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a problem with "a" using by some verbs

Hi. please pay attention to these two sentences: Ella presenta el mono. Ella presenta a su primo. According to these two sentences: when do we use "a" after a verb like "presenta" and when don't we use it? i have a great problem with using or not using "a" after some verbs such as "culpa". "presenta", "visita" and so on. please let me know. thanks

4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Resonance2001

There is something called the 'personal a' which is thrown in before a human which is the direct object such as: Vi a su amigo (or hermana, madre etc.) which means I've seen your friend. Vi una casa = I've seen a house (not a person). There are also some verbs which need an 'a' after it anyway. I have tried to list them all in a document but I have included 'de' too. Perhaps it may be of some use to you: http://spanishplus.tripod.com/VerbsandPrepositions.htm#TopOfPage

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/superdaisy

My Spanish teacher explained it as "whenever the verb is being done/involves someone else, use the 'a'." You visit a person, blame a person, introduce a person, etc.

However, with the monkey and the cousin sentences, there's probably something more subtle going on. "Presentar" can mean "to introduce" AND "to show." Is she showing the monkey--like show and tell--and introducing the cousin to the group? If yes, then there's an object noun missing.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/nimasoltanirad

thanks dear for your explanation.

4 years ago