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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 ...
Yes, "a" should always be included when talking about knowing people. It is not used with objects, though: Nosotros conocemos el lugar
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 ...
I'm a chilean native speaker and I disagree with Duolingo. That phrase can either mean "I'm introducing the students (to someone)" or "I'm presenting (some information) to the students"/"I'm giving a presentation to the students". When I first read the phrase I immediately thought of "I'm presenting to the students". Either answer should be correct.
If you say "I present to the students" you are implying that you will show something to the students. Example: I present to the students the new book "Yo presento a los estudiantes" means that you are introducing each and everyone of the students. I agree with Duolingo on this one.
In Spanish, when the direct object is a specifically referenced person, it is preceded by the preposition "a" (called the "personal a"). This word has no English translation but is important in Spanish. You also use this when referring to a pet (I can only assume that Spanish recognizes the importance of pets in our lives). Note that "specific" does not ...
Yes. When the direct object is a person, or several, you use "a" before the object.
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