Friday, July 18, 2014

The Personal A in Spanish

In Spanish, if you have a sentence where the direct object is a person, put an a before the direct object.
This is called the personal a.
This is what it looks like:  Yo oigo a Mr. Whiskers grita. ( I hear Mr Whisker scream)

I deliberately picked a  name that is not species specific to point out that the personal a is only used in front of the direct object when the direct object is a person or a pet -but not a thing (unless it is your fluffy kitten). To be clear cut, just use the personal a in front of anything that you would have a funeral for.
 This all comes together when you notice that the personal a looks a bit like a toe tag.

Toe tags and funerals go together...right?

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