Personal A needed here?

Dan-H24

Dan-H24

One of the extra vocabulary phrases in Lesson 11.1 is:
 
Traté de citar Pablo Neruda.
I tried to quote Pablo Neruda.

Shouldn't it be "a Pablo Neruda"? Or am I missing something.
Dan
Robert-C7

Robert-C7

I think Pablo Neruda is the direct object of the verb construct "Traté de citar" rather than an indirect object. I think you use the personal 'a' when the object is an indirect object, like I tried to give the flowers to Pablo Neruda.
ricardo-rich

ricardo-rich

Hola amigos,

Here is a quote from the book ¡ Buscalo!  : "When  the direct object of a verb is a noun referring to a specific person or persons, it is preceded by a personal   a that does not translate into English."  ¿Llevas a Tina?  Are you taking Tina? Pablo Neruda is not the direct object, I think the quote is the direct object or subject ? In the case of giving flowers to Pablo the a is translated as " to"  it's not a personal  a.  Flowers,  direct object, " to" Pablo , who is the indirect object.

Saludos,
Ricardo


 
Dan-H24

Dan-H24

Citar Mauricio: "¡Ai, gramática!"

Gracias por sus respuestas, amigos.

Dan
Steven-W15

Steven-W15

That added "a" for direct objects is the one thing in Spanish that I find superfluous, illogical - even irritating. I'm going to have to have a word with the Real Academia Española - enough is enough...
 
Dan-H24

Dan-H24

¡Jah! ¡Buena suerte con esas!

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