Duolingo is the most popular way to learn languages in the world. Best of all, it's 100% free!

https://www.duolingo.com/loganhumph3

A MI me gusta.... le, les, nos

A few things that baffle me about this area of Spanish are why the use of 'a mi' in 'a mi me gusta'??? Also what situations do you use le, les, nos and so forth? Everything begins to get a bit confusing for me when people ask things like; 'Do you like this', 'I like this'.

When to use le, les, nos, a mi before me gusta and why they exist. If possible please try to explain as simple as possible

Gracias a todos!

1 month ago

6 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Lrtward
Lrtward
Mod
  • 25
  • 25
  • 8
  • 8
  • 661

You have two things at play here:

1. The verb Gustar
The verb gustar does not mean "to like". It means "to please." In Spanish, people do not like things. Things please people. So you have the following:
Do you like coffee? = Te gusta el café?
Te (to you) gusta (he/she/it pleases) el café (the coffee)?
Does the coffee please you?

In the phrase "a mí me gusta" you could just as easily say "me gusta" (it pleases me). The "a mí" is added for emphasis:
me gusta = I like it
a mí me gusta = I like it. (I don't know about you, but I like it)

2. Pronouns
Pronouns in Spanish can be confusing to an English speaker because in English our pronouns are usually all alike, so we don't always recognize that there's a difference between direct object pronouns, indirect object pronouns, prepositional pronouns, and all the other kinds of pronouns that exist.

Direct Object Pronouns are directly acted upon by the verb.
me
te
lo/la
nos
los/las

Indirect Object Pronouns tell you to whom or for whom something is done
me
te
le
nos
les

Prepositional Pronouns come after a preposition such as con, a


él
ella
tons more!

In "a mí me gusta", "mí" is a prepositional pronoun because it follows the preposition "a".
"me" is an indirect object pronoun, because the pleasing is being done to or for me.

https://www.spanishdict.com/guide/direct-object-pronouns-in-spanish
https://www.spanishdict.com/guide/indirect-object-pronouns
https://www.spanishdict.com/guide/prepositional-pronouns-in-spanish

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/bell_wv

Very helpful, thank you.

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LeeBrownst1
LeeBrownst1
  • 25
  • 25
  • 25
  • 572

The redundancy adds emphasis on the person. It's similar to "As for me, I like ...."

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PatSchiebz226

(A mí) me gusta(n) means I like (a ti) te gusta(n) means you like A él/a ella/a usted le gusta(n) means he/she likes/you like (A nosotros) nos gusta(n) means we like (A vosotros) os gusta(n) means (I hate vosotros omg) A ellos/a ellas/a ustedes means they like/ you (plural) like

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PatSchiebz226

Ugh, I hit “return” to start a new line but it always turns out like this.

1 month ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Lrtward
Lrtward
Mod
  • 25
  • 25
  • 8
  • 8
  • 661

Put a few spaces at the end of the line.
Then hit return.

1 month ago