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Old April 09, 2016, 10:21 PM
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I am a beginner, and I thought I understood how object pronouns worked until I saw this, "A ella la quiero mucho".

I am pretty sure it means "I love her a lot", but I am not sure why it starts off with "A ella". I know that if the object is not specific, then it may end with "a ella", but why would it start that way?

Oops, I am sorry; I just noticed that this should be in the grammar section.

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Old April 09, 2016, 11:24 PM
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The indirect object in Spanish is introduced by that "a".

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There is both a direct object and a direct object pronoun appearing in the sentence.
The DO has been added for emphasis. And when the direct object is a person, a personal 'a' must accompany it.
The direct object can precede the DOP, prior to the verb, or it can follow the verb.
Spanish allows direct objects on either side of the verb, so that is why 'a ella' can be found at the start of this sentence or at the end.
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There is both a direct object and a direct object pronoun appearing in the sentence.
The DO has been added for emphasis. And when the direct object is a person, a personal 'a' must accompany it.
The direct object can precede the DOP, prior to the verb, or it can follow the verb.
Spanish allows direct objects on either side of the verb, so that is why 'a ella' can be found at the start of this sentence or at the end.
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Just to add

"a ella la quiero mucho" is not emphatic in a sense of "la quiero mucho muchísimo" but emphatic in the sense of "a ella" and not "a otra persona".

Think about the harsh implication in this dialogue:

-¿Y cuánto quieres a tus hijas?
-A ella, la quiero mucho...
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