Hat dir der Film gefallen?


Hat du der Film gefallen?

I know first one is true but I do not understand why? Can anyone explain?

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  • The putative duplicate deals with a totally different topic, which is why I vote for reopening this question. Jul 15, 2020 at 14:46
  • There are already several questions dealing with the question of which cases to use with 'gefallen" (or should I say: why gefallen has the same meaning as 'to like' in English but is used differently) so I'm voting for closing it again.
    – RHa
    Jul 15, 2020 at 21:04

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The verb "gefallen" is used with dative. You can roughly think of it as "to be pleasant to somebody":

Dieses Buch gefällt mir - this book is pleasant to me

Der Schauspieler hat ihr gefallen - the actor was pleasant to her

Hat dir der Film gefallen? - Was the film pleasant to you?

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