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The difference between "geffallen" and "mag" ?

I know that "geffallen" is an adjective and "mag" is a verb. But they both mean the same, and they always come before the noun, right ?

For example , what is the difference between those two sentences in meaning :

-(Ihm gefällt dieses Konzert.)

-(Er mag dieses Konzert.)

April 4, 2018



You can translate 'gefallen' to "to please"

'Die Torte gefällt ihm.' The cake pleases him (He finds the cake pleasant)

you can translate 'Mögen' to "to like"

'Er mag die Torte' He likes the cake

hope this helped you


Sometimes, gefallen and mag mean the same thing: Das Kleid gefällt mir. Ich mag dieses Kleid. But if you say: Ich mag diesen Kuchen, you like it’s taste and if you say: Mir gefällt dieser Kuchen, you like how the cake looks.

It is a very small difference.


The concert is pleasing to him.
He likes the concert.

This might help you a bit with gefallen: https://coerll.utexas.edu/gg/gr/vi_04.html


By the way, "gefallen" is also a verb: "etwas gefällt jemandem" = "something suits someone" or "jemandem gefallen" = "to please someone"

I agree with xania1977, in some context "mögen" and "gefallen" could be used as synonyms.

In other context "gefallen" is more about the look or the way things are ("Der Park gefällt mir, weil sie groß ist" - "Der Mann gefällt mir, weil er gut aussieht") whereas "mögen" is more about the positive feeling about something ("Ich mag den Park, weil ich mich dort gut erholen kann" - "Ich mag den Mann, weil ich mich bei ihm wohlfühle").

In the original example I would rather suggest to use "Ihm gefällt dieses Konzert". However, you could say "Er mag die Band" ;-)


The most detailed and accurate answer I read so far , thank you :D

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