In both Spanish and English, personification is common in poetry, literature and everyday speech. A common example of personification in everyday speech is a sentence such as "The car wants to turn to the left" (El coche quiere girar a la izquierda), in which an inanimate object, the car, is attributed with a will of its own.
In Spanish, a noun that is personified can be treated as a person grammatically. It is usual in Spanish to use the preposition a (known as the personal a) before names of people when they are direct objects, and the same is often done with personified nouns. For example: Insulta a la computadora como si fuera una persona. ("He insults his computer as if it were a person.")