Catherine GUILLIAUMET wrote:
Thanks a lot, Emma.
Very useful to get the English.
May I take this opportunity to ask a question about Spanish grammar ?
I was surprised to read " El trabajo ... acorta las hospitalizaciones". Shouldn't it be ..."acorta a
las hospitalizaciones" ?
Is it a "journalistic licence" or am I making a terrible mistake ?
Just curious (as usual).
Thanks in advance
"... acorta las hospitalizaciones" is correct.
The Spanish preposition a is used when the direct object of the verb is a person (or an animal, especially one that is part of the family, or similar), for instance, "matar a una persona".
Otherwise, no preposition is used, for instance: "matar la sed".