When is "de" used between the verb and object? Is it just with gostar?
If the verb is indirect transitive you use the preposition, else, don't use
the cat likes the soup should be an answer too!
= O gato gosta DA sopa.
why "likes" and not "like"?
For singular (he, she, it), use "likes" for the present tense.
Why is it gosta and not gosto? Does the form of this verb and verbs in general depend upon the objects?
gosto is only for Eu. O gato is the same as ele and thus, it would be gosta.
Should we use do instead of de if the sentence read " The cat likes the soup?"
The cat likes the soup = o gato gosta da sopa.
i'm slightly confused. I thought 'da' was for feminine objects and 'do' was for masculine objects. Is 'de' for plural feminine? If so, what about plural masculine?
De can be used for both masculine and feminine and does not include "the".
"de" means just "of", while 'da' and 'do' are "of the"