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030 Spanish Impersonal a When the direct object of a verb (except tener) is a person, it is preceded by a.

It isn't used if a number precedes the object though. The pronouns alguien (somebody), alguno (someone), nadie (nobody), and ninguno (no one) require a as well, when used as the direct object. Veo a Juan. I see John. Conozco a tu amiga. I know your friend. Veo a alguien. I see somebody. Links