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"A ti te gusta la fruta" can someone explain?

So "A ti te gusta la fruta" means "You like fruit." Why? How does that work? What would "te gusta la fruta" mean? I realize that the gustar verb is reflexive and if i said 'me gusta fruta' it translates to 'fruit pleases me.' but what's the deal with the "A ti"? where does that come in and is it necessary? so does that then literally translate to " Fruit pleases you, yourself"?

July 29, 2012



Gustar is not a reflexive verb. The subject of your sentence is "la fruta" which is why the verb translates to the form "gusta" and not "te gustas". If your sentence read "A Cecilia le gusta la fruta," you would be clarifying who is meant by "le." When "a ti" is added, it is for emphasis, if it is by itself. http://www.indiana.edu/~spangram/GENGRAM/gustar.html is a good resource for explanation.


I don't think that "gustar" is a reflexive verb. Like you said, it works like "to please", although English would normally use "to like" in sentences like these.

As for the "a ti": in the "Tips and Notes" on the Clitic Pronoun lesson, Duolingo gives the following explanation: "Further clarification about who the sentence is talking about can always be added. For example, "I see him" can be translated as "Yo lo veo" and "Yo lo veo a él." Sometimes this clarification is necessary in order to remove ambiguity, while other times it is simply redundant."

I guess in your sentence, the "a ti" is redundant and could be omitted without changing the meaning. Literally, this sentence apparently means something like "(The) fruit pleases you, you". But I'm just a beginner myself, so you should wait for others to comment.


Another way of looking at it would be "To you, the fruit is pleasing."


It's a way of showing emphasis in sentences with gustar. While "Te gusta la fruta" does mean "You like the fruit," "A ti te gusta la fruta" would be used to mean "You really like the fruit."

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