intransitive verb phrase
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.).
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.
no direct translation
This refers to an idiomatic word or phrase for which there is no word-for-word 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.
transitive verb phrase
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.).
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.
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pronominal verb phrase
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.)
4. (not to accept oneself)
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