If the direct object of a verb is an animal, but not a pet or cherished animal, for example a tiger, is the personal a still indicated?
Busco a un tigre. or,
Busco un tigre.
The use of the personal a in Spanish with animals as direct objects is not a clear-cut rule. We generally use the personal a if we're talking about pets, as it is a more affectionate relationship (as if they were people) and normally don't use it with animals in general, especially if the animals are not "identified" and "not specific". In your sentences:
Busco a un tigre
Busco un tigre
The use of the personal a in the first one makes us think you have a tiger in mind that you are looking for, however the second one is more general.
Having said this, this rule is a bit flexible sometimes and we see some cases as optional.
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