"I like to drink."
about pronunciation, they sound the same, since E in je is silent or almost silent.
I do apologise, but can someone again explain.... why I cant use "J'aime bois" or "J'aime boisson" in this case. Cheers.
you have to use the infinitive form. It's just like spanish in that sense 0:) Me gusta beber not me gusta bebe.... Why is it like that? Because you need the TO in there in order for it to be grammatically correct. "I like/love TO drink" and the infinitives or not conjugated forms, come with the to, while other verbs are only the verb. Take eat for example: mangent is (they) eat, manger is to eat. Hope that makes sense!
doesn't the verb "aimer" mean to love, not to like. Isn't the " voudrais" also correct?
Je voudrais boire would translate as "I would like to drink", as opposed to "I like to drink" above.
Vouloir (infinitive form of the future tense "voudrais") means to want, so this could be used grammatically similarly, but not according to their instructions. "Aimer" literally means "to like", but, in some cases, it's used as if it does mean "to love" (je t'aime à la lune et retour "i like(love) you to the moon and beyond"). Adorer means "to love" and would be used for foods.
In French, what exactly does it mean to have an "infinitive" form of a word?
in all languages, the infinitive form is the non-conjugated form of the word. For example, in English, the infinitive forms are "to _", or "__ing". To run, running. I like running, or I like to run. It's the same in French. I like to drink / I like drinking = J'aime boire. Now, you can conjugate boire into it's different forms by putting each form with the subject. In English, to drink conjugated would be: I drink, you drink, they drink, we drink, he/she/it drinks. In French, you can also conjugate it. Does that make sense? Conjugate just means putting a subject with the form of that verb that belongs with it. Hope that makes sense!
is there any rule to make infinitive form in french? like : mange -------- manger (inf) aime --------- aimer (inf)
There are three types of french verbs (not counting irregulars): -er, -ir, -re. Depending on the verb, you take off the conjugation's ending and add one of these three endings to the verb to make it infinitive. Each has a different conjugation. "Tu aimes". Take off -es (bc its the conjugation's ending) and add -er (bc aimer is an -er verb) : aimer. -er verbs are the most common.
Actually, the verb aimer (to like) only means to love when you are speaking about people. Otherwise, "aimer" only means "to like", and "adorer" only means "to love".
I don't think there is any way to look at a present tense verb like mange, and tell if it has an 'er', 'ir' or the 're' ending in the infinitve form. Please correct me if I am wrong.
"To verb" is only the infinitive construction in English. In French "verber" fulfills the purpose.
'aimer' means 'to love'. But is only used in the 'love' sense when it concerns people or animals. Otherwise it means 'to like'.
"Boire" is the infinitive form, whereas bois, is conjugated in the "je" form.
Does this imply drinking alcohol in most contexts like in English? If I said "I like to drink" to someone, the implication might be that I'm an alcoholic or at least a heavy social drinker.
I worry about the alcoholism that Duo is encouraging with all of these drinking questions.