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Consider another sensory verb (because that's what gustar originated as) oler: Huelo algo terrible. I smell ( = perceive sensorily) something terrible Huelo a algo terrible I smell ( = emit an odor) something terrible. Algo me huele a algo terrible Something smells terrible to me == I smell something terrible Notice how fluidly the meaning changes ...


In Spanish it is possible, although uncommon, for the word "gustar" to have the same syntax as in Portuguese. Here is a passage from the Spanish Wiktionary article on gustar: Si se desea que la persona que siente el placer sea el sujeto, generalmente para usos literarios o cultos, el verbo va seguido de la preposición de: "gustamos de esa casa". If ...

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