gustar – to like
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gustar – to be pleasing to  (often interpreted as ‘to like’)  [<L gustare to taste, so ‘is tasty to’, hence E ‘gusto’]
le” verbs

For gustar (and other verbs, see below), the object is placed before the verb and the subject follows it, for example:

me gusta el vino – the wine is pleasing to me; the wine pleases me; el vino is the subject, me is the object

With these verbs, indirect object pronouns are used to indicate the object of the verb (me, you, her, etc.); these look like reflexive pronouns (but using le and les instead of se):

me – to/for me

te – to you (tú form)

le – to him, to her, to you (usted)

nos – to us

os – to you (vosotros)

les – to them/you (ustedes)

In general, for me gustar (something pleases me):

me gusta + infinitive

me gusta el/la + singular noun

me gustan los/las + plural noun

Since the subject is usually a noun (singular, infinitive used as a noun, or plural) only the 3rd person is used (gusta or gustan in the present tense):

gusta is used for a singular subject, or an infinitive

gustan is used for a plural subject

e.g.,

me gusta el arte – I like art

me gusta comer – I like to eat  (I like eating)

me gustan los museos – I like museums

lo que más me gusta es ...  – that what I like best is ...

me gusta andar por las montañas – I like to walk in the mountains

Other tenses follow the same structure, e.g.,

Me gustó la película que vimos ayer – I liked the film we saw yesterday

¿Te han gustado los coches? – Did you like the cars?


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Some other verbs that are used in the same way:

apasionar, apetecer, encantar, doler, faltar, horrorizar, importar, interesar, molestar, quedar

e.g.,

me duele la cabeza – my head hurts (the head, it hurts me)

no me importa – I don’t mind; no importa – it doesn’t matter

¿Te importaría si cierro la ventana? – would you mind if I close the window?

la política no me interesa – politics doesn’t interest me

me encanta la natación – I love swimming

a + prepositional pronoun (see pronouns table) or a person’s name can be added for clarity or emphasis:

a mí me gusta el cine – I like cinema

no me gusta el fútbol – I don’t like football

a ellos les gusta pasear – they like walking

a Juan le gusta el cine – Juan likes cinema

gustar + de – to enjoy:

gusta del buen comer – she enjoys good food (she is pleased by/of good eating)

me gustaría (conditional) + infinitive – I would like ...

me gustaría ir al cine – I would like to go to the cinema

more or less:

me gusta más el tenis – I like tenis more

me gusta menos el fútbol – I like football less

lo que más me gusta son las vacaciones – what I like best is holidays

lo que menos me gusta es el mal tiempo – what I like least is bad weather

(not that lo and gusta don’t change)


gustar – to like was last edited on 2021-01-18  
Topic: Spanish