Grammar & Vocabulary

Gustar/Encantar

You probably know how to use gustar: we match the verb conjugation with the thing or the person that we like (as in “something/someone pleases me” instead of “I like something/someone”).

Here is the whole conjugation, in the present tense:

Gustar
Gusto
Gustas
Gusta
Gustamos
(Gustáis)
Gustan

If we want to say “I like cats”, we’ll have to use the third person plural conjugation (gustan). (Also, remember to always use the article when using nouns with gustar): Me gustan los gatos. If we want to say “I like Barcelona” we’ll use the third person singular conjugation (gusta): Me gusta Barcelona.

We can also conjugate it in the first and second person if want to say things like I like you or they like us:

I like you – Me gustas
You like me – Te gusto
They like us – Les gustamos
We like them – Nos gustan

We also have another verb which means “to like something a lot”: encantar. We’ll use it exactly the same way. Here is the whole conjugation, in the present tense:

Encantar
Encanto
Encantas
Encanta
Encantamos
(Encantáis)
Encantan

I like cats a lot – Me encantan los gatos
I like Barcelona a lot – Me encanta Barcelona
Etc.

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¿A quién no le gusta Barcelona?

Practice – Translate the following sentences into Spanish

1. I like pizza.
2. You like pizza a lot.
3. They like me.
4. I like them.
5. I like them a lot.
6. We like jazz music.
7. I don’t like baseball.
8. You like those shoes a lot.

 

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Correct answers for Practice – Translate the following sentences into Spanish:
1. Me gusta la pizza. 2. Te encanta la pizza. 3. Les gusto. 4. Me gustan. 5. Me encantan. 6. Nos gusta la música jazz. 7. No me gusta el béisbol. 8. Te encantan esos zapatos.

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