How To Say “I Like” In Spanish Posted by on Jun 10, 2014 in Spanish Grammar


Hello there!

This may seem a post for beginning students, but many intermediate and advanced students get this structure wrong. Gustar, like some other verbs, doesn’t follow the subject + verb pattern.

Here’s how it’s conjugated:

(a mí) me gusta
(a ti) te gusta
(a él) le gusta
(a ella) le gusta
(a usted) le gusta
(a uno) le gusta
(a nosotros/as) nos gusta
(a vosotros/as) os gusta
(a ellos) les gusta
(a ellas) les gusta
(a ustedes) les gusta

So why are there parts of the conjugation in parentheses? The thing is, most of the time the verb endings show which person we are talking about. For example, me gusta clearly means that I like. But can we use the whole form a mí me gusta? Of course, if you want to emphasize that you do like, really like something or someone.

Now let’s talk about about the he, she and formal you (usted) persons. As they use the same pronoun, le, it depends on the context if you’re talking about a man, a woman or addressing someone formally.

Let’s suppose you’re talking about your daughter and you say, le gusta mucho jugar, she likes to play a lot. It’s obvious that it’s a ella le gusta, she likes. However, when there is a chance of misunderstanding, use the whole form, ok?

Now you want to say that your father likes to get up early. In this case you’re going to say:

a mi padre le gusta despertarse temprano

We can’t shorten it to le gusta because we need to specificy the subject (mi padre). Some more examples:

A nuestro profesor de español le gusta darnos pruebas difíciles. – Our Spanish teacher likes to give us difficult tests.

Al niño le gusta jugar con sus amigos. – The boy likes to play with his friends.

And so on!

Now gustar also has a plural form, gustan, when you like something in the plural. Some examples:

Me gusta esta película. – I like this movie.
Me gustan estas películas. – I like these movies.

Te gustan los chocolates. – You like chocolates.
A ella le gustan los perros. – She likes dogs.
Nos gustan estos zapatos. – We like these shoes.

So whenever the object is plural, use gustan, ok?

This is it for today. See you next time!

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About the Author: Adir

English / Spanish teacher and translator for over 20 years. I have been blogging since 2007 and I am also a professional singer in my spare time.


  1. Andrej:

    Hola Adir
    Lo mismo tenemos en mi idioma(ruso), la misma estructura. Y lo que gusta no es complemento directo, sino el sujeto de la oración