Spanish word of the week: encantar

encantar VERB to love

To say what you like, you can use gustar. But if you want to say that you really love something, you use encantar. It works in the same way as gustar. If the thing you love is singular, or is a verb, you use a singular form of encantar:

Me encanta la música. I love music.
Les encanta esquiar. They love skiing.

And if what you love is plural, so is the verb:

Me encantan los animales. I love animals.

As with all verbs of liking and loving, encantar is followed by the subjunctive when you talk about what you love somebody else doing:

Me encantó que no lo supiera. I loved the fact that he didn’t know.
Nos encantaría que viniera usted con su esposa. We’d love for you and your wife to come.

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