If a person or pet receives the verb, we must use a before. Óscar besa a su esposa. Lavo a mi perro todas las mañanas.
ORDER OF AN ENGLISH SENTENCE: We see Mrs. Engleman at lunch. I ripped the paper. She sold the house. Nancy bought the shoes. They visited us. Mrs. Engleman baked a cake. You guys wore a dress. Carlos needs money. Subject (does) verb direct object (receives)
Direct Object PRONOUNS To avoid repeating a direct object noun, you can replace it with a direct object pronoun (DOP).