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What does "a" in Dios salve a la reina mean?

Hi Hank,

Thanks for your question.

In Spanish, whenever a person instead of an object follows a verb form, we must use the preposition 'a' to indicate that the action is happening to them. So although the sentence is still translated as 'God save the Queen', it would not make sense without the article 'a'.

On the other hand, if we wanted to say the semantically strange 'God save the table', we would simply use 'Dios salve la mesa' because the table isn't a living thing.

Hope this helps,
Kind regards,

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Lauren O' Hagan


Although not my mother tongue, I consider myself a native speaker in Spanish after studying the language for many years, using it on a daily basis at home and having last year obtained my DELE C2 - the highest possible qualification in Spanish from the Instituto Cervantes. I am very confident to answer any questions about the Spanish language. I can also answer specific questions related to Andalucia and the Andalucian dialect as I have a profound knowledge of this area.


MA Applied Linguistics First Class Honours in Modern Language Studies (Linguistics, Italian, Spanish) C2 (Native Level) DELE Diploma from Instituto Cervantes Grade A A-level in Spanish My partner is Spanish so Spanish is the main language spoken at home. I also spend many months in Spain (Andalucia) each year with my in-laws. I have translated and proofread many Spanish documents including CVs for art academies and translations of GCSE papers from French to Spanish for ZigZag Education.

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MA Applied Linguistics BA Hons Modern Language Studies DELE C2 in Spanish. CILS C1 in Italian CELTA qualified A Level Spanish

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