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Is the Spanish verb santificar followed by the preposition a when the object is not animate?

Ej 1:

El sacerdote pide a Dios que santifique la casa.

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El sacerdote pide a Dios que santifique a la casa.

Ej 2:

Tenemos que pedir a él que santifique el aceite y el resto de comida.

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Tenemos que pedir a él que santifique al aceite y al resto de comida.

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Santificar is a transitive verb with a completely regular behavior, so it follows the same rules as others of its kind: when the direct object is a person or animated entity or a definite group of people (or a person-like or personalizad entity, etc.), it's preceded by a; otherwise it isn't. (The DPD lays out these rules for the use of a in detail.)

The most common use of santificar without a is probably the Third Commandment:

Santificar las fiestas.

In any case the verb is not used in its active form with animate objects very often; one finds it mostly in the passive:

Juan el Bautista fue santificado.

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