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aimer

why in this sentence aimer means like and not love? https://www.duolingo.com/comment/5198888

February 1, 2018

13 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/ViolettePolyglot

Upon occasion, aimer can mean like, however when regarding people it generally does mean love. Maybe its an error?

February 1, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/TheDaisyMoon

Actually, most of the time "aimer" means like. "J'aime les patates" (i like potatoes) "j'aime mon chien" (I like my dog), "j'aime apprendre d'autres langues" (I like learning other languages).... We almost never use "j'apprécie" which would be closer to "like".

Even about people. You could say "J'aime mon professeur" and it still wouldn't mean love but like. Or "J'aime cet acteur" and you wouldn't be declaring undying love either...

June 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/LICA98

is it not true that with people aimer always means love then?

June 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Madhav_Malhotra

I've heard from multiple sources that "aimer" is "to love" when used with someone, but "aimer bien" is "to like" when used with someone.

Ex. "J'aime mon oncle."

"J'aime bien mon ami, Marc, qui joue souvent le badminton avec moi."

June 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/TheDaisyMoon

Not at all :)

June 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/LICA98

how can you tell then when it means love and when like?

June 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Madhav_Malhotra

"Aimer" [someone] means to love. "Aimer bien" [someone] means to like.

Ex. "J'aime mon oncle."

"J'aime bien mon ami, Marc, qui joue souvent le badminton avec moi."

June 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/LICA98

so why in the sentence given it says "Nous aimons nos frères" and the translation is "we LIKE our brothers" and not love??

June 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/georgeoftruth

Hey Lica98, the sentence you're referring to is incorrect, and has been deleted from the course for many months. Please don't bump it in the "new" discussions anymore.

We all know that "aimer" + person means "to love", especially here in DL and generally in real life.

Personally, I'd rather you create a new thread about this, if you want more clarification or generate more discussion, instead of bringing up that incorrect sentence.

June 23, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/LICA98

why couldn't you just answer this right away then?

June 24, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/lovechange

in french the verbs love and like is the samme word : aimer, but in somme casse we can say : adorer it can be use but not in all casse it is stranger than aimer/ like

February 1, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/TheDaisyMoon

"Adorer" is pretty complicated to use correctly, most french people don't. And if you happen to be talking to someone very strict about language, you can be in trouble for using it...

June 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Joe733089

To clear up some might be confusion. Aimer means Your aimed attention is towards your subject. So depending on how you use it it could be like or love. Without being to impersonal. To clear this up if you are talking to someone and you only want to express a friendly like you would use aimer followed by bien meaning my aimed attention towards( subject) is well or in good terms. Now adorer however is a very stronger term for love or like. It means you are almost if not obsessed or in a form of worship towards your subject. Which is why it is less used and with care when so.

June 23, 2018
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