0131589318_Direct objects, the personal a, and direct object pronouns

0131589318_Direct objects, the personal a, and direct object pronouns

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Direct Objects, the Personal a , and Direct Object Pronouns (Los complementos directos, la a personal, y los pronombres de complemento directo)
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A direct object is a thing or person that receives the direct action of the verb. I eat the tamales .  Yo como  los tamales . Óscar kisses his wife . Óscar besa a  su esposa .
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Notice that direct objects that are people or domesticated animals (and sometimes personified things) are signaled by the personal a . Ó scar kisses his wife . Óscar besa  a   su esposa . More information about the personal a follows on the next slide. I walk my dog every morning. Paseo  a   mi perro  todas las mañanas. Patriots love their country . Los patriotas aman  a   su patria .
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Ó scar has a very pretty wife. Óscar tiene una esposa muy bonita. We’re looking for an efficient secretary. Buscamos una secretaria eficiente. More on the personal a Generally, the personal a is not used after the verb tener . Nor is it used with a direct object that is an unspecified or indefinite person.
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Alicia visits the doctor. Alicia visita  al  médico. Whom is Elisa calling? ¿ A  quién llama Elisa? More on the personal
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0131589318_Direct objects, the personal a, and direct object pronouns

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