Other Verbs like GUSTAR

We recently published a post about the Spanish verb Gustar and how to build sentences using it (read here). Gustar is a verb many people find complicated at first, but with our “2 Blocks Model”, it’s actually quite easy.

However, “gustar” is not the only verb which follows that model. There are many verbs that work the same way and because of that, if you understand how to use “Gustar”, you will just apply the same system to them.

Before we learn how to identify those verbs, make sure you check out our post about the verb Gustar if you haven’t yet. That is the post where we explained the model, in this one here we will just learn how to identify verbs that work like gustar, and give some examples. 

So… How do we identify the verbs that work like Gustar?

First of all, it is important to repeat that “Gustar” doesn’t actually mean “to like”, but rather “to please”.

Example:  Orange juice pleases me 

“Gustar” doesn’t indicate what I do, but rather what something does to me, the effect it has on me (or on someone else). In the example, orange juice is the one doing something: it pleases me.

Could we come up with similar verbs, which indicate the effect something has on someone? 

Of course we could. Let’s take a concept: “la situación económica”, which means “the state of the economy”. What effects could that have on me? Let’s see…:

  • The state of the economy pleases me.
  • The state of the economy worries me.
  • The state of the economy scares me.
  • The state of the economy bothers me.
  • The state of the economy makes me happy.

Etc etc. We could think of many more examples. All of those verbs (and the others we could come up with) work like Gustar, and we can apply our “2 Blocks Model” to all of them. Everything we said about Gustar applies to them. 

In the rest of this post, we will go over several such verbs. To keep it short and clean, we will provide examples only for the first few.

Some verbs like gustar (with examples)

Fascinar = to fascinate someone

His personality fascinates me:

Or the short version with only Block 2:

Or changing the order:

Remember, we can play with the blocks all we want, as long as they are built correctly.

Preocupar = to worry (meaning “to make someone worried”)

This situation worries me:

Interesar = to interest, to be interesting to someone

World War II is interesting to my father:

Dar miedo = to scare, to frighten someone

Spiders scare her:

Remember, if the thing (not the person) is plural, then the verb ends in “n”. Thus, “le dan miedo”, because “spiders” is plural.

Aburrir = to bore

The film bores us:

Some more verbs like gustar

importar = to be important (to someone)

dar asco = to be repulsive

molestar = to bother

disgustar = to disgust, to be disgusting

parecer = to seem

doler = to hurt, to be painful

picar = to itch

encantar =  to please a lot

alegrar = to make someone happy

poner nervioso = to make someone nervous