Personal "a" verbs (ver, visitar, buscar, conocer)

In Spanish there are some transitive verbs (verbs that have a direct object) and depending on if the object is inanimate (a thing) or animate (a person/animal), the verb works slightly different.

Have a look at these examples:

Yo veo la televisión todos los días.
I watch television everyday.

Yo veo a Miguel todos los días.
I see Miguel everyday.

Notice how in the first example where the object is a thing (la televisión) there is no preposition "a" between the verb and the object. However in the second example, the object is a person (Miguel), therefore the verb needs preposition "a" before the object.

Let's see other verbs that need the preposition "a":

Visitar (to visit)

¿Vais a visitar La Sagrada Familia este sábado?
Are you going to visit La Sagrada Familia this Saturday?

¿Vais a visitar a la abuela este sábado?
Are you visiting grandma this Saturday?

Notice how in the second example visitar needs preposition "a" as the direct object is a person (la abuela).

 Buscar (to look for)

Estamos buscando una farmacia para comprar paracetamol.
We are looking for a chemist to buy some paracetamol.

Estamos buscando a mi gata Lulu. Ha desaparecido.
We are looking for my cat Lulu. She has vanished.

Notice how on the second example buscar needs preposition "a" as the direct object is a pet (mi gata).

 Conocer (to know)

¿Conoces esa canción tan pegadiza de Luis Fonsi?
Do you know that catchy song by Luis Fonsi?

¿Conoces a mi primo Gerardo?
Do you know my cousin Gerardo?

Notice how in the second example conocer needs the preposition "a" as the direct object is the speaker's cousin.

You will also find a "personal a" in front of indefinite pronouns which refer to people (e.g alguien, nadie...)

¿Habéis visto a alguien por la calle esta mañana?
Have you seen anyone in the street this morning?

No conozco a nadie de Noruega.
I don't know anyone from Norway.

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No conozco a nadie de Noruega.
I don't know anyone from Norway.


Yo veo la televisión todos los días.
I watch television everyday.


¿Vais a visitar a la abuela este sábado?
Are you visiting grandma this Saturday?


¿Conoces esa canción tan pegadiza de Luis Fonsi?
Do you know that catchy song by Luis Fonsi?


¿Vais a visitar La Sagrada Familia este sábado?
Are you going to visit La Sagrada Familia this Saturday?


¿Conoces a mi primo Gerardo?
Do you know my cousin Gerardo?


Estamos buscando a mi gata Lulu. Ha desaparecido.
We are looking for my cat Lulu. She has vanished.


Estamos buscando una farmacia para comprar paracetamol.
We are looking for a chemist to buy some paracetamol.


¿Habéis visto a alguien por la calle esta mañana?
Have you seen anyone in the street this morning?


Yo veo a Miguel todos los días.
I see Miguel everyday.


Q&A Forum 5 questions, 7 answers

NicoleB1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

A bit more info please.

My earlier question (earlier in this thread) was answered for the most part, thank you, but  not all of it was answered, it was a long question!

So here is what I still would like to know:

2-1) for example I don't understand why I am not logged in anymore when I click on my name in the 

Q&A section in Lawless to get a list of my questions and I'm suddenly in Kwiziq.

3) How do I find this article below, that is at https://www.lawlessspanish.com/grammar/prepositions/personal-a/

A new question:

Are all the exercices/lessons the same on these sites: Lawless/ Progress with Lawless/Kwizik? and if I do an exercise or quiz in one of the above, will it count on my Dashboard and  the Leaderboard here? 

Thank you for your attention.

Nicole



Asked 5 months ago
LauraKwiziq team member

Hola Nicole,

>>2-1) for example I don't understand why I am not logged in anymore when I click on my name in the Q&A section in Lawless to get a list of my questions and I'm suddenly in Kwiziq.

This sounds like a bug, can you please report it at https://spanish.kwiziq.com/contact-us with the exact steps along with details about your device, OS, and browser?

>>3) How do I find this article below, that is at https://www.lawlessspanish.com/grammar/prepositions/personal-a/

Using the search box on any page of https://www.lawlessspanish.com

>>Are all the exercices/lessons the same on these sites: Lawless/ Progress with Lawless/Kwizik? and if I do an exercise or quiz in one of the above, will it count on my Dashboard and  the Leaderboard here?

As I explained, Kwiziq and Progress with Lawless Spanish are identical, so yes, doing an exercise or quiz on either one will show in your Dashboard and count toward the Leaderboard.

The short kwizzes you find at the end of Lawless Spanish lessons are available only on that site, but your results count in both of the above, provided that you're logged into one or the other.

NicoleB1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Thank you very much!

A bit more info please.

My earlier question (earlier in this thread) was answered for the most part, thank you, but  not all of it was answered, it was a long question!

So here is what I still would like to know:

2-1) for example I don't understand why I am not logged in anymore when I click on my name in the 

Q&A section in Lawless to get a list of my questions and I'm suddenly in Kwiziq.

3) How do I find this article below, that is at https://www.lawlessspanish.com/grammar/prepositions/personal-a/

A new question:

Are all the exercices/lessons the same on these sites: Lawless/ Progress with Lawless/Kwizik? and if I do an exercise or quiz in one of the above, will it count on my Dashboard and  the Leaderboard here? 

Thank you for your attention.

Nicole



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NicoleB1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Re: question in ihe quiz section

Re: ¡Vamos a ver ________ en directo este verano!

We're going to see the Rolling Stones live this summer!

I was wondering why the name of the "group" requires a personal A here when in one of the examples above it doesn;t:

¿Vais a visitar La Sagrada Familia este sábado?

Are you going to visit La Sagrada Familia this Saturday?

Both are people, so what am I missing here?

Thank you, 

Nicole


Asked 5 months ago
InmaKwiziq team member

Hola Nicole

When talking about the Rolling Stones we are referring to the people in the band; this is why it requires the "a". The other example is talking about "La Sagrada Familia" which is a famous monument in Barcelona; this is why you don't need the "a" here.

I hope this helps,

Saludos,

Inma

NicoleB1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Hola Inma,

That is so funny, I thought it was talking about a family that is called Sagrada.  That is the problem with not knowing the geography of a place and its monuments.  

Thanks so much!

Nicole

Re: question in ihe quiz section

Re: ¡Vamos a ver ________ en directo este verano!

We're going to see the Rolling Stones live this summer!

I was wondering why the name of the "group" requires a personal A here when in one of the examples above it doesn;t:

¿Vais a visitar La Sagrada Familia este sábado?

Are you going to visit La Sagrada Familia this Saturday?

Both are people, so what am I missing here?

Thank you, 

Nicole


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NicoleB1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Personal A can't find the lesson

Hi, 

I am having difficulty toggling between Kwiziq, Lawless Spanish and this site (Progress...)

When I am in the Kwiziq site, for some reason, I can't log in.  I have also tried what had been suggested to me earlier, to just replace the address with the Lawless one, and was told I'd be in the same place, but when I do that, it brings me to the main Progress with Lawless  "welcome" page, with the "Your Spanish Dashboard". and I've lost the page..

When I find something on the Lawless site and I sign in, I lose the page I was on and cannot find that page in the Progress with Lawless site.  

For example, in Lawless, I found an article on the Personal A, with links at the bottom.  This is the page I was on:

https://www.lawlessspanish.com/grammar/prepositions/personal-a/

Article name:

Personal A

{Excerpt : Although normally prepositions are not used in front of direct objects, in Spanish there is a special preposition called the personal a which precedes direct objects that refer to people, personified nouns, and animals.]

I was trying to find this  article thru a search on this  page I'm writing in, and didn't find this particular article, but  a list (which I included at the bottom of this message.)

Sorry for this being so long and probably confusing, but here are my questions:

1) how can I toggle from one site to the other/ and /or keep the page I'm on once logged in?

2) how can log into Kwiziq - it doesn't recognize me even though I got there via the activity listed here: 

and I enter my log in info but it doesn't recognize it.

2-1) for example I don't understand why I am not logged in anymore when I click on my name in the 

Q&A section in Lawless to get a list of my questions and I'm suddenly in Kwiziq.

3) How do I find this article below, that is at https://www.lawlessspanish.com/grammar/prepositions/personal-a/

but not in here, not that I could find easily anyway.

Thanks for your attention.

Nicole 

Thank you for your help. 

[Personal "a" verbs (Vocabulary builder)

/my-languages/spanish/review/830919 theme

 

Personal "a" verbs (ver, visitar, buscar, conocer)

/my-languages/spanish/view/6870 lesson

 

Using gustar to express personal attraction

/my-languages/spanish/view/6231 lesson

 

If you had come at ten I would have dealt with you personally. = "Si usted hubiera venido a las diez yo le habría atendido personalmente."

/my-languages/spanish/view/7078 example

Your friend, whose advice you followed, is not a trustworthy person. = "Tu amigo, cuyos consejos seguiste, no es una persona de fiar."

 

Asked 5 months ago
LauraKwiziq team member

Hola Nicole,

There are a couple of different issues here.

1. Spanish.kwiziq.com and spanish.kwiziq.com are essentially the same site. Whatever tests and exercises you do in one will show up in your history in both. However, they have separate log ins. So if you're logged into Kwiziq and then go to Progress or vice versa you'll be asked to log in again and be sent to your dashboard. So the best thing to do is stick with one or the other at all times, rather than toggle between them. The content and features are identical, but this way you won't ever have to log in twice.

2. Lawlessspanish.com and spanish.kwiziq.com are separate; the latter is an add-on with additional features to the former, which is my main site. You can only search one at a time - they're not connected in this sense. So to find the personal a lesson you mentioned, you need to search on www.lawlessspanish.com not spanish.kwiziq.com

I hope this helps, please let me know if you have any other questions.

Personal A can't find the lesson

Hi, 

I am having difficulty toggling between Kwiziq, Lawless Spanish and this site (Progress...)

When I am in the Kwiziq site, for some reason, I can't log in.  I have also tried what had been suggested to me earlier, to just replace the address with the Lawless one, and was told I'd be in the same place, but when I do that, it brings me to the main Progress with Lawless  "welcome" page, with the "Your Spanish Dashboard". and I've lost the page..

When I find something on the Lawless site and I sign in, I lose the page I was on and cannot find that page in the Progress with Lawless site.  

For example, in Lawless, I found an article on the Personal A, with links at the bottom.  This is the page I was on:

https://www.lawlessspanish.com/grammar/prepositions/personal-a/

Article name:

Personal A

{Excerpt : Although normally prepositions are not used in front of direct objects, in Spanish there is a special preposition called the personal a which precedes direct objects that refer to people, personified nouns, and animals.]

I was trying to find this  article thru a search on this  page I'm writing in, and didn't find this particular article, but  a list (which I included at the bottom of this message.)

Sorry for this being so long and probably confusing, but here are my questions:

1) how can I toggle from one site to the other/ and /or keep the page I'm on once logged in?

2) how can log into Kwiziq - it doesn't recognize me even though I got there via the activity listed here: 

and I enter my log in info but it doesn't recognize it.

2-1) for example I don't understand why I am not logged in anymore when I click on my name in the 

Q&A section in Lawless to get a list of my questions and I'm suddenly in Kwiziq.

3) How do I find this article below, that is at https://www.lawlessspanish.com/grammar/prepositions/personal-a/

but not in here, not that I could find easily anyway.

Thanks for your attention.

Nicole 

Thank you for your help. 

[Personal "a" verbs (Vocabulary builder)

/my-languages/spanish/review/830919 theme

 

Personal "a" verbs (ver, visitar, buscar, conocer)

/my-languages/spanish/view/6870 lesson

 

Using gustar to express personal attraction

/my-languages/spanish/view/6231 lesson

 

If you had come at ten I would have dealt with you personally. = "Si usted hubiera venido a las diez yo le habría atendido personalmente."

/my-languages/spanish/view/7078 example

Your friend, whose advice you followed, is not a trustworthy person. = "Tu amigo, cuyos consejos seguiste, no es una persona de fiar."

 

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NicoleB1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Studylist information is below

Hi!

I wasn't able to get the list referred to below: 

 "Here is a list of personal "a" verbs:

[kwiziq_link type="studylist" id=830919]."

Do you have another way to get to this list?

Thank you. Nicole 






Asked 5 months ago
InmaKwiziq team member

Hola Nicole

You should be able to access this now. Click here.

Saludos

Inma

Studylist information is below

Hi!

I wasn't able to get the list referred to below: 

 "Here is a list of personal "a" verbs:

[kwiziq_link type="studylist" id=830919]."

Do you have another way to get to this list?

Thank you. Nicole 






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WilliamA1Kwiziq community member

Supongo que hay más verbos como estos y me pregunto ¿hay una lista que los contenga?

Asked 11 months ago
SilviaKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

¡Feliz Año Nuevo William!

Here is a list of personal "a" verbs:

[kwiziq_link type="studylist" id=830919].

Un saludo,

Silvia.

Supongo que hay más verbos como estos y me pregunto ¿hay una lista que los contenga?

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