Hi all! I have question about the use of pe with direct object nouns denoting persons in Romanian. Usually direct objects do not need the preposition pe unless they refer to a person. If the direct object is a noun referring to a person, then it appears we have a choice between using a construction with pe, such as "îi văd pe studenți", or without it, such as "văd studenții" (both mean I see the students). I was curious if there is a perceived difference between the two. As a native speaker, I find little difference semantically, but on some level "îi văd pe studenți" seems to be "more correct" than the alternative "văd studenții", or at least it seems the latter has slightly different overtones and connotations than the former. The same is true for similar constructions like "l-am înscris pe copil la școală"/"am înscris copilul la școală" (I enrolled the child in school) or "nu-i sufăr pe milițieni"/"nu sufăr milițienii" (I can't stand policemen). Though I can't exactly say how the two forms are different, omitting pe seems to imply that the personal/individual aspect of the noun is "downplayed" or not important. I'm suggesting this since without pe the syntax is the same as for nouns that do not refer to persons (cf. "nu sufăr castraveții", I can't stand cucumbers). Choosing this syntax referring to persons (in this case, policemen) instead of using pe, would amount to comparing them to inanimate objects, de-emphasizing their personal aspect and viewing them more like a homogeneous category (the stereotypical policeman). I am, perhaps, overanalysing this, which is why I'd be happy to get some input on the matter. Does anyone else see a difference between these two constructions or are they always considered to be entirely equivalent? Also, which one is preferred in formal/informal speech? Thanks!