Welcome to our grammar lesson about Spanish verbs like “Gustar”.
The verb “gustar” , which means “to be pleasing”, produces a particular sentence structure. We explained it in our lesson about “gustar”.
But there are other verbs in Spanish which produce that same sentence structure as “gustar”.
In this lesson, we will learn to identify such verbs.
Then we will read a list of verbs like “gustar”, with example sentences for some of them.
At the end you’ll find a Quiz and an Exercise for practice.
Identifying Verbs that work like “gustar”
First of all, it is important to understand that “gustar” doesn’t actually mean “to like”, but “to be pleasing”.
A mí me gusta el zumo de naranja.
Orange juice is pleasing to me.
“Gustar” expresses a certain effect that something has on someone (“it is pleasing”).
Of course, there are many other verbs which express effects things have on people.
- Something worries me.
- Something scares me.
- Something bothers me.
- Something makes me happy.
In Spanish, all those verbs produce the same sentences structure as “gustar”.
For the rest of this lesson, we read a list of some of these verbs:
List of verbs like “gustar”
They all communicate the effect something has on someone:
|encantar||to be very pleasing|
|entusiasmar||to delight, to thrill|
|interesar||to be interesting|
|apetecer||to feel like, to fancy|
|preocupar||to cause worry|
|dar miedo||to scare, to frighten|
|asustar||to scare, to frighten|
|dar asco||to be repulsive|
|doler||to hurt, to be painful|
|alegrar||to make happy|
|poner nervioso||to make nervous|
|costar||to be difficult|
|faltar||to be lacking/missing|
|hacer falta||to be necessary|
Let’s read example sentences of some of the verbs above:
fascinar (to fascinate someone)
A mí me fascina su personalidad.
His personality fascinates me.
As always with verbs like “gustar”, the sentence has basically the same meaning if we skip “A mí”:
Me fascina su personalidad.
Or we can also change the order:
Su personalidad me fascina.
preocupar (to worry)
A mí me preocupa esta situación.
This situation worries me.
interesar (to be interesting)
A mi padre le interesa la Segunda Guerra Mundial.
World War II is interesting to my father.
dar miedo (to scare, to frighten)
A ella le dan miedo las arañas.
Spiders scare her.
aburrir (to bore)
A nosotros nos aburren las películas.
Movies bore us.
Take this short Quiz to test your knowledge about verbs like “gustar”:
Now we are going to practice with some verbs like “gustar”.
All sentences below must include the verb like “gustar” shown in brackets.
Fill the gaps with the 2 words that are missing in each sentence!:
1. A mí ____ _______ leer novelas. (encantar)
Reading novels pleases me a lot.
2. ¿A ti ____ _______ la política? (importar)
Does politics matter to you?
3. A Carmen ____ _______ las piernas. (doler)
Carmen’s legs hurt.
4. A nosotros ____ _______ tus insultos. (ofender)
Your insults offend us.
5. A vosotros ____ _______ vernos. (alegrar)
Seeing us makes you guys happy.
6. A mis amigos ____ ______ el fútbol. (entusiasmar)
Football/soccer is thrilling to my friends.
1) me encanta
2) te importa
3) le duelen
4) nos ofenden
5) os alegra
6) les entusiasma