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Spanish - English translations for "a"

"a" Spanish translation


The Spanish preposition 'a' is used to indicate direction, destination, or purpose. It can be translated into English as 'to', 'at', 'in', or 'for', depending on the context.

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Meaning: to

Voy a la tienda.

I'm going to the store.

Meaning: at

Estoy en el parque a las cinco.

I am at the park at five o'clock.

Meaning: for

Compré un regalo a mi hermana.

I bought a gift for my sister.

Meaning: from

Recibí una carta a María.

I received a letter from Maria.

Meaning: by

Viajamos a avión.

We travel by plane.


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A1: Voy a la tienda.

A1: I'm going to the store.

A1: Le escribo a mi amiga.

A1: I'm writing to my friend.

A1: Llego a las seis de la tarde.

A1: I arrive at six in the evening.

B1: Ayer fui a la playa.

B1: Yesterday, I went to the beach.

B2: Mañana iré a visitar a mis abuelos.

B2: Tomorrow, I will go visit my grandparents.

B2: Estoy yendo a estudiar al café.

B2: I am going to study at the café.

C1: Había ido a ver una película cuando me llamaste.

C1: I had gone to see a movie when you called me.

C1: Vamos a tener que hacerlo nosotros mismos.

C1: We are going to have to do it ourselves.

C2: Si hubiera sabido, no habría ido a esa fiesta.

C2: If I had known, I wouldn't have gone to that party.

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The preposition 'a' is one of the most commonly used words in the Spanish language. It has multiple meanings and can be quite versatile in its usage. Understanding when and how to use 'a' correctly is essential for effective communication in Spanish.

One of the main uses of 'a' is to indicate direction or movement towards a specific location. For example, 'Voy a la tienda' means 'I am going to the store'. In this case, 'a' indicates the destination or goal of the action.

Another common use of 'a' is to express the recipient of an action or the person for whom something is intended. For instance, 'Le escribí una carta a mi madre' translates to 'I wrote a letter to my mother'. Here, 'a' indicates that the letter was written for the benefit or directed towards the mother.

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