Mi piace VS A me piace – Verb PIACERE with preposition A

When you use the verb “piacere” you need the indirect pronoun before the verb. Learn how to use mi piace VS A me piace – Verb PIACERE with preposition A.

Example: mi piace

Mi piace VS A me piace. mi (indirect pronoun) piace

What are the Indirect Pronouns?

Indirect object pronouns replace indirect object nouns. In Italian, they answer the question a chi?

Indirect object pronouns are identical in form to direct object pronouns, except for the third person singular gli – le and plural gli.

They precede, like direct object pronouns, a conjugated verb and they do not agree in gender and number with the past participle.

The third singular form le – gli never elide in front of verbs beginning with h– or vowel.


In Italian, you can choose between two different indirect pronouns: ATONI and TONICI

If you choose “atoni” you say mi piace.

Mi piace VS A me piace. mi piace

If you choose “tonici” you say a me piace.

a me piace

There is a little difference, just more emphasis with “tonici”.


It’s WRONG to say: a me mi piace.

Mi piace VS A me piace. a me - mi(wrong)- piace
Mi piace VS A me piace. a me (wrong) mi piace

SINGULAR

1 person ➡️ mi = a me

2 person ➡️ ti = a me

3 person ➡️ gli = a lui
masculine

3 person ➡️ le = a lei
feminine

PLURAL

1 person ➡️ ci = a noi

2 person ➡️ vi = a voi

3 person ➡️ gli = a loro
masculine

3 person ➡️ le = a loro
feminine


When the person who likes something is not a pronoun but a noun, the noun must be preceded by the preposition A – Mi piace VS A me piace – Verb PIACERE with preposition A

Example –> A Maria non piace la pizza.

Mi piace VS A me piace - A Maria non piace la pizza

More Examples:

A Claudia non piace andare a scuolaClaudia 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.
A Sara non piace il caffèSara doesn’t like coffee

Learn more about TONICI vs ATONI


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