Hello friends, I have a question about spanish. I want to know when are the proper times to use 'me' or 'yo' as in 'I'.

Me gusta is I like. Why isn't it Yo gusto.

Cheers to anyone who answers my question. =]

--Jake
Jake,

This may help you.

Certain verbs in Spanish are almost always used with the indirect object pronoun. (Me, te, le, nos, les)

In the case of gustar, the subject is the one " doing the liking"....the action is taken upon the subject.

The verb gustar is commonly used in the third person singular or plural.....gusta and gustan.

An example: Me gusta la torta = I like the cake

Me gustan las galletas. = I like the cookies (gustan because cookies is plural)

Me gustan la leche y el café (gustan because you like more than one thing)

Hope this was a help........

Nonna
Another thing that might help you is that instead of thinking of "gustar" as meaning "to like", think of it as "to be pleasing". This will make it easier to choose the correct phrase.

For instance...

I like you == You are pleasing to me => (Tú) me gustas.

You like him == He is pleasing to you => (Él) te gusta

He likes us == We are pleasing to him => (Nosotros) le gustamos.
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Ah, alright thanks everyone. I think I understand it now.

I also have a question on the placement of DOPs.

Like, if I wanted to say: "I enjoy cooking, it is really exciting." Would it be: "Me gusta comer, la es muy apasionante"?

Is 'La' in the right place, and is 'La' even the right DOP to use?

--Jake
In both the phrases "Me gusta comer" and "es muy apasionante", there is no direct object. "gustar" and "ser" are intransitive verbs, and hence do not take a direct object.

The subject of "Me gusta comer" is "comer". So I believe the question you are asking is what is the correct choice for subject pronoun and where does one place it.

First, it is worth mentioning that the subject in Spanish is implied by the conjugation of the verb. You only need to state it if you want to emphasize the subject, or it is needed for clarification. So the sentence...

"Me gusta comer, es muy apasionante"

is perfectly fine and is the common way to write it.

If you want/need to use a subject pronoun when the subject of reference is a verb or idea without gender, then you can use "ello".

"Me gusta comer, ello es muy apasionante".

however, I think you will find that the word "ello" is very rarely used like this.

And "comer" means "to eat". You probably want to use "cocinar" which means "to cook" Emotion: smile

Hope that helps.
Ah, yes, I see how it can be understood without clarification in that example.

What if I'm talking about..um, a book. Let's say 'Leí The DaVinci Code por un proyecto del escuela.' I read The DaVinci Code for a school project...and then I wanted to say 'I would recommend it to anyone.' Would the 'it' still be understood...is 'Recommendaría a alguien.' correct?

Cheers

--Jake
In this case, "it" refers to a book (un libro) which is a masculine noun. "it" also acts as the direct object of "recommend", so you need to use a direct object pronoun. Since the "it" substitutes a masculine noun, we use "lo".

I would recommend it to anyone == Lo recomendaría a alguien.

In this case, the "lo" is necessary because it represents the direct object. Without it, the sentence is incomplete since recomendar is a transitive verb, and transitive verbs need DO.