The Spanish prepositions are tricky.
It takes time to master words like: a, por, para, de, en, con, etc.
As you may have seen by now, prepositions are often unpredictable and difficult to translate. The same preposition can be used in a wide variety of contexts.
That’s why becoming familiar with when to use each preposition will skyrocket your Spanish.
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So, what’s the easiest way to master the Spanish prepositions?
This is my tip as a language learner and a Spanish teacher:
Become familiar with some common Spanish expressions with prepositions.
Once you start using prepositions, building your own sentences becomes a lot easier.
In this quick guide to the Spanish preposition A, I bring you some magic.
We’re going to see when this preposition is used. We’re also going to find out which verbs are followed by it.
And you’re going to practise some everyday phrases and expressions with it.
How to translate the Spanish preposition A
The Spanish preposition A most often translates as ‘to’ and ‘at’.
Here are two examples:
Where are you going to?
They arrived at four o’clock
But it can have many other translations. For instance: on, by, in, from.
Or it may not be translated at all. Have a look at this example:
I don’t know your brother
When to use the preposition A
This little word can be used in many situations. Here are the main ones:
- To indicate movement to a destination
- To connect a main verb with an infinitive
- To indicate a way of doing something
- To precede a person – this is known as ‘the personal A’
- To indicate a point on a scale (time, temperature, price, speed, etc.)
Here are 5 examples that illustrate each of these 5 points in order:
The went to Paris by train
They’re still learning to read
This shirt is made by hand
Did you see your cousin?
They came at twenty past eight
Spanish verbs followed by A
The Spanish preposition A often follows a verb.
Let’s see ten common verbs which are often followed by the preposition A:
To dare to
To decide to
To start to
To go to
To arrive at
To refuse to
To smell of
To look like
To return to, to redo [something]
Let’s now practise using these ten verbs followed by the Spanish preposition A.
Here are ten sentences, and their English translation:
They didn’t attend Monday’s meeting
They won’t dare to go
He decided to leave her
At two o’clock they started to tidy up
They went to the park with the kids
We’ll arrive at the station very late
The refused to help us
It smells of gas
Charles looks like his grandfather
We have to do it again
Spanish expressions with A
Knowing some common Spanish expressions has two main advantages:
- You can understand native speakers more easily. Because they often use common expressions.
- Common expressions can be used as a guide to build other phrases and sentences.
Throughout my Spanish lessons, I’ll introduce you to many everyday expressions and phrases.
Today, I bring you ten very common Spanish expressions that use the preposition A.
All of these expressions can be translated in several ways. Here, I’ve given you the most frequent translations.
In favor of
On the right
On the left
To the north (of)
To the south (of)
In front of
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