Is the 'a' always required? Can you say 'Maria le gusta', rather than 'A Maria le gusta'?
Apologies if I've missed it in the text.
It really needs the "a". This is how this phrase indicatesthe indirect object in the sentence. The subject of the sentence is not María; the subject is "whatever is liked". The sentence would be incorrect grammatically if the "a" is missing.
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