1. Forum
  2. >
  3. Topic: Spanish
  4. >
  5. "Nosotros salvamos a los anim…

"Nosotros salvamos a los animales."

Translation:We save animals.

May 11, 2015



Why is there "a" before los animales ? thanks

May 14, 2015


I think it is the "personal a". We say "salvar la Tierra" (to save the Earth), but when it is a human or an animal, we add an "a". So:

¡Salva al (a+el) perro! = Save the dog! / NOT: ¡Salva el perro!

May 15, 2015


I thought it was only for people and animals with which there was an emotional attachment, i.e: pets. From what I know, it doesn't apply to wild animals, so surely it shouldn't be used here? Unless it is referring to pets.

September 21, 2015


Well, they save the animals, so there is personal attachment.

October 13, 2015


No reason to assume domesticated OR wild animals as the phrase must be able to used with both with minimal adjustment. In Australia people often need to save the animals (farm and pet animals such as horse) in event of fire. I have a (potential at least) attachment to all animals I am responsible for and it would not be logical to assume that Los animals must have a natural bias---that can easil be provided by (not) using a personal "a" and no other change

February 5, 2017


There is no personal attachment unless it is a human or a pet. There is not considered to be a personal attachment if it is a wild animal. It is completely plausible for people to be saving wild animals.

October 13, 2015


There is no mention of wild animals, just animals. Many people save stray cats and dogs and give them to adoption, they are obviously attached to them altough they are not pets yet. I would say that personal attachment is about affection, not about technicality. Altough, it sounds better without that 'a'.

October 13, 2015


? I feel personal attachment to all animals, I don't have to own an animal to care about it personally

March 24, 2017


hbeasley- wild animals, don't need personal A, unless maybe when you know its name, for exemple in a zoo, or when a bear or a panda is known all over the world. the firemen can save animals when a house is on fire, maybe he doesn't know these animals but they're the pets of someone.

January 24, 2016


And the assumption when talking about animals is that they mean wild animals. It also doesn't mention that the animals are tamed, or pets, therefore it is more logical to assume that they are wild. Otherwise it would have said they saved the pets, or strays, in which case the personal 'a' would have been understandable.

Unless in Spanish, the phrase "a los animales" automatically means pets, which would solve this ambiguity.

October 14, 2015


My thoughts as well. Just when I thought I had "a" figured out, they throw this at me.

October 12, 2015


Most likely you can say the statement without the personal "a" or with it depending on how you feel about the animals

March 27, 2016


hbeasley, if there's a fire at my house, I will save the animals, voy a salvar a los animales. And if I want to save them, it's because I love them and I care for them.

January 24, 2016


No, it is for any form of life.

May 23, 2017


Because... I went to help you, but i dont evene know why

January 22, 2019


Just to complicate further the matter of the personal "a", one of the earlier questions was, "Yo salvo los animales", without the "a". After seeing both questions, I concluded that Duolingo's point of view must be that use of the "a" depends upon the speaker's feelings. For example, if the speaker is merely listing his charitable deeds (donates to medical research, supports women's rights, saves animals), then he would not use the "a"; but if he feels strongly about the need to protect animals in general (wild or domestic), then he would use the "a". Does this make sense to native speakers?

March 27, 2017


Again, as I mentioned to Ben, I would hope so. But why not?

July 6, 2017


Save the animals > Kill the animals

October 30, 2015


What a wonderful sentence.

October 12, 2015


It works for pets and people

July 27, 2015


Does the personal 'a' disqualify this from being a statement of generality? And hence does that mean that 'the' is compulsory in the translation?

December 3, 2016


Una pregunta excelente. Espero la respuesta.

April 16, 2017


Good point, as usual right to it. I hope so. We could start the tradition if not? There is in fact a personal/impersonal web of connections to all species whether we "own" them or not. It's mentioned in Genesis, an early work by humans, that we name them and they are part of a "garden" so this conception is OLD. Older conceptions (Native American, etc) do recognize these connections and brotherhoods in rich varieties of ways. But in travel/, we always hope to avoid connecting with certain species. There are always rules and exceptions, exceptions to exceptions.

July 6, 2017


Hey, can you go check out my question? Since it's recent it's on the bottom. I think that the most recent questions should be on the top so that they should be answered, but since they aren't do you think you'll be able to answer it?

February 18, 2018


I'm trying to decide if you're talking about Genesis in a biblical point of view or not.....

February 18, 2018


Genesis or Creation is the term originally derived from the Old Testament, the Torah! Bob Dylan popularized it more recently in his song "In the Beginning" and the lyrics go: God made all the animals in the beginning, long time ago.

April 27, 2018


Fascinating comment Marie, thank you.

July 6, 2017


Marie.. I agree on everything you said! That "web of connections to all species" is also known as The Tree of Life !!

April 27, 2018


Good observation! Makes sense that the "the" is compulsory then.

October 8, 2017


Could not understand the pronunciation of salvamos.

September 23, 2015


Not that difficult to understand if you bear in mind that the stress is on the first syllable.

April 27, 2018


This sentence is in present and also in past simple. We do not know the context. Salvamos is past simple and present

July 25, 2016


Since I'm practicing I decided to use the drop down suggestions and try
"We are saved by the animals"
Given the suggested meaning of each word this should be literally correct.
nosotros (we) salvamos (are saved) a (by) los animales (the animals)
Can someone tell me why it isn't?

November 4, 2015


(Nosostros) salvamos means "we save", not "we are saved". The subject is the people, who are saving the animals, not the other way round.

"We are saved by the animals" would be "Los animales nos salvaron", I believe (The animals saved us).

November 4, 2015



November 4, 2015


'We are saved by the animals' is a sentence in the passive voice so it would have to be translated as a passive sentence in Spanish: "Nosotros estamos savlados por los animales."

April 27, 2018


paminala- you used passive form,, that's why it isn't correct, you're saying that we are saved by the animals, it's the opposite. You also translated the personal A in English, but personal A has no translation in English.

January 24, 2016


Because Subject + Predicate, nosotros "we" salvamos "saved"

February 10, 2016


Yes, save the animals! :)

January 5, 2016


Go Diego, Go Diego, Go Diego, GO!!!!!!

March 15, 2016


Is "We save animals" correct?

May 11, 2016


I learned the "a" was only used regarding people... not animals...

June 8, 2015


With regards to pets (animals you have personal feelings/connection with) too.

July 15, 2015


So that can be all animals. Or most. I'm thinking of bedbugs, and wondering what ecological purpose they serve. I could do without that concern while traveling. We do have oak mites in the US now and most of us exposed to them would rather they were not in the US or anywhere. Beetles that kill evergreen forests, and ash borers. Ok. There is always a bit of an undertow to generalizations.

July 6, 2017


nos means ours

March 16, 2016


Who else unknowingly used "saved" instead of "save"

March 30, 2017


Both are correct, right?

July 6, 2017


Why is the sentence accepted both WITH and WITHOUT the "a" ?

April 29, 2017


why not "rescue"?

June 26, 2017


Go vegan!

August 4, 2017


why is this incorrect as the correct solution was put in and was marked incorrect

November 18, 2017


I thought it was "We saved ON the animals" as if it were a purchase. :P

February 7, 2018


Why is there a to before the animals? We are going to save to the animals. They keep doing this and no one has explained why....

February 18, 2018


I think this is already covered in other comments on the page but basically it's the "personal a", so the Spanish sentence is implying there is a personal attachment between "us" and the animals or that the animals are being personified.

In case you aren't familiar with the "personal a", you might notice in the lessons to date that whenever a verb acts on a person Spanish adds an "a" before the person. e.g. Spanish translates "him" as "a él", "her" as "a ella", even though there there is no "to" before the pronouns in the English sentences. It's always used with people and is sometimes used with animals - this lesson is an example of it.

February 18, 2018


The previous one was I save the animals, 'without the a' so now I am totally confused

March 23, 2018


Cuando utilizo ctrl-S, yo salvo a los animales

April 10, 2018



April 18, 2018


But in the other sentence "Yo salvo animales." the "A" is not used. Is it optional in this case depending on the person's feeling towards animals?

August 13, 2019

  • 1245

Could someone please explain if this is present, past, or a different tense? How can anyone tell from the context of the sentence?

September 8, 2019


It could be either present or preterite. Without further context there's no way of knowing which.

September 8, 2019


"Nosotros salvamos a los animals"

así que si usted!


October 23, 2015


Does anyone else have problems when answering. I"m answering correct; but it wont take it; counting me wrong.

January 27, 2018


What'd you say?

February 18, 2018


are these the white animals that arrive???

June 5, 2019


We save 'em for dinner.

December 9, 2015


WE can just let them out of traps and fix their paws.

July 6, 2017
Learn Spanish in just 5 minutes a day. For free.