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5.3: El verbo ¨gustar¨ to tell our likes and dislikes

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    • ¿Te gustan los deportes?

    Sí me gustan. / No, no me gustan.

    • ¿Te gusta el béisbol?

    Sí me gusta. / No, no me gusta.

    • ¿Te gusta bailar?

    Sí, me gusta. / No, no me gusta.

    Thinking about the grammar

    Why do you think ¨gustan¨ is used in the first exchange and ¨gusta¨ is used in the second? What are the subjects of the sentences? It is helpful to think of ¨gustar¨ as ¨to please¨ instead of ¨to like¨ if you want an equivalent structure in the two languages.

    ¨Los deportes¨ is the subject and is plural. ¨El béisbol¨ is the subject and is singular. Note the use of ¨me¨ and ¨te¨ for the person pleased. Note that the singular conjugation is used when another verb comes after ¨gustar.¨ The other verb is not conjugated.

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    Thinking about the grammar

    Notice that ¨encantar¨ works like the verb ¨gustar¨, but ¨amar¨ works like the other verbs we have learned up until now. With ¨amar¨, we do the loving. With ¨gustar¨ and ¨encantar¨, it is another person or thing that is pleasing to us. The subject is different. With ¨gustar¨ and ¨encantar¨, the subject is whatever or whoever is producing the good feelings for someone. With ¨amar¨, the subject is the person who loves who is the subject.

    Actividad comunicativa

    Answer the following questions in complete sentences in Spanish. Please use the underlined verb in your answer.

    ¿Qué te gusta?

    ¿Qué no te gusta?

    ¿Qué te encanta?

    ¿Qué amas?

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