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Remember that "gustar" means "to please" unlike the English "like" which essentially means "to be pleased by." So what you're saying is: Is reading pleasing to your children? When you state it this way, the obvious translation becomes: ¿Leer les gusta a vuestros hijos? And then the necesity of the 'a' becomes more clear, as in this case it is a ...


Your two examples are actually different phenomena. Ex. 1) ¿A vuestros hijos les gusta leer? Consider the following statements: Me gusta leer. Me gusta leer a mí. A mí, me gusta leer. You can always add the a mí for emphasis. Similarly, you can add an "a [person]" to clarify who the pronoun refers to, in the more ambiguous case of les. Ex. 2) Todos ...

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