If English is your first language, you’ve surely wondered how to use the verb piacere in Italian. Piacere translates as to like in English. However, we cannot use these two verbs in the same way.
We saw the verb piacere for the first time when we learned the mi piace and mi piacciono structures. Here, on the other hand, we’re going to see the whole conjugation of piacere and how to use it in your day-to-day life in Italian.
We conjugate piacere this way:
Now, we have to see how to use it the Italian way.
If in English you say “I like something“, you cannot use the same structure in Italian. When you use the verb piacere, you will have to say that something is pleasing to you, so “mi piace“.
Take for example this sentence:
Mi piace il cioccolato.
I like chocolate
In English we have the subject + verb + direct object structure (I like chocolate). Whereas, in Italian we have the indirect object + verb + subject structure (Mi piace il cioccolato).
HOW TO USE THE VERB PIACERE IN ITALIAN
To better understand this rule, take a look at these sentences.
Piaci molto a mia madre.
My mother likes you a lot.
Non capisco perché non piaccio ai tuoi amici.
I don’t understand why your friends don’t like me.
Francesca piace a tutti.
Everyone likes Francesca.
Tu e Laura piacete molto alla mia famiglia.
My family really likes you and Laura.
Questi biscotti piacciono molto a mio fratello.
My brother really likes these biscuits.
In all these examples, the verb piacere has been conjugated according to what the subject likes. This is why we say mi piace il gelato, but then we say mi piacciono le torte.
Gelato is a singular noun and, in this case, it’s a third person singular subject. For this reason, we say piace.
Torte, on the other hand is a plural noun and, in this case, it’s a third person plural subject. This is why we say piacciono.
Il gelato piace and le torte piacciono.
Are you ready to put piacere into practice? Play this game below and repeat as many times as you like! Pun intended. 😉
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