VERBS like GUSTAR

To express "likes" and "dislikes" the Spanish use the verb gustar which means "to be pleasing (to someone)"

Think of it this way, you could say...Is cheese pleasing to you?  or Are the Steelers pleasing to you?

I'm sure you would get strange looks, but the message would still be clear. I'm asking YOU if these items please you or more simply do you like them?

To use verbs like Gustar, you use the following formula:  indirect object pronoun + verb + subject

Don't stress over this, just learn it, later in the course we will go in depth with IDOPs.

Indirect Object Pronouns Gustar   English translation
me gusta

él café

I like coffee.
te bailar. You like to dance.
le comer y beber. He/she likes to eat and drink.
nos gustan esas ciudades. We like those cities.
os los restaurantes. You all like the restaurants.
les las flores. They like the flowers.

Note that gustar agrees in number with the subject of the sentence...what's being liked.

Me gustan las manzanas.            I like apples.

Nos gusta leer.                          We like to read.

Note that infinitives are always singular, no matter how many you like...

Sierra le gusta bailar, cantar, y dibujar.

 

Here are some words similar to Gustar:

aburrir

to bore

fascinar

to be fascinating to

bastar

to be sufficient, enough

importar

to be important to, to matter

caer bien (mal)

to  (not) suit, fit

interesar

to be interesting to

dar asco

to be loathsome

molestar

to be a bother

disgustar

to hate something, to dislike

parecer

to appear to be, to seem

doler (o-ue)

to be painful, to hurt, to ache

picar

to itch

encantar

to "love" something, to charm

quedar

to be left over, remain

faltar

to be lacking something, missing

volver (o-ue) loco

to be crazy about

concernir (i-ie)

to concern

agradar, complacer, placer

to please

preocupar

to worry about

hacer gracia

to amuse

 

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