When I talk to my students or my English friends, they sometimes make the following mistake:
“Me gusta A jugar al fútbol.”
“Quiero A comer chocolate.”
“Es difícil A entender el texto”
It is very common to think that “TO” is always translated as “A” in Spanish, but it is not true.
Let’s see when we have to use “TO” as “A” in Spanish and when “TO” is joined to the verb to be “infinitive form.”
“TO” translated as “A”:
- When we talk about direction or destination. We use motion verbs and then we use “A” and our destination.
- In English, you don’t use “TO” with some motions verbs (arrive, come…) but in Spanish, you have to use “A”
- Voy a casa de
mis abuelos(I go to my grandparent’s house)
movertedel sofá a la silla, por favor? (Could you move from the sofa to the chair, please?
- Mi amigo vino a mi casa
ayer(My friend came home yesterday)
- Vuelvo a Sevilla el próximo año
porqueme ha gustadomucho (I return to Sevilla next year because I liked it a lot)
salira la calle? (Do you want to go outside)
“TO” joined to the verb: Infinitive form:
- Check if we are talking about an action or a place.
- If it is an action, we don’t use “A”, we will use the verb in the infinitive form.
- If we have two verbs, the first one will be conjugated and the second one will be in infinitive form.
quierocomer pizza (I want to eat pizza)
comprarleche en el supermercado? (Can you buy milk in the supermarket?)
que terminarel proyectomañana (You have to finish the project tomorrow)