Gusto or gusta
Advice please on ‘I don’t like the winters’ I put ‘no me gusto el invierno’ which was flagged as incorrect. The correct answer was ‘no me gusta el invierno’. I thought as it’s I... it would be gusto rather than gusta ? Thanks
Don't think of "gustar" as "to like".
Think of it as "to please."
In English, the person is responsible for liking something or not: I like water, I don't like milk.
In Spanish, the item is responsible for pleasing us or not. Me gusta el agua, no me gusta la leche.
Here's a fun song to help get your ear and your brain acquainted with this concept of things pleasing you:
Me Gustas Tú by Manu Chao
In this example the 'me' denotes that it is I who does/doesn't like it and the ending of gusta is in the 3rd person singular (he/she/it) as it is referring to el invierno.
Another example is if it was 'you don't like winter' it would be 'no te gusta el invierno'.
One way which may make this make more sense is to think of 'gustar' as 'to be pleasing' so 'me gusta' means 'to me, it is pleasing' or 'it is pleasing to me' hence 'me gusto' means 'I like myself' or 'to me, I am pleasing'.
Generally, you will only use the endings 'gusta' or 'gustan' as they are for the 3rd person singular/plural and that is what most objects will be referred to as. eg. Me gusta la manzana, me gustan las manzanas
An example where you use a different ending is 'I like you' which is 'me gustas'.
So in summary, for gustar you place who is doing the action first (me/te/se/nos/os/se) then gustar which is conjugated based on what the object is.
Also, what you put 'no me gusto el invierno' means 'I don't like myself winter' which doesn't make sense.
it's GUSTA from the GUSTAR verb ("like" in english).
-a ti te GUSTA el invierno? (do you LIKE winter?)
-me GUSTA el verano. (i LIKE summer)
GUSTO refers to other things, like TASTE, or preferences.
-que GUSTO tiene este helado? (what does this ice cream TASTE?)
-yo le GUSTO a ella (she LIKES me)
One reason would be the tense- present or past Me gusta el pan - I LIKE the bread - The bread pleases me Me gusto el pan - I LIKED the bread - The bread pleased me