What is "a, al, a la"?
‘A, al, a la’ are the Spanish forms of a preposition which has various meanings including ‘to’, ‘at, ‘in’ (the), ‘on’ (the). A comprehensive explanation is beyond the scope of this site – this is a broad overview. Examples are:
pollo al horno – roast chicken or more literally ‘chicken (cooked) in the oven. ‘Horno’ is a masculine noun – therefore the masculine form ‘al’ is used;
polloa la brasa– grilled chicken, or more literally ‘chicken cooked by/on the grill’. ‘Brasa’ is a feminine noun – therefore the feminine form ‘a la’ is used.
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