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Lesson 19 - Restaurante (Restaurant)
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This page: Learn how to use the verb gustar in Spanish (to like).


The verb gustar

Grammar Lesson

To express that you like something in Spanish, you have to say it backwards from how we say it in English. For example, in English we would say, "I like chocolate." In Spanish they flip this sentence on its head and say that chocolate is pleasing to me.

  • Me gusta el chocolate. = I like chocolate.   (Literally, "Chocolate is pleasing to me.")
  • Me gustan las galletas. = I like cookies.   (Literally, "Cookies are pleasing to me.")

You will notice in the sentences above that the verb gustar agrees with the thing that you like (because the thing that you like is the subject of the verb). In the first sentence, the verb is in the singular form (gusta) to agree with the singular subject el chocolate. In the second sentence the verb is in the plural form (gustan) to agree with the plural subject las galletas (the cookies). The word me is an indirect object pronoun that means "to me."

The verb gustar (to like)
Forms of gustar Translation
Me gusta (singular)
Me gustan (plural)
I like
Te gusta (singular)
Te gustan (plural)
You like (informal singular "you")
Le gusta (singular)
Le gustan (plural)
He/She likes, You like (formal singular "you")
Nos gusta (singular)
Nos gustan (plural)
We like
Os gusta (singular)
Os gustan (plural)
You like (informal plural "you" in Spain only)
Les gusta (singular)
Les gustan (plural)
They/You like (Plural "you")


Using gustar with another verb

You can also use the verb gustar to talk about activities that you like (another verb). The verb gustar will be in its singular form (gusta), and the verb that describes the activity that you like will be in the infinitive form.

  • Me gusta patinar. = I like to skate.   (Literally, "Skating is pleasing to me.")
  • Me gusta nadar. = I like to swim.   (Literally, "Swimming is pleasing to me.")


encantar = to love

To say that you love (rather than just like) something you use the verb encantar.

  • Me encanta el chocolate. = I love chocolate.
  • Me encantan las galletas. = I love cookies.
The verb encantar (to love)
Forms of encantar Translation
Me encanta (singular)
Me encantan (plural)
I love
Te encanta (singular)
Te encantan (plural)
You love (informal singular "you")
Le encanta (singular)
Le encantan (plural)
He/She loves, You love (formal singular "you")
Nos encanta (singular)
Nos encantan (plural)
We love
Os encanta (singular)
Os encantan (plural)
You love (informal plural "you" used in Spain only)
Les encanta (singular)
Les encantan (plural)
They/You love (Plural "you")


Section 1
Select like, love or not like to express how you feel about the following things or activities. Make sure you select the singular verb form (gusta/encanta) with singular items or infinitive verbs and the plural verb form (gustan/encantan) with plural items.

 1.   el chocolate.    

 2.   los frijoles.    

 3.   estudiar español.    

 4.   el brócoli.    

 5.   los camarones.    

 6.   la pasta.    

 7.   las zanahorias.    

 8.   cocinar.   (cocinar = to cook)    

 9.   las papas fritas.    

10.   el pescado.    



Section 2
Translate the sentence to Spanish. In Spanish the definite article (el/la) are used with the noun (the thing that you like). Don't forget to use correct capitalization, accents and punctuation, or the computer will mark it as incorrect.

  • Examples:
  • Te gusta el pollo.
  • Me gustan los libros.
  • No nos gustan las zanahorias.
  • Le encanta leer.

1. I like pork.

2. I don't like fish.

3. We love cake.

4. They like salad.

5. You like French fries. (informal singular "you")

6. He likes coffee.

7. I love ice cream.

8. We don't like skiing. (to ski = esquiar)
    Remember to leave the verb in the infinitive form (esquiar).

9. They don't like rice.

10. We like corn.


Find the Mistake

Find the mistake in the sentence and re-write it correctly in the space. Don't forget to use correct capitalization, accents and punctuation, or the computer will mark it as incorrect.

  • Example:
  • Ella son inteligente. → Ella es inteligente.

1. Gusto el pescado.        

2. Nos gusta los frijoles.        

3. Me gusta a cocinar.        

4. Nos encanta el hamón.        

5. Le gusta el bisteak.        



Write sentences about what you like, don't like and love. If you want to type a special character (like an accented letter) in the comments section, you could do one of the following . . .

  • Select and copy the character that you need → á é í ó ú ü ñ ¿ ¡ Á É Í Ó Ú Ü Ñ « »
  • Use special codes on your computer if you have numeric keypad (instructions HERE).
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