GUSTAR conjugation: How to use it (A1)

The Spanish verb GUSTAR conjugation, to express likes and dislikes, can be tricky for English speakers.  To learn how it works, we have prepared some easy grammar explanations, with many examples, and a video to make a general revision. You can also have many quizzes to practice.

Spanish verb GUSTAR conjugation

Spanish verb GUSTAR conjugation

1. Gustar literally means to please and the thing that is liked is the subject of the verb. So if that thing is singular, you use gusta; if it is plural, you use gustan. The pronoun before the verb indicates the person  or animal that does the liking:

Me gusta el gazpacho                 I like gazpacho

Nos gusta el vino tinto              We like red wine

Te gustan las naranjas              You like oranges

2. Gustar can also be followed by a verb, in which case you use gusta + infinitive

Me gusta comer marisco             I like to eat seafood

Le gusta beber sangría                 He likes drinking sangría  

3. To express dislikes, just put no in front:

No me gusta el café     I don’t like coffee

No te gustan las galletas  You don’t like biscuits  

4. Gustar works like to please, so the subject of the sentence is what you like, while ‚Äúthe person‚ÄĚ is the indirect object (Chocolat is pleasing to me: Me gusta el chocolate). Notice that in Spanish, the sentence is written backward. So in these sentences, we have to use obligatory an indirect object pronoun.

Gustar like in Spanish, how to use it

(*) ¬ęVosotros¬Ľ is used only in Spain, in America, it is preferred ¬ęles gusta/gustan¬ę.

5. When you love doing something, you say Me encanta… or  Me encantanEncantar follows the same rules as gustar, so the verbs agree with the thing you love:

Me encanta la comida espa√Īola¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† I love Spanish food

Me encantan los vinos de Rioja                 I love Rioja wines

6. There are many other verbs like gustar and encantar. (Click  to discover some of them).

7. All the examples above are in the third person singular and plural, as these are by far the most common. However, it is also possible to use this verb in other forms.

Creo que le gustas (I think he likes you).

But please be careful because, in this case, ¬ęgustar¬Ľ means having a romantic feeling; you can click on the link to learn how to use the verb ¬ęgustar conjugation¬Ľ this way.

8. You can conjugate GUSTAR in all the tenses in Spanish:

Les gustó la fiesta (the liked the party).

Te va a gustar la película (You will like the film).

Les han gustado mucho los cuadros (They have liked the paintings very much).

Me gustaría comprar una casa (I would like to buy a house).

Like and dislike in Spanish, revision

With this video, you will be able to clarify any doubt you still have about verb GUSTAR conjugation.

Verb GUSTAR conjugation exercises and practice

Notas del profesor

Now you can practice everything you have learned about GUSTAR conjugation with the quiz below, and listen to the podcast ¬ę¬ŅQu√© le¬†gusta?.¬†¬†Remember¬†you can contact your tutor for any questions you have.¬†Don‚Äôt you have a Spanish personal tutor yet?

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