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Quiere y Amor

In several of the exercises for this topic the phrase "Quiere a... " is used for love. For example "¿Quiere a mi hermana?" for "do you love my sister?" However, would this not be something more like "do you want my sister?" which is something else entirely lol.

6 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Gumbee

I was taught that querer is used for love between family and friends, whereas amor is for romantic love. So 'te quiero' would be to tell my brother or my best friend that I love them, and 'te amo' would be to tell my boyfriend or spouse that I love them.

6 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/BenjaminDu4

Casi es correcto. Para querer y amar son muy diferente. Couples only use "te amo" when things are very very serious, as in marriage serious.

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JulieW
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Well, I know that a 3 1/2 year old in Guatemala said to me, Te quiero Julia. I love that little guy as well.

6 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mprey

I disagree with that. Querer is used very often in a romantic context.

6 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/StarkyLuv

When I lived in Spain, 'te quiero' was used romantically and amongst friends. But in romantic situations, it was used almost exclusively. I never heard anyone say 'the amo'. The was used more for saying you loved inanimate things. Like 'Te amo mi carro'. Or 'Te amo mi casa nueva.'

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/VonBrown

Acrually the querer is more common in everyday usage, here in US and Probably Mexico. Don't know about farther south or europe.

6 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/m-ion
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I'm under the impression that duolingo teaches Latin American Spanish - maybe that explains the different uses of querer?

6 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lashmi57

In the dominican republic/Puerto rico "Te quiero" means I love you (listen to Daddy Yankee or Tito Bambino)

6 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/inthesonshine

The simple answer: "te quiero" can be used as EITHER (romantic or friendly), but is more intimate than "te amo."

5 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JulieW
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Thanks Gumbee. That helped me as well.

6 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/htregidgo

yeah thanks Gumbee.

6 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SabrinaDJC

In Ecuador they often only use "te quiero" for "I love you", also between couples. So you can use both of them, but I guess it depends on where you are in the world.

5 years ago
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