"J'aime la France."

Translation:I like France.

March 21, 2018

40 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Humzar

Wouldn't j'aime la France be, I like the France? Since la is there?

March 24, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/FrancescoC670061

Well, is and no. The literal translation is indeed "the France", but this is actually just a difference on how both languages talk about countries. In English, you don't need an article to define a country, but in French (and most Latin-derived languages), you do need it. But please correct me if I'm wrong!

October 7, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/F4V9XR

You are right regarding French. I'm not so sure that'd be the case in "most Latin-derived languages." At least for countries, in Spanish, the article isn't used much (only SOMETIMES).

January 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Yumiayy

When a noun follows a verb of appreciation (like, dislike, love hate, etc) you must use a definite article (le, la, les) with it. At least that's what I've learned.

October 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Emmanzi

I understand why starfire from teen titans go speaks the way she does now

July 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/ConnieJoy

Yes, can someone explain that to me?

April 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Nappystabl

True its kinda just how language works

March 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Kyeisha848310

its just there to show that you are describing THE thing

October 28, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Charan331418

No

February 2, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/march112006

How do you know the difference between "like" and "love" for the word "aime"?

March 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/AmineHadji1

That one can be a bit difficult. When used with people, aimer = to love (Je t'aime = I love you; Il aime sa mère = He loves his mother). Otherwise, aimer = to like (J'aime les pâtes = I like pasta; Tu aimes ton pays = You like your country).

Now, the tricky part: what if you want to say I like you? Well to like (someone) = aimer bien (quelqu'un) (I like you = Je t'aime bien; He likes his colleagues = Il aime bien ses collègues). On the other hand, if you want to say I love pasta, then to love (something) = adorer (I love pasta = J'adore les pâtes; You love your country = Tu adores ton pays)

March 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/DikshantUniyal

Very helpful; thank you!

April 3, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/CherylFont1

You always do easy to understand and helpful posts. You explained this concept very well. Merci beaucoup

March 29, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/AlexandreB872262

Wow! Thank you so much! Muito obrigado!

March 8, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/AlexTulei

Wow, thanks man

June 9, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/Sophie481700

Like for things love for people

March 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/KianGibson

I feel like for love they usually use adore instead of aime

March 21, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/AndyCoogan1

Maybe Duolingo has a problem with France and believe that nobody who speaks English can possibly love France

March 24, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Nappystabl

True, I do agree

March 30, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/LuccasFran

I've no Idea and I've JUST gotten it wrong.

March 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Rahna5

To my understanding, the difference is "adore". "Aime" could go either way but "adore" is always love.

March 10, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/sartisonm

I want to go to Paris!!

September 23, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/HAILEYTEMP3

I love french! Its so Interesting....

November 1, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/kanuck206

So it's "J'aime Paris" but "J'aime la France", is the rule that the definite article is required for countries but not cities? Simlar to how it's "à Paris" but "en France"?

April 19, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/jonas_reolon

Moi aussi! <3

May 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/fraser498706

in english the phrase I love France would be the one most used

October 28, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/barszczyko

Why is this in the activities area??

December 24, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/F4V9XR

I somehow get the idea that this could've been translated as "I love France."

January 5, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/tysonully1

there are no buttons for me to even select

May 1, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/jack571867

Won't let me write in a word

May 11, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/AlfisFarhan

Hello guys

April 5, 2019

[deactivated user]

    Im going to complain to duolibgo about not having a page for grammar rules in each language. How are you meant to learn a language if you know 0 grammar rules?

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