Verbs like Gustar

Overview

Verbs like gustar are famously hard to get right in Spanish, especially when you're just starting out. However, with a little bit of explaining and a lot of practice, you'll be a pro at using these verbs in no time. The most recognizable verb in this category of verbs like gustar is obviously gustar itself, which is often translated as to like, though it literally translates as to be pleasing to.

With gustar and verbs like it, the subject of the sentence is the think being liked, while the thing doing the liking is expressed via an indirect object.

SpanishLiteral English TranslationEveryday English Translation
Me gustan las manzanas.
 
Apples are pleasing to me.I like apples.
  • In the above Spanish sentence, manzanas (apples) is the subject, so gustar is conjugated in the 3rd person plural to match the plural manzanas.
  • The indirect object me is used to show to whom the apples are pleasing.

Formation

  • Verbs like gustar all use indirect object pronouns.
  • Sentences with verbs like gustar may include the preposition a plus a pronoun or noun that matches the indirect object. This is usually included to draw attention to or make explicit the entity that is doing the liking.
  • Gustar-like verbs are always conjugated to match the subject noun.
  • If a sentence with a verb like gustar begins with the subject, more focus is given to the thing being liked (the subject) than the liker (the indirect object.)
SpanishEnglish
Me agrada su visita.
 
I am pleased by your visit.
Me agrada su vista a mí.
 
I am pleased by your visit.
Les interesaría ir al cine?
 
Are you interested in going to the movies?
A nosotros nos molesta el ruido.
 
We are bothered by the noise.
A muchas mujeres les encantan los cuentos de amor.
 
Many women really like love stories.
Los días fríos me gustan.
 
I like cold days.
Los coches deportivos le atraen.
 
Sports cars are attractive to her.
Lavar la ropa nos corresponde.
 
Washing the clothes is our responsibility.
La política te interesa.
 
Politics interest you.

Below you will find a list of common verbs that function like gustar.

Common Verbs Like Gustar

SpanishEnglishSpanishEnglish
aburrir
 
to bore
faltar
 
to be lacking
agradar
 
to please
fascinar
 
to fascinate
alegrar
 
to gladden
fastidiar
 
to annoy
apasionar
 
to love
gustar
 
to please
apetecer
 
to feel like
hacer falta
 
to be missed
atraer
 
to attract
importar
 
to matter
bastar
 
to be enough
interesar
 
to interest
caber
 
to fit, to fill
molestar
 
to bother
convenir
 
to be better for
parecer
 
to appear to be
corresponder
 
to be responsible for
picar
 
to itch
costar
 
to cost
preocupar
 
to worry
disgustar
 
to disgust
quedar
 
to remain
doler
 
to hurtrepugnar to disgust
encantar
 
to delight
sobrar
 
to be left over
extrañar
 
to surprise
tocar
 
to be responsible for

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