"Yo presento a mi perro."
How would you say "I present to my dog" given that "mi perro" already requires an 'a' beforehand?
I would imagine it would also be "a".
For instance: I present my letters to them. Les presento mis cartas a ellos.
I am curious about the use of "a" before mi perro. Can anyone help me understand?
I would really like DL to explain the "personal 'a'" better; it really trips people up. As I understand it, the personal a is used when a person is a direct object; it is not translatable into English, but grammatically necessary in Spanish. Sometimes animals (pets) -- and even things (such as a boat/ship) -- can be personified.
I think it is the 'personal a' that must be used before direct objects that are people or pets.
I would think so, given that "show" in this context is the same as "present" (as in the Westminster Kennel Club dog show kind of thing).
It's an odd use of the English word 'exhibit' which you would rarely come across but it conveys the same meaning. Present or show would be better though.