"Who knows those doctors?"
Translation:¿Quién conoce a esos médicos?
Why is "a" necessary here? The previous sentence was "No conozco esas medicas". Why no "a" in that sentence, but it is used here?
It is a personal 'a' it is used after a verb if the verb is used for a defined noun like the doctor, my brother, etc...
It's called the personal "a". Use it when the object is a living being.
More on the personal "a": it doesn't NOT translate into English but it is imperative when the object of a sentence is a person and even a pet. It is considered very impolite to leave it out. It is tough. I go for weeks getting it right and then my brain fries and it seems I can't remember to do it with my are twisted behind my back. Good luck! BTW the person who does the liking or loving (gustar and encantar verbs) is the object and needs the personal "a"
I was marked wrong for writing "Quién conoce a aquellos doctores?" ...anyone know why this was wrong?
"Doctor" is also used in Spanish in the more general sense of having completed the highest level of education ('doctorate'). This could be a doctor of medicine, a dentist, a psychologist, or even a doctor of philosophy, etc. (Reference: https://dle.rae.es/?id=E3TMkYQ)
"Médico" refers specifically to a doctor of medicine, but all "médicos" are also "doctores". :-)
Because conoces would be formal and you are asking everyone /anyone - informally - for information.
Conoces is not formal. It is the informal singular tú, which is 2nd person. Quién is 3rd person.
Can anyone tell me when 'eses' is used and when 'esos'? Or am I just wrong and there's no such word as 'eses'
“Quien Conoce aquellos medicos” and was marked correct. I forgot the “a” but was marked correct. Why?
I'm in mexico. I asked a coworker and he did not know why the a is there and said it is not needed.
No, quite the opposite.
Saber is general, impersonal knowledge. It's facts and figures, how to do things. You know of celebrities. That's saber.
Conocer is more intimate familiarity. The personal a is used before people and pets. Conozco los Estados Unidos. Conozco a mi madre.
Just a guess but is it because conoce ends in e and esos starts in e the 'a' separates the sounds...?
the hint gives SABE but then the only answer it accepts is CONOCE...WTF Duo
Although both "saber" and "conocer" translate to "to know," in Spanish they mean different things. "Saber" is used in the context of knowledge. "Conocer" is used when getting to know a person.