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What's the difference between "veux" et "voudrais"?

as title, for example

Je veux un café. Je voudrais un café.

I know the second one is asking for a service in a restaurant, are they in the same meaning but the second is more polite?

May I use the first sentence? In which condition?

Many thanks!!

January 8, 2018

11 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/NICKY405002

"Veux" means "want". Therefore, "Je veux un café" means "I want a coffee". But "voudrais" means "would like" so "Je voudrais un café" means "I would like a coffee". The second one is more polite in a way. The first one sounds like you have a bit of a grudge so I recommend to not use that among our elders or around our friends or important people.

January 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/FrenchCamille

It would be fine around friends since it is very informal

January 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Viking...

Je veux un café....I want a coffee.,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,Je voudrais un café..I would like a coffee.

January 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/NICKY405002

Ha, we said the same thing at the exact same time! :)

January 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Ripcurlgirl

Never say "Je veux un café" in a café or restaurant unless you are prepared to be ignored. It is very rude and has an air of demand about it rather that request.

January 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/MichaPau

I think adding a little bien and svp. changes everything:

je veux bien un café si'll vous plaît.

would be completely fine I guess.

January 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/robin.fli

veut - present form, voudrais, present conditional form. Present conditional is used in both English and French to make a request "politely". Both are accepted, especially if you add please, s'il vout plaît at the end.

January 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/gerd889782

Thank you! I never heard that before. Sometimes i was very inpolite. But most i ask "un café s'il vous plaît"

January 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Ripcurlgirl

That's perfectly fine and polite.

January 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/lovechange

I want a cofee=Je veux un café and I would like a cofee=je voudrais un café

January 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/lovechange

my mom to be (to) polite say's :Puis j'avoir...... She is English in a french contry

January 8, 2018
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