1. Forum
  2. >
  3. Topic: French
  4. >
  5. A question...


A question...

Hello everyone!

I wanted to ask you that what's the difference between :

J'aime les chats.


J'aime bien les chats.

What happens when we add bien after "Aimer" in the sentence?

Merci beaucoup :)

July 18, 2017



The verb ''aime'' has a few small complexities. The verb translates to ''to like'' in English... however, when we talk about people or pets, it becomes ''to love''. I'm not completely sure if it includes all animals, but cats as pets are definitely included. Bien simply weakens the verb from love to like when it's necessary to do so (for example: J'aime bien Nick). I have heard ''aimer bien'' used outside of pets and people too, but I think in those cases it's more of an optional indication... I say that because I can't think of any other reason haha!


Hi, I am not an expert in French but I take it "J'aime bien le chats", gives a bit more room for intepretations, i e the expresser has not always loved cats or in fact she likes cats or as a matter of facts she likes cats, whareas, "J'aime les chats" is more without doubts, simply love them. I hope this is right... BR Olof


je vais répondre à ta question et tout le monde ne sera peut être pas d'accord avec moi. Je pense que s'il fallait classer les phrases selon la force du verbe aimer, je dirais 1: "J'aime bien les chats" je les aime juste un peu, ce sont des animaux que j'apprécie mais sans plus. 2: "J'aime les chats" Je les aime beaucoup, les chats sont, parmi les animaux, ceux que j'apprécie le plus 3: "J'adore les chats" Les chats sont vraiment mes animaux préférés et mes sentiments pour eux sont proches de l'amour. Voilà..... J'espère que cela t'aidera !


Merci beaucoup pour votre repond :)

Learn French in just 5 minutes a day. For free.