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29 June 2018
Why use 'a' instead of 'para' or 'por'?
In the examples of "¿Quién prepara la fiesta a Sofía?" and "Nosotros les preparamos la cena a nuestros invitados."
Why use 'a' instead of 'para' (for) or 'por' (on behalf of)?
This question relates to:Spanish lesson "Using le and les = [to] it,him, her, them (indirect object pronouns) "
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Sometimes "a" has the same function as "para" (for), which is the case in this sentence:
"¿Quién prepara la fiesta a Sofía?" You could also say ""¿Quién prepara la fiesta para Sofía?"
In the second sentence you mention, "Nosotros les preparamos la cena a nuestros invitados.", the indirect object "nuestros invitados" is referred to twice: with "les" (to them) and with "a" (to our guests). Sometimes we admite the double indirect object in a sentence. Here are other similar sentences:
"Le he regalado una flor a Carmen" (I bought a flower for Carmen.)
"Les compré a los niños unos abrigos nuevos." (I bought the children some new coats.)
I hope this clarifies your doubt.
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