To A or not to A?

Dan-H24

Dan-H24

I am reviewing lesson 6.7 this afternoon. The following two sentences are shown in the lesson: A Cecilia le gusta el fútbol. Juanita siempre me molesto cuando intento a trabajar. I'm not quite sure why the first has the personal a and the second does not... My guess: Cecilia is the direct object of the first sentence and Juanita is the subject of the second? Clarification or correction appreciated! Gracias, Dan
ricardo-rich

ricardo-rich

Hola Dan, A precedes the noun with gustar when naming the person or persons being pleased in this case, Cecilia is the proper noun. It could be, A mis amigos, A mis primos etc. This applies to other verbs used like gustar, encantar, faltar etc. Cynthia at Light Speed refers to these as impersonal verbs. The Light Speed video about también and tampoco addresses the need for a when agreeing or disagreeing with gustar. If you remember, and I usually don't think this out, I just use it, fútbol is the subject and Cecilia is the object when using gustar. Which is what your correct guess was. That is why I don't think it out! Hope this helps. Saludos, Ricardo
Dan-H24

Dan-H24

Ricardo: Sabía que respondería mi pregunta. Veré los videos. Gracias, Dan
ricardo-rich

ricardo-rich

Hola Dan, De nada. Aquí está un poco más información sobre "a". http://spanish.about.com/od/usingparticularverbs/a/gustar_a.htm Saludos, Ricardo

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