Prepositions - Uses of `A' - Before the Direct Object ~...

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Uses of ‘A’ - Before the Direct Object ~ Precedes the direct object when the latter is a definite person or personified thing + La mujer acusó a su marido de haberle pegado. (The woman accused her husband of having hit her.) ~ Omitted after the verb tener when it means to possess + Tengo dos hermanso. (I have two brothers) ~ Use ‘a’ with tener when it means to hold or to be + Tenemos a nuestro padre en el hospital. (Our father is in the hospital.) ~ You can use the ‘a’ personal when it is a definite animal. If a human is involved, use it with better animals. + Las ratas transportan a sus crías con la boca. (Rats transport their offspring with their mouths.) - ‘A’ precedes the indirect object ~ A mi me gusta los libros. (I like books.) - Follows verbs that express motion ~ El forastero se acercó a la casa. (The stranger approached the house.) - Follows verbs that refer to a teaching-learning process ~ ¿Quién le enseñó a manejar? (Who taught you how to drive?) - Expresses the manner in which an action is performed ~ “A mi manera” es una canción que me gusta mucho. (“My Way” is a song I like very much.) - ‘A’ expresses time ~ A principio… (At the beginning…) - Often precedes measurements and prices
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