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Unformatted text preview: (beber) I drink the milk. -- milk is neither a person nor an animal Miro la jirafa. (mirar) I look at the giraffe. -- no personal feelings are felt towards the giraffe The personal "a" is not used after the verb tener, or the verb form hay. This is true even if the direct object is a person. Tengo dos hermanos. (tener) I have two brothers. Hay cinco chicas. There are five girls. If the direct object is an indefinite person, the personal "a" is not used. The result is that the person becomes "depersonalized." Necesito mdico. I need (any) doctor. (or) I need medical assistance. Necesito jardinero. I need (any) gardener. (or) I need someone to tend my garden. Because this Spanish grammatical structure has no equivalent in English, it is normal to expect that the student will forget to use it until a pattern of use has been established. Remember, to not use the personal "a" is a serious error, and the student should try to remember to use it when appropriate....
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