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Acide vs. Sur vs. Aigre

I have seen these all meaning something like "sour," but what are the differences and are they subtle?

September 2, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/elizadeux

Have you tried wordreference? It provides more detail than many dictionaries. My guess is that it depends on the context and that the differences are similar to those between acidic and sour (and maybe even bitter). No doubt someone else can provide a better answer but I thought this was an interesting question.

sur - sour, bitter http://www.wordreference.com/fren/aigre

Acide and aigre seem to have many more meanings related to this and can be used metaphorically:

http://www.wordreference.com/fren/acide

http://www.wordreference.com/fren/aigre


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Prenom.Pierre

Je dirais, dans l'ordre :

1 _ Acide ( un goût un peu piquant, "j'aime les pommes acides")

2 _ Sur (un tout petit peu aigre) /

3 _ Aigre (goût franchement désagréable)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MarcD50

That is also how I see it. I should have said: aigre = very sour.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MarcD50

All are rather close in meaning, but I think I would do like this:

  • acide = acidic
  • aigre = sour
  • amer/amère = bitter
  • sur/sure = sour

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Woof.

@MarcD50, what about Aigre vs. Sur? Can either be used?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/norkolas

Thanks. Your reply was helpful.

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