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Old September 11, 2018, 01:01 AM
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Escuchar a

Is “escuchar a” only used when you are listening to a person (i.e. the personal ‘a’)?
Tenemos que escuchar a Juan.

Would this make the use of ‘a’ as a preposition incorrect in the sentence below?

“Después de un concierto allí, salió de fiesta a una discoteca y escuchó por primera vez a la canción.”

I always thought the preposition ‘to’ in ‘to listen to’ (the second ‘to’ here) was already built into the verb ‘escuchar’.


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Old September 11, 2018, 06:39 AM
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Your understanding is correct.
The personal 'a' is needed when the direct object is a person (and the preposition is tied to the person, not the verb). Otherwise, no preposition is needed prior to saying the direct object.
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Old September 11, 2018, 09:21 PM
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Thank you, Rusty.
Would a native speaker make this mistake? I'm almost certain that I heard a native use 'escuchar a' followed by 'la canción' recently.
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@fglorca: You wouldn't believe the many mistakes native speakers make.
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