How to use the verb “piacere” in Italian!

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Today I’ll teach you some important rules that will help you to understand how to use the verb “piacere” in Italian


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The verb “Piacere” in Italian has a special construction! Below you can find some examples in order to let you understand better this special construction!

 

Mi piace la pasta! (La pasta piace a me! = literally: the pasta pleases to me – I like pasta).
“La pasta” does the action of pleasing me and becomes the subject of the sentence.
Mi piacciono le polpette! (Le polpette piacciono a me! = literally:polpette please to me – I like polpette)
“Le polpette” do the action of pleasing me and become the subject of the sentence.
Leggere mi piace! (Leggere piace a me! = literally: to read pleases to me – I like reading)
The act of reading, “leggere”, does the action of pleasing me and becomes the subject of the sentence.

 

Tu le piaci. (Tu piaci a lei). = She likes you.

 

Lei ti piace. (Lei piace a te). = You like her.

 

Ti piaccio? (Io piaccio a te?) = Do you like me?

 

A Luana piace mangiare. (Le piace mangiare). = Luana likes to eat.

 

A loro piacciono le canzoni italiane. (Gli piacciono le canzoni italiane). =They like Italian songs.

 

Al professore piacciono i libri storici. (Gli piacciono i libri storici). = The teacher likes history books.

 

Indirect Pronoun

Verb PiacereTo like
mi (a me)*piaceI like
ti (a te)piaceyou like
gli (a lui)piacehe likes
le (a lei)piaceshe likes
   
ci (a noi)piacewe like
vi (a voi)piaceyou like
gli (a loro)piacethey like

 


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IMPORTANT!

Please note, with the verb “piacere” we use the auxiliary “essere” to form combined tenses: mi è piaciuto = I have liked it.
“Piacere” can be used also only in the sense of pleasing to someone.
Io piaccio = I please, I am liked, people like me.
Io piaccio a te = I please you, you like me (I do the action of being liked by you).

 

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