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"I always visit my parents."

Translation:Yo siempre visito a mis padres.

June 16, 2018


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Why do you need the "a" ?? someone help please.

June 16, 2018


It's the personal 'a'.

In Spanish when the direct object is a person or persons, it's preceded by an 'a'.

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Very helpful. Thanks.


Thanks. Very helpful!


It's also used when the DO is a pet.


The personal "a" is hard to understand. This articl was very helpful to me.


Can someone advise if siempre is commonly used after Yo as online soanish tuition courses tell you to put siempre at start of any sentence?


Actually "siempre" could go at the end of the phrase here. The Spanish are quite flexible with the word order in that way.


Why is the "a" necessary?


The answer is in the beginning of this thread.


Why cannot siempre come after the verb?


No puedo visitar mls padres. Porque ahora no viven más.


Lo siento :( qué difícil


My grandmother says "parientes" all the time, is that Spanglish?


That means relatives, not parents. It's a classic false friend.


Ohh!!! That makes sense now! Except I don't know what you mean by "classic false friend"


False friends are Spanish words that are very similar to an English word but have a different meaning such as embarazada = pregnant, constipado = having a heavy cold. Etc.


Why do you sometimes us "a" and sometimes you don't? This has probably been one of my biggest struggles with the Spanish language.


You have to use the personal a for certain types of verbs. I'm no grammar expert but I think it is with transitive verbs, so if the verb directly acts on the person, you use the 'a'. But verbs like tener, you don't. So you wouldn't say tengo a un padre, just tengo un padre.


So " yo siemprr visito mis padres" wouldn't mean the same without that "a" that's there because i don't know why its even there lol


Read spiceyokooko's comment above, and check out the link she left. :-)


I checked it out and I'm gonna have to give it time. I feel as if you can have that in every sentence in Spanish just because. But again I'm still learning and I'm sure I'll catch on eventually with more practice


When do you use visito and visitar, since both are used for I ...


visitar is the infinitive form of the verb. If you are saying "I visit my parents" the sentence is "Yo visito mis padres." But if you're saying "I want to visit my parents" then the sentence is "Yo quiero visitar mis padres." The direct verb is quiero, and the verb visitar is in infinitive form because it is something like the indirect verb. I believe that's the name of the form. At any rate, that's when you would use the infinitive form. I don't think it's ever correct to say "Yo visitar mis padres."


I think the term you're looking for is "infinitive." Visitar = the infinitive form.

I hope when you see this you can press "edit" and include the "personal a" in your examples, and, to make them even more correct, change them to "mis padres" plural. (a mis padres)

These small but important changes will make your explanation helpful for future readers.


Thanks! Changes made.


Without an "a" means the same.


It may mean the same to you with spanish as a second language, but to a native spanish speaker it is wrong. As it says in this link from earlier in this discussion, https://studyspanish.com/grammar/lessons/persa , the personal has no counterpart in english, but it is vital feature of spanish. When you don't use the personal 'a' you just sound ignorant. Sorry, but true.

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