no gustar

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no gustar(
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An intransitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and does not require a direct object (e.g. Everybody please stand up.).
intransitive verb phrase
1. (not to be pleasing)
a. not to be liked
Yo creo que no gusto a los chicos porque soy muy tímida.I think I'm not liked by boys because I'm very shy.
b. not to be popular
Este modelo de auto no gusta a la gente joven. Les parece anticuado.This car model isn't popular among young people. They think it old-fashioned.
c. not to appeal
No me extraña que esta película no guste a nadie. Es muy aburrida.No wonder this movie doesn't appeal to anyone. It's very boring.
d.
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word translation.
no direct translation
Juan es guapo, pero no gusta mucho a las mujeres porque es un antipático.Juan is handsome, but women don't like him that much because he's so unpleasant.
Este tipo de documental no gusta porque le recuerda a la gente lo dura que puede llegar a ser la vida.People don't like this kind of documentary because it reminds them of how hard life can be.
A transitive verb phrase is a phrase that combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and requires a direct object (e.g. Take out the trash.).
transitive verb phrase
2. (not to enjoy)
a. not to like
A mi novia no le gustan las discotecas, y los fines de semana solemos hacer excursiones por el campo.My girlfriend doesn't like discos, and on weekends we usually go hiking in the countryside.
b. not to please
A María no le gustaba la forma en que su jefe trataba a los empleados y le plantó cara.Maria wasn't pleased with the way her boss treated his employees and she stood up to him.
3. (not to feel attracted to)
a. not to like
A ti te gusta Lidia. He visto cómo la mirabas. - ¡Mentira! ¡No me gusta!You like Lidia. I've seen the way you look at her. - That's a lie! I don't like her!
b. not to fancy (United Kingdom)
Alberto dice que no le gusta Rosa, que le gustas tú.Alberto says that he doesn't fancy Rosa, that he fancies you.
no gustarse
A pronominal verb phrase combines a verb with a preposition or other particle and always uses a reflexive pronoun. (e.g. Se dio cuenta del problema.)
pronominal verb phrase
4. (not to accept oneself)
a. not to like oneself
¿Cómo le vas a gustar a nadie si tú no te gustas a ti mismo?How could anyone like you if you don't like yourself?
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