"J'aime manger des pâtes."

Translation:I like to eat pasta.

February 9, 2013



Why is "I love eating pasta" (instead of "I like...") a wrong translation?

July 9, 2014


As far as I've been able to tell, j'aime only becomes love for people. Anything other than a person, you would say j'adore to indicate love.

Now my question is how do you say you just like someone in French? Il est d'accord, or something? Or is it a tone thing?

September 22, 2014


"Je t'aime bien." When you add "bien" to vouloir or aimer, it kind of lessens the intensity of the meaning, and in the case of "vouloir," less strong means more polite. In aimer, love becomes like.

September 22, 2014


Interesting.... Very interesting... :)

February 3, 2015


Je t'aime bien! =I like you.

March 20, 2016


How about 'tu me plais'?

May 30, 2015


That would sound a bit odd, and it's more in the direction of 'you are pleasing to me'. It's not used to describe what you think of a person.

June 16, 2015


I know right, maybe i LOVE them. Not just LIKE them.

July 23, 2015


I agree

November 8, 2015


It should be "love" as well....That's what "aimer" means in french although it can be used with derived meanings it should still be acceptable as "love"

January 20, 2016


"Aimer" only means "to love" when referring to a person. The verb "to eat" is not a person, therefore can only be translated as "to like".

I love to eat - J'adore manger

January 20, 2016


French is a Romance language. In Latin, amo / amas /amat means {I / you / he or she} LOVES. So etymologically, aime does mean "love". How the French choose to define it is up to them, of course. But as for me and my house? We love pasta. ;~)

February 4, 2016


I also don't understand why it's 'manger' instead of 'mange'. ??

June 5, 2013


"Manger" is the infinitive form of the verb. It's what it looks like without being conjugated. When a verb is the second one (e.g. in this sentence "J'aime manger") it is nearly always not conjugated. Same as in english. We say "He likes to eat" (to eat being the infinitive), rather than "He likes eats" (the conjugated form). I don't know if I explained that well at all haha

June 15, 2013


As Kelseyjane said, the 'er' at the end makes it infinitive. This essentially translates to 'to eat' - making the sentence "I like to eat pasta" rather than "I like eat pasta". That's how we are taught in Australia, anyway.

August 31, 2014


Great explanation - thank you!

May 2, 2014


Thank you, thank you, thank you.

May 30, 2014


Wow, Merci Beaucoup!

June 14, 2014


Man I feel stupid...I still don't get it...*sighs

June 15, 2014


In most the romantic languages such as French, Spanish and Italian; you always start with a base verb for example: to eat = manger

I like TO EAT pasta J'aime MANGER des pâtes

Then the base verb needs to be conjugated just like in English:

TO EAT I/You/We/They eat She/He/it eats

Now French:

MANGER Je Mange Tu manges Il/elle mange Vous mangez Ils/elles mangeant Nous mangeons

And it goes on like that for every single verb. Even when it is in different tenses and stuff it changes again. I hope this helped you =)

July 25, 2014


Thanxsss I kinda understand it now :D

July 31, 2014


Oh spanish is romantic

August 24, 2016


Its more like latin

August 24, 2016


thank you a fantastic explanation :)

February 28, 2014


But in the previous question, they gave me a sentence to translate into English which began "Je mange des ..." Why did it not apply there, or was that just an error ?

August 6, 2014


If you're asking what the difference is between je mange des... and j'aime manger des..., they're saying two different things. It's the difference between "I eat..." and "I like to eat..."

The first bit of this sentence is the main verb, j'aime. "I like..." The base verb (the infinitive) is aimer - in English we usually say 'to like' or 'like', or even 'liking'. It's like the pure, basic action as a concept. When you use it to say what someone's doing, you have to conjugate it - turn it into a version that fits who is doing the liking and how (like ideas of when, finished actions and so on).

So in English, we'd say "I like..", or "she likes", that kind of thing. It tells you who is doing what. J'aime les chats. Je mange des pommes. Same as English, but just making it clear!

In this sentence, it's slightly different - instead of liking cats (an object), I'm saying I like doing something. In English, "I like to eat." Or "I like eating". It's a general activity, a concept, so we use the infinitive like I mentioned above. I like to run. I like running. Same idea! The main action in the sentence is me liking something, but then I need to add what that thing is.

In French you add the infinitive form of the verb, so you get j'aime (infinitive). 'I like (doing something).' J'aime manger = I like to eat/eating. The actual liking is the verb, but the eating is a general action or activity. You don't conjugate it, or you'd get something like "I like I eat", which is similarly wrong in English!

You probably intuitively know all this in English anyway, maybe without ever having thought about it. It's really the same deal here, you just need to recognise what's going on

August 6, 2014


Are you Asian? 한국인이에요?

July 31, 2015


You said almost always, which means it has expetions, right? So if it's possible could explain when we do conjugate? Or could refer a site I could look it up? Thank you in advanced.

December 2, 2015


Great explanation!! MERCI BEAUCOUP!!!

July 4, 2014


Pasta or pastry?

March 5, 2013



March 10, 2014


Both are acceptable, I suppose context would distinguish them (said in a bakery vs said in a restaurant) but I am sure you could also specify it somehow.

June 23, 2013


But Duolingo marked 'pastry' as wrong... why then?

February 3, 2015


Because it is looking for the plural - which is "pastries". The plural of pasta just happens to be pasta. :)

June 16, 2015


Grr. Pâte was definitively pastry last night, and is definitively pasta tonight.

March 9, 2013


read it up - dough in singular, pasta in plural

March 12, 2013


I've never tried 'pastries'. I'd like to try that!

March 10, 2014


I answered "I love eating pasta" and they counted it incorrect. Why must it be "like" not "love"?

July 6, 2014


because j'aime is like not love

August 23, 2015


isn't J'adore love?

June 11, 2013


adorer is much more than aimer. aimer means to like/love,while adorer means to love(strongly)/adore/admire

June 7, 2014


Can't j'aime be "I love" ? Once I was marked wrong saying 'I like' is correct. Or is it that we are not supposed to love fries but like it?

July 20, 2014


    Aimer means "to like" when used as a semi-auxiliary verb in front of other verbs or when used with inanimate objects.

    August 11, 2014


    we can still love an inanimate object, this is not correct

    September 7, 2014


    It can,you should report it :)

    July 21, 2014


    I sometimes get this mixed up. Look at this: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/1255673 . I hope it helps you! :)

    March 10, 2014


    Oui mais ici il ya j'aime

    September 13, 2014


    pates = pasta, pate = dough and pate? You know pate de fois gras. (sorry can't do the accent here)

    June 12, 2013


    I got confuesed guys love and like some times aimer is like or love .?????

    July 13, 2014


    It couldn't be 'I love'?

    August 6, 2014



    November 14, 2014


    The Great Papyrus agrees with this notion! Eat pasta whenever you can!

    December 30, 2015


    Pap. I think that with that comment, you PASTA the weirdness quota for the day.

    April 8, 2016


    Sans, please!

    June 7, 2016


    Please what? make another SKELE-TASTIC PUN?!?!?!? HAHAHA!!! I think that was my most HUMERUS one yet! It's SANS-SATIONAL!!!!

    June 8, 2016


    So, "pates" means pastries, pasta and dough?

    February 9, 2013


    "Pâtes" in the plural means pasta. "Pâte" in the singular means dough.

    February 9, 2013


    hello "ways" your answer is such a great one that i gave a lingot to you .... enjoy that :))) are you a native french speaker ?

    December 15, 2014


    I put pastries and was correct!

    January 16, 2014


    I put pastries and was wrong.

    August 7, 2014


    I wonder how this can be!

    August 19, 2014


    Its cause you are being watched... By the Kittens!

    September 9, 2015


    Was looking for this. Thank you

    May 21, 2015


    urm, I'm not sure why this is under future

    September 7, 2013


    Is "I like eating pasta" correct? if not please explain the difference

    June 7, 2014


    It says correct for me.

    August 16, 2015


    Can I use Love in this case?

    July 10, 2014


    No, because the verb "aimer" only becomes "love" when referring to persons or animals/pets.

    September 3, 2015


    This discussion illustrates perfectly what I see as a significant problem in the Duolingo course: there is no text to study before taking the lesson quizzes (i.e., there are tests but no lessons). For someone with zero exposure to the language before coming to Duolingo, this cannot help but be extremely frustrating, since one is guaranteed to fail every lesson before eventually retaking it enough times to finally pass. It's certainly one way to learn, but I wonder how many folks can handle the frustration and stick with it.

    August 10, 2014


    (American English speaker) The "quizzes" are the lessons! Keep at it - you've gotten this far already.

    October 6, 2014


    'I love eating pasta'/'I love to eat pasta' should also be accepted. Aimer can be to like or to love.

    August 31, 2014


      This isn't universally true. Aimer only means "to love" for specific people and pets. Otherwise, i means "to like".

      August 31, 2014


      but in English we CAN love things as well

      September 7, 2014


        Sure, but you must use adorer for that in French.

        September 7, 2014


        Not true here is why. If I love something in English, I really really like it. I do not love my pen in the same way that I love a person (we do not differentiate that in English), however I DO love it.

        True you can say adore, but that is a different verb here.

        In English it is a figurative love. I understand that the french direct object changes the meaning of (loving a person). That makes sense and is the difference between (j'aime ça) and (je l'aime). The French rule makes a distinction between loving an object and a person. However, we are translating FROM French to English here. I can love anything and that does not make me in love with it. Everyone who has ever taken a French class knows that aimer means to like or to love. People that are bilingual know why. Now if I said "J'aime bien manger des pâtes," there is no argument that I just LIKE pasta. There is a reason this thread has gotten so long from people missing that. I believe it can be argued regardless, which to me says it should be accepted.

        September 7, 2014


        B-but Duo... I do LOVE eating pasta

        April 29, 2015


        Why'd itmark me wring when I said paaaaaaaaaastaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

        January 27, 2016


        Hoping someone helps with pronunciation here. In general one pronounces the last letter of a word if it ends in 'CaReFuL', correct? The 'er' verbs, just sound like a long 'A' at the end, rather than an 'er'.

        April 26, 2013


        "The 'er' verbs, just sound like a long 'A' at the end, rather than an 'er'." - Correct Much like 'ier' sounds like YA ( long A )

        September 26, 2013


        I put mangez and was correct in the audio one! i know that it is just mange for j'aime, but for this it should be manger, not mangez!

        March 20, 2014


        Now that is ever so slightly odd. It ought to be manger, you conjugate the first verb in a clause and other verbs are then used in the infinitive form. Why it accepted mangez, the conjugation for "vous" is beyond me, perhaps because it is a homophone.

        March 21, 2014


        What do you mean, a homophone?

        March 21, 2014


        Homophones are words which sound the same, mangez and manger, read and red for example.

        March 22, 2014


        Ah, I see, thanks for your explanation the Wunel; but it still makes no sense for it to allow it, as j'aime is clearly not vous ;)

        March 23, 2014


        What is wrong with "I love eating pasta", j'aime mange des pates?

        August 16, 2013


        Correct would be 'J'aime manger des pates', because there is an infinitive form of 'mange' ('manger') needed ('I love to eat pasta)'

        November 23, 2013


        Can you please tell me how to say "I don't like to eat pasta"? Haven't got to that part yet in these lessons, but would like to know. Many thanks!

        June 25, 2014


        If you want to use negative form, add "ne" before the first verb, and "pas" after it. This is just the general rule, and of course there are many exceptions to it. Also, (un/une/des/du/de l'/de la) are all changed into (de). Except with verb etre, then those pronouns stay the same.


        Je ne mange pas la pomme.

        Je ne mange pas de pomme.

        Je ne suis pas un eleve.

        Je n'aime pas manger de pates. (The one you want)


        Of course, you can always say you "hate pasta", using the affirmative form.. Verb to hate is (detester).

        Je deteste manger des pates. Tu detestes manger des pates.

        July 6, 2014


        Oh, merci beaucoup!!! This was very clear and very helpful.

        July 13, 2014


        No problem! Happy to help!

        July 13, 2014


        I thought she said Je manger des pates, which doesn't makes sense lol. my bad.

        December 11, 2013


        So can we not say I like eating pasta...do we have to put some all the time???

        December 24, 2013


        My belief is we do not use the "some" all the time.

        January 21, 2014


        is there an audible difference in mange and manger? I thought that I could hear one...

        January 21, 2014


        My belief is that "manger" has an "ay" pronunciation at the end. "Mange" is one syllable.

        January 21, 2014


        I can't understand it when it says pasta

        April 20, 2014


        Most truest sentence. Ever. Trés vraiment! Oui! J'aime manger des pâtes

        April 25, 2014


        If you put the word "most" in front of the superlative here, it's like using the superlative form twice - you could say "Most true" or just "truest" but saying "Most truest" is wrong...

        May 5, 2014


        Thank you for correcting me. I shall avoid making a similar mistake again.

        May 6, 2014


        No worries :)

        May 6, 2014


        How would I say "I like to eat some pastas" (plural), referring to types-of pastas?

        May 4, 2014


        Um, I don't think you would ever refer to the plural of "pasta" with an "s" at the end - the word for pasta (singular) and the word for pasta (plural) in english are the same - there are a lot of words like that (sheep, moose, fish, deer, pants, etc). Therefore you don't need to change the tense in french any further? (Des pates can mean one pasta or lots of different types of pasta). I think.

        May 5, 2014


        The plural form is just the way how the term "pasta" is presented in French, so you would see "des pâtes" (or "les pâtes" wherever a specificity needs to be stressed) as an item. This is what I have reasoned out from reading through the discussion thread. Hope it helps! ;)

        October 1, 2015



        May 9, 2014


        Darn, I didn't note the pronunciation of "manger" and the m's mixed for me. Ah, well.

        June 4, 2014


        i thought pasta is uncountable, like wine and chocolate..so we say "du pâtes"? clarify anyone??

        June 8, 2014


        Vlugenhagen, a partitive article (e.g. du; for an uncountable quantity, where we could use "some" in English) has to grammatically match the noun. Since pasta is always plural in French, it's "des pâtes".

        • singular feminine: de la (e.g. de la soupe = some soup)

        • singular masculine: du (de+le = du) (e.g. du vin = some wine)

        • singular but starts with vowel sound: de l' (e.g. de l'eau = some water)

        • plural (m/f): des (e.g. des pâtes = some pasta)

        • a negative expression ("not any"), with some exceptions: de (Je_suis_BiDo's gave the example "Je n'aime pas manger de pâtes" in a post above)

        I found this helpful: http://french.about.com/od/grammar/a/de-vs-du-de-la-des.htm. Someone linked to it in a different discussion.

        August 7, 2014


        Difference between mange and manger?

        June 9, 2014


        Manger is the infinitive, "to eat" if you like. It's the basic form of the verb. If you want to talk about someone eating, you need to inflect it to match the person who's eating, when the action is taking place, how it's happening, and so on.

        So mange is the 1st person (and 3rd person) present simple form of manger. Basically "I eat" or "he/she/it eats". You can make all kinds of other versions of the verb - "I will eat", "they had eaten", "you ate" and so on. They're all conjugations of the base infinitive.

        In this sentence there are two verbs - aimer and manger (those are both the infinitives). Aimer is being conjugated to match the subject, so it's saying "I like..." Then you have manger, the infinitive, because you're talking about the general concept of eating. "I like to eat". You're not conjugating it to match the subject, because that would be "I like I eat" which is wrong in English too, obviously!

        It works the same way in English, and lots of other languages, you just need to spot what's going on. This might help a bit:

        June 9, 2014


        Thank you

        June 9, 2014


        On an earlier post I thought we were informed that when "like" was used it was followed by the definite article, is this not the case?

        June 12, 2014


        It can Also mean i love

        July 8, 2014


        Obviously I love eating pasta is wrong :(, I've lost my only remaining heart and there are 6 more questions to go. This is my 3rd attempt already. Wish me luck!

        July 19, 2014


        it is not wrong, it just needs to be updated

        September 7, 2014


        Is pâtes pasta???

        July 20, 2014



        September 13, 2014


        Should this not also be "I like to eat pastries," due to the fact that pates (excuse, please, the absence of the circonflex) is pastries or pasta on the drop-down explaination?

        July 28, 2014


        I put pastries and was marked wrong.....?

        July 29, 2014


        Why give "pastries" and then not accept it? It makes sense in the sentence. I like to eat pastries.

        August 5, 2014


        Does pâtes mean pasta or pastas (singular or plural) when translating into english?

        August 16, 2014


        Why not pastries?

        August 18, 2014


        I put "I like eating pastries" and was marked wrong. Will report to Duo

        September 11, 2014


        Me too..

        September 13, 2014



        October 12, 2014


        Here I left out 'eat' in "I like eating pasta", and was of course marked incorrect. Since I answered the question quickly, I assumed "I like pasta" would have the same implied meaning as "I like eating pasta". Wouldn't this be true?

        October 13, 2014


        As a casual translation, sure! But grammatically they're different things, with different meanings. Duo's making sure you're being accurate and that you know what you're doing. It's testing your ability to form a particular structure ("I like doing a thing") and also testing your vocab - letting things slide means people could get away with not learning it

        October 13, 2014


        I know it's not part of this exercise itself, but is pasta always used in plural in French? Can I also say "j'aime manger du pâte" (or de la pâte, as I don't know whether it is a masculine or feminine word, which can be a second doubt I have) as a second option when talking?

        December 10, 2014


        What about spaghetti? Isn't pasta and spaghetti the same thing? "J'aime manger des pates = I like to eat spaghetti"? ?

        January 13, 2015


        wow these comments are really helpful

        January 23, 2015


        Du and des sound the same. How do you tell the difference?

        January 31, 2015


        "du" sounds like "do" and "des" sounds like dee".

        September 3, 2015



        March 12, 2015


        J'aime bien as opposed to j'aime

        March 16, 2015


        How to say "we love to eat pasta"

        March 20, 2015


        Hardest section Eva

        June 9, 2015


        Just wondering. Is it just me or does the male voice pronounce the "e" in J'aime? I don't think the female voice does however and it seems like this happens often enough where I'm beginning to wonder at proper pronunciation.

        July 26, 2015



        August 23, 2015


        According to my course at Alliance Francaise, the correct article is les not des. There is an exception to the rule when using aimer, adorer and detester. Les should be substituted for des in this case.

        September 3, 2015


        I do not get it when aime means like, love, and enjoy.

        November 8, 2015


        Why not? They all basically mean the same thing. Like with English, using them in different sentences can give a different flavour to the word, so people understand that "I love you" means something different from "I love bananas".

        You just need to learn when and where French-speakers tend to use those words, and what kind of ideas they convey in those situations

        November 8, 2015


        That is so me

        November 18, 2015


        i've loved pasta since i was 5....so i know why i understood that

        December 9, 2015


        Should tolerate Jaime as J'aime

        January 3, 2016


        what the fudge semi-auxiliary (jeez how can someone remember that) means?

        February 14, 2016


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        June 27, 2016


        what is mean ̈j'adore'

        July 14, 2016


        Well, that's a true statement

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