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"My parents do not like walking at night."

Translation:A mis padres no les gusta caminar en la noche.

June 19, 2018



Why is it the singular "gusta" and not the plural "gustan"? Two parents not one.


"Gustar" is conjugated to match the sentence's subject -- in this case, "caminar." When conjugating to match an infinitive verb, Spanish uses the third person singular. If the subject were something plural -- tomatoes, for example -- then we would use "gustan":

A mis padres no les gusta el tomate.

A mis padres no les gustan los tomates.


Since when is the verb the subject?


An infinitive is often the subject of gustar. It's singular.


But, in the case of "A mis padres no les gusta caminar en la noche," the infinitive is used as a noun. In English the verb form used as a noun is the gerund. In Spanish, the verb form used as a noun is the infinitive.


Yes, but we can also use infinitives as nouns, just not as the subject.

I want to sleep

I want a nap

That infinitive is acting like a direct object. If you trace these grammar preference back far enough, they go back to the same Proto-Indo-European grammar :)


why is it "A mis padres" and not just "mis padres" ?


To my parents it is not pleasing (likable) to walk at night.

I know it sounds convoluted. Instead of saying "My parents do not like" it's "(Something) is not pleasing to my parents".


It's an indirect object.


Can we just say "a mis padres no gusta caminar en la noche", skipping les because we already said "a mis padres"?


No. You can skip "a mis padres," and very well might if who you're talking about is already clear, but that doesn't work in reverse -- the pronoun is required.


Thanks for your answer.


Why is "to walk" (caminar) used, and not "caminando" (walking)?


After "like, love, hate," and others, Spanish uses the infinitive. English can translate it "to walk" or "walking." Both should be accepted here.

Me gusta bailar. I like to dance. I like dancing.
Le encanta dibujar. He loves to draw. He loves drawing.


If this is a routine, should we omit 'en la noche' and replace with 'las noches'?

Does the verb 'caminar' require a preposition?


I had the same question and used las noches in my response.


I think it should be acceptable either way "A or Mis" it's like using "It is vs it's or is not". It all means the same


No, the a isn't optional. The parents are an indirect object here, so you need to include the a.


when do you put a's in front of people ?


Why is it les and not los


how can I get the question right when I'm not given a 'la' to use


A mis padres no les gusta caminar de noche. O también : Mis padres no gustan de caminar en la noche.


why does the vocab list say 'a la noche' for this and then mark it wrong? I know we've been taught 'en la noche' before. Thanks.


Why do I have to have an A in front of Mis padres?


The preposition 'a' is required if you include the noun or pronoun that explains who 'le' is. Remember we are dealing with 'gustar' which is a backwards verb (the Subject is after it and the Object before it).


Could you say "mis padres no disfrutan caminar en el noche"?


While the meaning is similar that is a different sentence: My parents do not enjoy walking at night.

In everyday conversation... sure. But here we are learning new vocabulary so try not to paraphrase so much and stay closer to the sentence provided.

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