verbo piacere

HOW you can USE Italian verb PIACERE


Piacere corresponds to the verb  ‘to like’ in English, but it is used in a different way.

In Italian, the verb agrees with the object, which is the thing or the person that I liked.

The subject of the verb/sentence is the thing or person one likes; the person who likes something is denoted by an indirect object pronoun.


The people below are talking about what they like. Can you figure out when to use piace and when to use piacciono?

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Mi piace lo sport. I like sport. [lit. sport is pleasing to me]
Ti piace ballare? Do you like dancing? [lit. is dancing pleasing to you?]
Mi piacciono i gatti. I like cats. [lit. cats are pleasing to me]
Ci piace il cioccolato We like chocolate

 


Piacere is an irregular verb mostly used in the third person singular (piace) and plural (piacciono).verb_piacere

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verbo piacere

 

 

As can be seen in the examples, piace is used if the thing that one likes is a singular noun or pronoun, or the infinitive of a verb;piacciono” is used if the things that one likes are a plural noun or pronoun.

 

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STRUCTURE OF A PHRASE WITH PIACERE

 

EXAMPLE: I like the cake

English Italian
I like the cake Mi piace la torta

Subject

like  Verb

the cake   Direct Object

the cake (la torta) Subject

like (piace)   Verb

to me (a me/mi Indirect Object

 


ITALIAN WORD ORDER WITH VERB PIACERE

 

INDIRECT OBJECT MI
VERB PIACE
SUBJECT LA TORTA


HOW TO TURN INTO A NEGATIVE PHRASE

 

NEGATION NON
INDIRECT OBJECT MI
VERB PIACE
SUBJECT LA TORTA

Verb “PIACERE ” with Singular noun or pronoun

 

SINGULAR NOUNS
mi (to me) piace la mia città. I like my hometown.
ti (to you) piace questo/questa. You like this (one).
gli/le (to him/her) piace il calcio. He/she likes football.
ci (to us) piace la musica rock. We like rock music.
vi (to you) piace il tennis. You like tennis.
gli (to them) piace quello/quella. They like that one.

 


Verb “PIACERE” with INFINITIVE Verbs

 

INFINITIVE VERB
mi (to me) piace leggere I like to read/reading.
ti (to you) piace andare in bici. You like to cycle/cycling.
gli/le (to him/her) piace sciare. He/she likes to ski/skiing.
ci (to us) piace guardare la tv. We like to watch/watching TV.
vi (to you) piace dormire You like to sleep/sleeping.
gli (to them) piace ballare. They like to dance/dancing.

 


Verb “PIACERE” with Plural noun or pronoun

 

PLURAL NOUNS
mi (to me) piacciono questi/queste. I like these.
ti (to you) piacciono le ciliegie. You like cherries.
gli/le (to him/her) piacciono i romanzi. He/she likes novels.
ci (to us) piacciono quelli/quelle. We like those.
vi (to you) piacciono gli scherzi. You like practical jokes.
gli (to them) piacciono le auto veloci. They like fast cars.

 


The negative form (formed by putting non before the pronoun)

 

Non mi piace la pizza I don’t like pizza.
Non ti piace questo/questa? Don’t you like this (one)?
Non le piace sciare. She doesn’t like skiing.
Non ci piacciono i videogiochi. We don’t like video games.

 

 

… a little deeper into the verb “piacere

When the person who likes something is denoted not by a pronoun but by a noun, the noun must be preceded by the preposition a:

 

A Claudia non piace andare a scuola Claudia doesn’t like going to school.
Allo zio Davide piace la musica classica. Uncle Davide likes classical music.
A Piera non piacciono questi/queste. Piera doesn’t like these.
Ai miei nonni piace dormire. My grandparents like sleeping.
A Franco e Luisa piace viaggiare. Franco and Luisa like travelling.

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It is very important to practice mi piace.

The more you practice, the more natural you’ll feel saying it.






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Verb Piacere

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Verb piacere activity

Rewrite the sentences, replacing the words in italics with the correct pronoun.


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