Using gustar in El condicional = would like [to do something]

In Spanish the most common way to say would like [to do something] is by using verb gustar in El Condicional Simple, but only the conjugation of the 3rd person singular is used.

Have a look at this table:

English

Spanish

I would like

Me gustaría

You would like

Te gustaría

He/she would like

Le gustaría

We would like

Nos gustaría

You [plural] would like

Os gustaría

They would like

Les gustaría

As you can see, verb gustar is an "inverted" verb, so you will find object pronoun (Pronombre de complemento indirecto) in front.

Have a look at these examples:

Este año me gustaría hacer un curso de fotografía.
This year I would like to do a photograply course.

-¿Te gustaría conocer a mis padres? -No, gracias.
-Would you like to meet my parents? -No, thanks.

A María le gustaría viajar por Asia.
María would like to travel around Asia.

Nos gustaría apuntarnos a clases de salsa.
We would like to sign up for some salsa classes.

¿Os gustaría venir a nuestra casa algún día?
Would you like to come to our house some day? (you informal plural = "vosotros")

Les gustaría organizar una gran fiesta por su aniversario.
They would like to organise a big party for their anniversary.

Notice how after gustar there is always an infinitive (-ar, -er, -ir form)

A common mistake is to use the subject pronoun (Pronombre sujeto) or use both.

Yo gustaría ir al cine contigo. 
Yo me gustaría ir al cine contigo.
Me gustaría ir al cine contigo.
I would like to go to the cinema with you.

To emphasise "who" is liking, the indirect object pronouns can be repeated:

A mí me gustaría ir al cine contigo.

See also Repetition of indirect object pronouns with verbs like gustar

To see how gustar works in El Presente see:

To learn about a different way to say "would like" see Using querría, quería and quisiera to politely say "I would like"

 

Examples and resources

A María le gustaría viajar por Asia.
María would like to travel around Asia.


Este año me gustaría hacer un curso de fotografía.
This year I would like to do a photograply course.


¿Os gustaría venir a nuestra casa algún día?
Would you like to come to our house some day? (you informal plural = "vosotros")


-¿Te gustaría conocer a mis padres? -No, gracias.
-Would you like to meet my parents? -No, thanks.


Les gustaría organizar una gran fiesta por su aniversario.
They would like to organise a big party for their anniversary.


Nos gustaría apuntarnos a clases de salsa.
We would like to sign up for some salsa classes.


Q&A Forum 1 question, 1 answer

SylvieA1Kwiziq community member

« A » Maria « le »

Bueno

Porque usar « A » 

Porque usar « le » , no « la » (esta femina)??

Asked 1 month ago
InmaKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hola Sylvie

Gustar is a verb that used indirect object pronouns to indicate the person who is doing the liking. 

Indirect object pronouns are these: me, te, le, nos, os, les

  • me = to me
  • te = to you
  • le = to him/to her
  • nos = to us
  • os = to you (plural)
  • les = to them 

So, in this sentence for example:

A María le gusta el chocolate.
María likes chocolate. (Chocolate pleases María)

This "le" is indicating that chocolate is pleasing "to her".

Here is a more basic lesson on gustar.

Saludos

Inma

« A » Maria « le »

Bueno

Porque usar « A » 

Porque usar « le » , no « la » (esta femina)??

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