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Motion toward a place or thing The most common use for the preposition  a  is to indicate motion toward a place or thing. In such  circumstances, it means  to, toward,  or  at.   Vamos a la ciudad.   We go to the city. Ignacio llegó a la oficina muy temprano.   Ignacio arrived at the office very early. Llegué a Lima anoche.   I arrived in Lima last night. José regresó a casa esta mañana.   José returned home this morning. Use with direct and indirect objects The preposition  a  is used to label a direct object when it refers to a person, an animal, or a  personified idea. You must use the personal  a  in front of the direct object if it is a person. Since this  usage doesn't have an English equivalent, it will not appear in the English translation of the following  examples.  Quiero invitar a Lidia también.
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Unformatted text preview: I want to invite Lydia also. • ¿A quiénes llamas tú? Whom are you calling? A is also used in front of an indirect object to clarify to whom the indirect object refers. Consider the following examples: • A Daniel le gustan las películas románticas. Daniel likes romantic movies. • Eva le compró a su madre un regalo. Eva bought her mother a gift. If there is no indirect object pronoun in front of the verb of the sentence, the preposition para may be used instead of a to introduce the recipient of the direct object. Compare the following examples: • Silvia le compra la blusa ( a su madre) . Silvia buys her mother the blouse. • Silvia compra la blusa para su madre. Silvia buys the blouse for her mother....
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This note was uploaded on 11/06/2011 for the course SPAN 101 taught by Professor Oliveros during the Fall '09 term at Texas State.

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