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El vs Al

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I just saw a question El caballo ve al gato, but you wouldn't translate it "The horse sees to the cat." Al means "to the" or "at," but neither of them fit in. They sh . . . . .more

6 years ago

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Isn't it literally: The horse looks at the cat?

6 years ago

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@valgal707 No, it's not that. You see, if you look carefully, it says "To the," not "at the."

6 years ago

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@dadaduo For all practical purposes "to" <=> "at" when translating between english and spanish. This is because spanish has no "at," so it uses "to" instead, kind of like there being no "on" in spanish.

6 years ago