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Verb Gostar, to Like

edited September 2014 in Portuguese
A very important thing to note about the regular verb gostar, to like, is that it is always followed by the preposition de (of, from) when expressing general likes or dislikes.
Examples:
Eu gosto de ler. I like to read.
Cachorros gostam de ossos. Dogs like bones.
Brasileiros não gostam de frio. Brazilians don't like the cold.

When expressing a specific like or dislike, the preposition de is followed by an article, and a contraction occurs.
Examples:
Eu gosto do seu livro. I like your book.
Você gosta da minha casa nova? Do you like my new house?
Quem gostou dos sanduíches que eles serviram? Who liked the sandwiches they served?

It's also important to note that de can form contractions with demonstratives [este(s), esta(a), esse(s), essa(s), aquela(s), aquele(s), isto, isso, aquilo].
Examples:
As crianças não gostaram daqueles desenhos. The children didn't like those cartoons.
Quantas pessoas gostaram deste evento? How may people liked this event?
Ele gostou disso? Did he like this?

For more on the verb gostar, go to Lesson 10 in the Essential Brazilian Portuguese. 

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