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Personal a Grammar essential #39
Personal a Personal a does not exist in English. It is not hard to use or to understand the rules of how to use it. The hard part is remembering to use a personal a because it does not occur in translation.
Personal a Personal a is used in front of any direct object that is a person or a domesticated pet (dog or cat). I read the book. Direct object is book, is it a person or a pet? NO!!! Yo leo el libro. I see María. Direct object is María, is it a person or a pet? YES!!! Yo veo a María.
Personal a You have to have an object in order to have a personal a. In order to have an object, the verb has to be an action verb (opposed to a linking verb). If you don’t have an action verb, you will not have a personal a.
Personal a Personal a will never follow any forms of the verbs tener, estar, and ser. If it has any of the 3 conjugated, there will not be a personal a.
Personal a Examples They watch the children. Ellos miran a los niños. I see him in the park. Yo veo a él en el parque. I have the dog. Yo tengo el perro. I teach the boy. Yo enseño al niño.