"My parents went to the restaurant."
Translation:Mis padres fueron al restaurante.
Why 'al'? Restaurante is masculine and thus, needs an 'el' beforehand. I understand how to conjugate both 'del' and 'al' but I have no idea when to use them correctly. Does it have something to do with past tense here?
Here the 'a' is the preposition for 'to'. It is often used with verbs of motion. A + el = al
Confusingly, the wrong answer "Mis padres ven al restaurante." is corrected to "Mis padres iban al restaurante." (i.e., the imperfect tense).
I started to look up why "iban" was used because that makes no sense to me and then saw that the official answer involves "fueron" (i.e., the preterite tense)…