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Old March 28, 2010, 02:19 AM
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Originally Posted by laepelba View Post
Is "tener" the only verb that does not use the personal "a" for direct objects?
- Tengo dos tíos.
- Ella tiene amigas en Perú.

Is there a specific reason for "tener" not using the personal "a", or is it "just one of those things"?
I think it has something to do with avoiding ownership of other people. Without the personal A I think it depersonifies the person so it doesn´t seem like they´re your property, but it´s just a guess

Hay excepciones a la regla ,,
After tener: The personal a is used after tener when it is used in the sense to hold someone or to have someone somewhere. Tengo a mi hijo en los brazos, I have my son in my arms. Tengo a mi hija en el pesebre, I have my daughter in the crib.
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