Hi dtucker! we frequently use "LOS" (the) in Spanish. BUT in this sentence you need to know that this preposition is important. The sentece doesn't focus in every animal worldwide. The sentence refers to a specific group of animals. So you need to use "The" (Los) if you are talking about something specific.
I hope this helps.
Duo is not wrong and the appearance of the "personal a" is neither arbitrary nor even optional. When it comes to animals, however, it depends on the attitude of the writer/speaker. You might think of that as meaning optional, but it isn't really. If you consider the animal(s) in personal terms, then you need to indicate that with the preposition. If you don't think of them that way, then you would not include the preposition. The cool part is that one's attitude is expressed explicitly through the presence/absence of this preposition.
That's a good question.
I suppose one could argue against using the personal "a" here because the animals mentioned are not pets, and thus the speaker has no personal feelings toward them.
Still, one could argue just as easily that the person wouldn't save them if he didn't have feelings toward them, or that we really don't know if they are pets or not.
If you love the "animals" you have to say in Spanish: "Yo salvo a los animales", as signal of respect or love for them. "a" before a direct compliment is an obligatory use in Spanish when the direct compliment is a person or an animal to whom love or respect is due. Not to use it means that your level of Spanish is very, very low. In English you have something very similar when respect or love is introduced in the sentence. Example: Have you seen my little dog Fifí? I have lost: him?, her? or it? "Los" introduces an already recognized group of animals or already supposed known animals. "Yo salvo animales" is correct. But it means something a little different. "I save animals", any kind of animals.
The reason why the 2nd one has an "a" is because the 2nd sentence requires a personal "a", but the first sentence didn't. http://www.studyspanish.com/lessons/persa.htm http://spanish.about.com/cs/grammar/a/personal_a.htm
Yes. Yo salvo is only present tense. https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/salvar#Conjugation_5
There seems to be some confusion over use of the so-called "personal a." According to RAE the "personal a" is used for direct objects when the object is (a) a specific person or persons or (b) personified in some way. You do not have to have an emotional or personal attachment to an animal for the "personal a" to apply, though that would certainly be a common usage.
Note, for example, that case (b) above applies to businesses as well. When you call a bank, for example, you personify the bank and include the "personal a."
In this drill, you could use the "personal a" or not, depending on your intent.
Yes, depending on what you're trying to say.
I started off trying to explain why it would be wrong, but forgot that los animales can mean some specific animals and not just animals in a general sense. If you interpret the sentence as referring to animals in general, then you would not include a. If you mean some specific group of animals, especially if you have a special connection to them, then you could insert a as a way to personify the animals and emphasize that connection.
Thanks, BenYoung84 for catching my error.
Okay , i got mine wrong because i typed in " I saved the animals" I should have known because this lesson is present tense. lol But to be fair, If this had been " I saved the animals" Would the only difference be the accento over the "O" in Salvo? So if i said "Yo salvó los animales" would that be an acceptable translation?
Using SpanishDict.com i typed in "saved" and read it in a sentence and they used this: "The rescue team saved the mountain climber from the avalanche" Spanish translation. "El equipo de rescate salvó al montañero de la avalancha."
So i'm assuming it matters how you say Salvo and Salvó, because it could mean both Save and Saved, plus or minus the accento over the "O" giving it a different tense.