How to use verb PIACERE in the past

Just like the verb piacere in the present tense, piacere in other tenses takes the third-person singular and plural.

Piacere is conjugated with essere in the passato prossimo, so the past participle agrees in gender and number with the subject.

Remember that the subject is the person, place, or thing that is liked and it often follows piacere.

Here are the points to keep in mind :

  • Piacere takes essere (to be) in compound tenses.
  • Piacere’s past participle is piaciuto.
  • Piaciuto has to agree with what was liked, not with who liked it.


PRESENT

Mi piace la musica (I like music)

PAST

Mi è piaciuta la musica  (I liked the music)


mi è piaciuta la musica How to use verb PIACERE in the past

PRESENT

Mi piacciono gli spaghetti.(I like spaghetti)

PAST

Mi sono piaciuti gli spaghetti (I liked spaghetti)

mi sono piaciuti gli spaghetti How to use verb PIACERE in the past

📌 PIACERE IN THE PAST WITH A VERB

When the subject is an action (an infinitive verb), the auxiliary essere of piacere is in the third person singular and the past participle ends in –o.

Mi piace cucinare la lasagna (I like to cook lasagna)

Mi è piaciuto cucinare la lasagna (I liked to cook lasagna)

Mi è piaciuto cucinare la lasagna How to use verb PIACERE in the past

The auxiliary and past participles always coincide with the gender and number of the pleasant object. So, if the item being liked (the object) is a feminine noun, make sure the participle agrees with the subject.

Mi è piaciuta la pasta → I liked the pasta

Mi sono piaciute le tue scarpe → I liked your shoes 


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