months ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RuthannPi

Thanks for the links. This personal "a" stuff...lack of an explanation within Duolingo...shows that it can't be one's only way to learn Spanish.

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/crabilld
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First, there might be an explanation on the desktop version. Second, although I agree that Duolingo shouldn't be the only way someone learns a language (nor should any non-immersive tool, for that matter), I will say that after doing Duolingo every day for over 4 years, I have developed an intuitive sense for the "personal a". I don't know how to explain it... I just kind of know it should be there. And I accept that there are weird things like this in any language (especially English) that need time and practice to master.

3 days ago

https://www.duolingo.com/josephkorv

This is exactly how Duolingo works.

1 day ago

https://www.duolingo.com/RChandrasekar

Why cant we use chica instead of niña ?

3 weeks ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Andrew694267

Great links! Really helpful.

1 week ago

https://www.duolingo.com/steveg53

Im liking the english queztion translating to spanish ..im learning somethjng finally....sp question to english i get 95% + correct....eng to sp i get maybe 60% correct...nog that i lkke being wrong ....but im learning more in ghis format...duo ling take note please

1 week ago