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!
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).
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.
How do you know the difference between "like" and "love" for the word "aime"?
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)
You always do easy to understand and helpful posts. You explained this concept very well. Merci beaucoup
Maybe Duolingo has a problem with France and believe that nobody who speaks English can possibly love France
To my understanding, the difference is "adore". "Aime" could go either way but "adore" is always love.
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"?
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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