Using gustar + verb to say like [doing something]

In Spanish, to express like or dislike [to do/doing something] we use the verb gustar. It works differently to the way it is expressed in English.

Have a look and listen to this example:

Me gusta montar en bici.
I like to ride a bike.

Notice the construction in English:

Subject (I) + verb (like) + what is liked (riding a bike)

In Spanish however the order is different.
If we translate it literally we would say: Riding a bike pleases me,  with riding a bike being the subject of the sentence.

We always use the singular form of verb gustar when followed by actions!

For example: Me gustan bailar y cantar.

If you want to ask someone whether s/he likes doing something, just remember to add the question marks and change the intonation.
Have a look and listen to this example:

¿Te gusta viajar por Europa?
Do you like travelling around Europe?

The answer can be positive or negative:

, me gusta viajar por Europa.
Yes, I like travelling around Europe.

No, no me gusta viajar por Europa.
No, I don't like travelling around Europe.

Notice how on the negative answer we have added a no at the beginning of the sentence.

Here are other negative answers as examples:

No, no me gusta comer chocolate.
No, I don't like eating chocolate.

No, no te gusta beber vinos españoles.
No, you don't like to drink Spanish wines.

No, no me gusta bailar.
No, I don't like to dance.

Important note:

A common error for English speakers is to use a gerund form (-ing) after gustar. Remember that in Spanish we use the infinitive (-ar/-er/-ir)

Me gusta bailando
Me gusta bailar
I like dancing.

 

 

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No, no te gusta beber vinos españoles.
No, you don't like to drink Spanish wines.


No, no me gusta bailar.
No, I don't like to dance.


Me gusta montar en bici.
I like to ride a bike.


, me gusta viajar por Europa.
Yes, I like travelling around Europe.


No, no me gusta comer chocolate.
No, I don't like eating chocolate.


No, no me gusta viajar por Europa.
No, I don't like travelling around Europe.


¿Te gusta viajar por Europa?
Do you like travelling around Europe?


Q&A

Doug

Kwiziq community member

26 February 2019

5 replies

Continuing with the previous question-

The lesson says:

We always use the singular form of verb gustar when followed by actions!

For example: Me gustan bailar y cantar.

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I think I understand the answer, but the example seems confusing since in this case gustar is being used with multiple verbs

Inma

Kwiziq language super star

26 February 2019

26/02/19

Hola Doug

What we mean with that note is that when "gustar" is followed by more than one action (by action we mean a verb in the infinitive form, e.g bailar, cantar, cocinar, i.e an activity) we keep the singular form of gustar (gusta) despite having more than one element in the subject. Therefore: "Me gusta cocinar y planchar", "Me gusta salir de copas y bailar en la discoteca". 

Hope this clarified it.

Inma

Doug

Kwiziq community member

28 February 2019

28/02/19

That's what I thought, but the example uses a plural verb-

We always use the singular form of verb gustar when followed by actions!

For example: Me gustan bailar y cantar.

Doug

Kwiziq community member

3 March 2019

3/03/19

So for clarification- shouldn't the example be "Me gusta bailar y cantar?

Thanks

Inma

Kwiziq language super star

3 March 2019

3/03/19

Hi Doug

I think you didn't realise that the "n" from "gustan" in that example is crossed out, to show you how it would be incorrect.

Could that be why you were confused?

Inma

Doug

Kwiziq community member

3 March 2019

3/03/19

That certainly would explain it :)

Thanks!

Sara

Kwiziq community member

18 December 2018

2 replies

Gusta vs Gustan

If gustar is followed by a verb, you always use gusta, right? Example: Me gusta nadar con los delfines. VS Me gustan los delfines. 

Am I understanding that correctly? 

Inma

Kwiziq language super star

18 December 2018

18/12/18

Yes Sara,  "Me gusta nadar." (not "Me gustan nadar.")

:))

Sara

Kwiziq community member

18 December 2018

18/12/18

Thank you!
Let me take a look at that...