"A nadie le gusta eso."

Translation:Nobody likes that.

March 30, 2013


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Nobody got time for that!

February 22, 2014


Why do you need "A" at the beginning?

March 30, 2013


Personal "a". Nobody is the object here so it needs it.

March 31, 2013


I don't think this is a case of "personal a" even though the result is the same. According to http://www.studyspanish.com/lessons/persa.htm, for the use of "a" to qualify as "personal a" it must be associated with a direct object.

In this sentence, however, there is no direct object. Nadie is the indirect object and eso is the subject. The use of "a" is necessary to clarify that nadie is the one receiving the indirect action, as described in the section on prepositional phrases here: http://www.studyspanish.com/lessons/iopro1.htm. http://www.spanishdict.com/topics/show/17 calls this an "indirect object phrase" instead but the idea is the same.

October 31, 2014


"A" is introducing a clarifier, as one grammar book called it. The sentence could be Le gusta eso. (He, she, you likes that.) But "a nadia" clarifys who likes it: no one. It could also be: A Juan le gusta eso. John likes that. or A María le gusta eso. Mary likes that.

December 14, 2014


can the clarifier be placed at the end of the sentence? : Le gusta eso a nadie. Would that translate to "nobody likes that" as well? Thanks

September 3, 2015


I often see it at the beginning of sentences, and Duolingo drills it that way too. Elanaknt says below that if it goes after the verb, the verb must be negative.

September 3, 2015


Le gusta eso a nadie is not correct, but No le gusta eso a nadie is correct.

May 19, 2018


Wow, that is an impressive streak you have going!

December 17, 2015


Talca: Please refer to the post of 'nickfishman'. I think his is the clarifying answer. In addition, you say that 'a nadia' clarifys who like it: no one. Duolingo states that nadia already means NO ONE as well as nobody and anyone. So the no is already implied in the word nadia. Which begs the question, why is 'a' needed to clarify who like it as 'no one' is the meaning of nadia. If A is 'no one' then the sentence reads 'No one no one likes that.

November 13, 2015


Spot on nickfishman. Gave you a lingot. If the sentence were written: "Le gusta eso a nadie." the ''A'' becomes obvious.

December 30, 2017


Why is the le needed?

October 7, 2013


Jim: You need the "le" because it is the indirect object pronoun meaning "to them" (that is, "to nobody"). The literal translation of the sentence is: "That is pleasing to nobody". You must have the "le" to make it a proper sentence. Again, "le" means "to them". The "a nadie" is added to clarify who "them" is. Of course, we translate it in English as "Nobody likes that".

October 12, 2013


So I could think of it as being 'None of them find that pleasing'?

October 22, 2013


a better (literal) translation might be: That is pleasing to no one./No one is pleased by that.

March 26, 2014


That was my first impression as well - but it counted that wrong.

November 3, 2016


Hola Amigo Jim: Well, that is a bit clumsy, but if that helps you think of the grammatical form, I guess that would be it. I am not sure, though, that "none of them" is the same as "nobody".

October 26, 2013



November 1, 2017


Because gustar cannot be used without an indirect object.

March 26, 2014


Gustar takes an indirect object?? So me gusta.... , te gusta...., etc mean (literally) "it is pleasing TO me", not "it pleases me" (i.e. direct object)?

December 14, 2014


Yes, John, that is correcto. There are a bunch of other verbs that behave in the exact fashion, and they are used constantly by Spanish speakers. Duolingo, however, does not have a "branch" on the tree for them. Study the more common ones: AGRADAR (Me agardan las películas. I enjoy movies.) Literally, movies are enjoyable to me. INTERESAR, DISGUSTAR, IMPORTAR, FALTER, DOLER, MOLESTAR. Nos interesa la clase. The class interests us. Literally, the class is of interest to us. A ellos les digustan los deportes. They hate sports. Literally, sports are disgusting to them. No me importan tus ideas. Your ideas don't interest me. Literally, your ideas are not of interest to me. Me faltan dos dólares para ir al cine. I don't have two dollars to go to the movies. Literally, two dollars is lacking from me to go to the movies. Al hombre le duele la cabeza. The man's head hurts. Literally, the head of the man is painful to him. ¿Le molesta la radio? Does the radio bother you? Literally, Is the radio bothersome to you?

December 14, 2014


Muchas gracias, Talca. Muy interesante.

December 15, 2014


Are these a form of reflexive pronouns and if they are shouldn't they be written with a "SE" at the end like INTERESARSE or FALTERSE?

February 7, 2016


No. These are not reflexive verbs, since one is not doing the action to oneself. They are verbs that always take an indirect object. There's no way to know they need a pronoun (like you do with reflexive from the se at the end), you just have to learn them.

*also, the verb is faltar (not falter).

February 7, 2016


that pleases nobody = Nobody likes that. ............. I think "that pleases nobody" should be acceptable.

May 27, 2014


Agreed, reported apr 30 2015

May 1, 2015


Good thinking, that is.

August 18, 2016


I feel like you're quoting Yoda TageChr

August 26, 2017


I agree. I put "That doesn't please anyone" but, alas, A Duolinguo, no le gusta.

October 25, 2016


I expected 'les'. So 'nadie' is singular??

January 14, 2016


Yes, nadie (as well as its opposite, alguien) is singular.

January 14, 2016


I thought in Spanish you need "no" and "nadie" together to mean negative, such as one of the examples in this section "no vino nadie", which means "nobody came". Therefore for "nobody likes that" it should be "A nadie no le gusta eso". Can someone explain this for me? Thanks!

December 11, 2013


If the nadie comes after the verb, we need no in front to negate the verb. But if nadie comes before the verb, as Talca said, it's already clear that the sentence is negative and no other negative word is needed.

March 26, 2014


Could this be A nadie gustale eso?

August 17, 2014


I don't think so since object pronouns cannot be attached to the end of a conjugated verb.

August 26, 2014


Can you say "Le gusta eso a nadie?"

August 2, 2015


You can put the modifier 'a nadie' at the end, but if you do then the verb must be negated: No le gusta eso a nadie.

However (although I'm not a native speaker so I may be wrong on this), to me it sounds better to put 'eso' at the start of the sentence if you're going to put 'a nadie' at the end, more of an emphasis being placed on the subject that is not liked, rather than on the indirect object.

January 14, 2016


This question was asked above. Don't have an answer for you, but will add that I often see it at the beginning of sentences, and Duolingo seems to drill it that way, too.

September 3, 2015

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A nadie = to nobody ... le gusta = likes it ... eso = that. To me it means ... nobody wants it or likes it ... that. Whatever it or that is ... it is feminine.

September 2, 2015


I am not a big fan that it does not accept, "That pleases nobody" or "That is pleasing to no one". Oh well, such is life.

November 5, 2015


It really bothers me that they gave me "No 1 likes this"as the translation. I see at the top they also give the translation as, " no one likes this ". That is less confusing because, as an English speaker, when I see "No 1" written I immediately think number 1.

December 22, 2015


You mean me?

November 2, 2016


¡A nadie le gusta un sabeletodo!

"Nobody likes a smartass!"

(I just thought you might like the compound word «sablotodo» ) :-)

June 12, 2018


Why does nobody like that?

August 26, 2017
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