"Busca a" vs. "busca"
Could someone explain the difference between those sentences to be? I just don't get it...
" Juan busca a su hermana" "El hombre busca las llaves de ella" and "Maria busca la hermana de Juan"
Why does the first sentence use "busca a" and the other ones use "busca"?
Thanks a lot in advance!!
Juan busca a su hermana = the 'a' is the 'personal a' and it is used when the object of the verb is a person.
El hombre busca las llaves = the keys are not a person, so no 'personal a'
Maria busca la hermana de Juan = I would think this should be '...busca a la hermana...'
The "personal a" makes things, well, more personal. More special.
Escucho la música - I hear the music (or I listen to the music)
Escucho a mi mamá - I hear my mother (or I listen to my mother)
Veo el árbol - I see the tree
Veo a mi hermana - I see my sister
Eligo un beisbol - I pick out a baseball
Eligo a un amigo - I pick a friend
Thank you so much! Does this rule only apply to persons, or to any living subjects, meaning pets and other animals included?
It can also apply to a country. For example, you can say "Amo a mi patria" which makes it more special.
So can I apply it to anything that has a special meaning to me? Like... I don't know, stupid example, but if I have an emotional binding with my house, city, a certain object etc.?