It is not easy to learn HOW you can USE Italian verb PIACERE in the Italian Language but it just needs a little practice.
Verb 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?
|Mi piace lo sport.||I like the 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).
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
|I like the cake||Mi piace la torta|
I ➮ Subject
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
HOW TO TURN INTO A NEGATIVE PHRASE
Verb “PIACERE ” with Singular noun or pronoun
|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
|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
|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
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