Other Verbs like “Gustar”

The Spanish verb “gustar” works different than most Verbs. If you still don’t know how to use “gustar”, click here to learn all about the verb “gustar” and its 2 Block model. It is important that you understand that lesson before you continue reading. 

In this post we will study other verbs that work exactly like gustar, following the same 2 Block model. 


How do we identify the verbs that work like Gustar?

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

Example:  Orange juice pleases me 

“Gustar” expresses the effect something it has on me (or on someone else). In the previous example, orange juice has an effect on me: it pleases me. 

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

Of course we could. If we talk about “the state of the economy”, that could have many effects on me, for example: 

  • 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.

… We could come up with more similar verbs. All of them work like Gustar, and thus we can apply our “2 Blocks Model”

In the rest of this post, we will see more examples of these verbs. 

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:


Even 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


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