"You like going shopping."
Translation:A ti te gusta ir de compras.
How does one know that the answer is " ir de compras" and not "ir a compras"?
Why is "de" necesary? On a translater, "Te gusta ir compras" translates the same as above. On the test page, "A ti" is not used.
"ir de compras" is a verb phrase. Try SpanishDict.com. http://www.spanishdict.com/translate/go%20shopping. I find it very useful.
It is not an explanation, sorry. I'd like to know why it should be this way.
I think the a tí adds emphasis. Me gusta nadar - I like swimming A mí me gusta nadar - I like swimming, perhaps after discussing other likes...
I made a mistake. I should have used ir de..., but I used ir a compras. I reported it anyway, oh, well. anyway the correct answer given by DL says ....ir a comprar. this is not quite right either. ir a comprar, should mean go to buy sth, while ir de compras means go shopping, with previous lessons which I have learnt from.
this is the form used when you are using the verbs like gusta, encanar, interesar etc (i am sure there are more). this is a total different animal and nothing in English is like this. need a lot of getting use to.