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"Yo presento a mi perro."

5 years ago

12 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/lindylou11

How would you say "I present to my dog" given that "mi perro" already requires an 'a' beforehand?

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/dzhankoy

La misma pregunta.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/alainbex

Yes, if you want to present something TO somebody , how is the TO translated ?

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dormouse

I would imagine it would also be "a".

For instance: I present my letters to them. Les presento mis cartas a ellos.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PoppyZed

I am curious about the use of "a" before mi perro. Can anyone help me understand?

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Daniel-in-BC

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.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rspreng

I think it is the 'personal a' that must be used before direct objects that are people or pets.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sjoerd244

Is "I show my dog" also a correct translation..?

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Daniel-in-BC

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).

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/joderita

Wouldn't "I exhibit my dog" be appropriate as well?

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/alexgr03

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.

4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TexMexChica

So what's the correct translation?

4 years ago