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"He loves going to the zoo."

Translation:A él le encanta ir al zoológico.

June 17, 2018



Why do I need to start the sentence with an "a" ? Is it a must?


In real life it's not, but since it is technically more grammatically correct, you must add it for Duolingo to accept your answer.


le encanta can mean he loves, she loves or you love, so we need an "a" to specify.


'A' doesn't specify 'He,' it doesn't specify anything. 'él' specifies 'He.' The 'A' at the beginning of the sentence is a redundant object pronoun.


I believe that the A is required when you use the subject and you don't use the A when you just use the verb form. A usted le encanta... versus Le encanta...

A Julia le gusta... versus Le gusta...


no their just teaching you different ways to say it just like that can be ese or aquel either works


Why al instead of el zoologico?


to the = a + el = al

le encanta ir al zoo = he loves to go to the zoo


Then where do we use del?


"del" is "of the" or "from the"


de + el = del, can't be used with 'la', only with 'el'


If I ever learn spanish well enough to converse in it I will avoid using gustar and encanta. These verbs are so complicated.


It is not as complicated as you think. It is because gustar and encantar don't actually mean "to like" and "to love." Gustar means "it pleases me." In this case the pronoun you are referring (Whoever likes the object) to is not the subject. It does not do the verb. Whatever pleases you does the verb. You may be asking what the me, te, se, le, etc. means. When you put "me" in front of gustar, it means the verb is being done to you. So, let's put this together. Whatever you like is the subject and pleases you; it does the verb gustar. So, when we conjugate it should be gusta. Then, you would put a me in front of gusta to indicate that the object pleases you or that you like it. You would put te is someone else likes it, se or le if he/she/it likes it (I don't know why duolingo likes to use le instead), nos if we like it, and se or le is they like it (Again, duolingo likes using les and I'm not sure why). While I explained this with gustar, the same also applies to encantar. This is all a part of reflexive verbs, and I recommend you look it up to learn about it. In my opinion, it's one of the most confusing topics in Spanish and duolingo doesn't explain it well. I hope I helped you.


thanks - that explanation helped a lot. A lingot for you good sir!


why can't you use "va" instead of "ir"?


Because "va" is not an infinitive "to go", but a 3rd person conjugation of it (like "he/she goes"). In this case even in English you need an infinitive.


Why not a usted instead of a él


usted means you (formal) so if you said a usted le encanta ir al zoologico that would mean you (formal) love to go to the zoo


I didn't put a el. Duo marked it wrong. Isn't a el before le gusta not required?


I typed "Le encanta ir al zoológico" and it was accepted on 9/18/2020. So it looks the "A él" isn't required (purely based on my logical deduction in this sentence example), but probably ideal when needing or wanting to be very clear that you are referring to a "he."


Did you put le gusta? It asks for le encanta. Gusta=likes Encanta= loves. I wonder if the purpose for "A él" is to clarify that the speaker is referring to a "he" as opposed to a "she," "it," or formal "you"? Not sure if it is always required, even in conversation where details already mentioned would make it obvious who the speaker was referring to. I'm still a newbie. Thank you for asking this question, because it helped to get me thinking a bit deeper about the break down of the sentence. Hope this helps in some way!


I dont get when I have to use a el gusta


Ir al zoo is also possible.


how does A el le encanta = he loves


Is encantar not reflexive in the same way as gustar? A te gusta..., but le encanta for ir al zoologico?


(A ti) te gusta ..... (you like .....)
(A él) le encanta ..... (he loves .....)

They are the same type of verb. Both need the indirect object pronoun (me, te, le, nos, les), not a reflexive pronoun (me, te, se, nos, se).

Studyspanish.com (Grammar Unit Four: indirect object pronouns and verbs like gustar).


To expand on what marcy65brown said, gustar and encantatr are not reflexive verbs. They are merely verbs that require an indirect object pronoun.



Why can't you use "del" instead of "al"?


Del = de + el (from/of the) Al = a +el (to the)


Why is it al zoologico and not el zoologico?


"a + el = al" meaning "to the". The word "al" is often used when you are going somewhere.


What is the point of covering the window so we can't see what we've typed until we click Check? I'm learning Spanish, not typing blind.


J707706 ...perhaps moot by now; however, touch the "done" key to see what you've typed before submitting your finished answer. (Thought it was just an issue with my phone app.]


Why isn't "el" used here?


can i use 'se encanta' instead of 'le encanta'


can i say "le encanta ir al zoológico" instead of using " a él?"


What are the differences between gusta vs encanta?


My answer: "A el le gusta ir al zoologico" was rejected. And the correct answer is A el le gusta ir al zoologico"


i hate the silent A lol i can never remember when to use it


WHY A BEFORE EL..............?


What's wrong with "A el le encanta ir a el zoologico"??


It was right and they marked it wrong


Is it any wonder i leave Duo for a few days when the answer you write is said to be wrong and the correct answer is identical to what I've written!!!!


If you post in the USER forum, please copy & paste your sentence and Duo's response.
If your answer was correct, but not accepted, then you need to report it to Duo. How do I report an issue with the course?

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