Spanish verbs followed by preposition A

In Spanish, many verbs must be followed by a preposition, which may or may not correspond to the preposition (if any) used in English. The following is a list of some Spanish verbs which require “a” when followed by another verb.

acercarse a to approach
acostumbrarse a to be/get used to
aprender a to learn to
atreverse a to dare to
ayudar a to help
comenzar a to begin to
comprometerse a to undertake to
dedicarse a to devote oneself to
disponerse a to get ready to
empezar a to begin to
enseñar a to teach to, show how to
invitar a to invite to
ir a to be going to
llegar a to manage to, succeed in, end up
llegar a ser to become
llevar a to lead to
negarse a to refuse to
obligar a to force, compel to
ponerse a to begin to, set about
prepararse a to get ready to
renunciar a to renounce
resignarse a to resign oneself to
resistirse a to resist
tender a to tend to
volver a to do something again


Spanish verbs followed by preposition A

List of Spanish verbs followed by preposition A

Above you have seen the most common Spanish verbs followed by preposition A, when are used along with another verb. Notice that sometimes this preposition is not translated into English.

Empezó a estudiar idiomas muy joven (He started studying languages very young).

Estos verbos te ayudarán a mejorar tu español (These verbs will help you improve your Spanish).

Practice as much as you can to memorize these verbs and don’t mistake them with the use of the personal preposition A.

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