I was walking around an art gallery recently with a student of mine when suddenly, out of the blue (de repente), she said:
"This painting likes me"
When I hear something like this, it is clear that something has gone wrong!
My student was clearly thinking of this in her head:
"Este cuadro me gusta"
The problem here is that in English you need to START the sentence with the person who has the feeling and because, in this case, that cannot be the painting, it has to be you.
So, this is the correct solution:
"I like this painting"
The painting can't like you because it doesn't have any feelings.
Sometimes I hear the negative version:
"This painting doesn't like me" ... This is also incorrect.
Should be: "I don't like this painting"
Hope that helps!
Daniel Smith - Tu coach inglés
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