Llevar or llevar a?

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Llevar or llevar a?

The verb llevar (to take, to carry) is sometimes followed by the preposition a.

El doctor Macías lleva una bolsa.

Dr. Macias is carrying a bag.

Nacho lleva a Betty al museo.

Nacho is taking Betty to the museum.

  • Llevar: means “to take” or “carry”", such as an object we transport. It's also used to talk about the time something “takes” or a period of time that has passed.

Lleva la ropa a la lavandería.

Take the clothes to the laundromat.

Llevamos tres meses viviendo en Málaga.

We have lived in Malaga for three months.

  • Llevar + a: means “to take” people or animals “to” another location.

Lleva a su hija a la escuela.

He takes his daughter to school.

Llevo a mi gato al veterinario.

I'm taking my cat to the vet.

Note: We use the structure pronoun (me, le, lo, etc.) + llevar a + infinitive to indicate that something or someone is transported or taken to a physical location or figurative place.

¿Me llevas a jugar al parque?

Will you take me to play in the park?

Su talento lo llevará a convertirse en un gran artista.

Her talent will lead her to become a great artist.

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