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Aimer- like or love

How do you know if aimer means to like or to love in a sentence? My answer has been incorrect for using like versus love. Sometimes the correct answer is "like" and sometimes its "love" when it seems either one could be correct.

June 3, 2018

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https://www.duolingo.com/Lrtward

Aimer = like when you're talking about things, and love when you're talking about people.
J'aime ta montre - I like your watch.
J'aime lire = I like to read.
J'aime ma soeur = I love my sister.

June 3, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/angus390025

Aimer = like when you're talking about things, and love when you're talking about people.

not sure that I can entirely agree with this. for "j'aime la france" I'd go with "I love france" I do think it is possible to "aimer" things that are not people in the sense of "loving" them. Moreover, it is possible to "aimer" some people in the sense of "I like you" but not in the sense that "I love you." So it's not at all a people vs. non-people distinction.

I always found it unsettling as well that in french aimer can mean "to love" or "to like", but to be fair, we use the word "love" very chaotically. I love my wife. I love my son. I love my country. I love coffee. (Four very different meanings; one verb.)

To the OP: Best to take such statements on a case-by-case basis. If I say "I love peanut butter" you know that I don't mean that I'm caressing it, or that I'd give my life for it, or that I'd take up arms if it were invaded. Similarly, "J'aime ma mere" has a denotation and a connotation just as "J'aime la cacahu├Ęte" has a denotation and a connotation. (and the connotations are decidedly different.) You just have to think a bit about context.

June 4, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/DanIonescu7

We love people and we like objects.

June 3, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/David481823

I agree, then you have to think when to use adorer and not aimer

June 3, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/jenshero

If you want to emphasise that it's just 'like' and not 'love', use 'aimer bien'. Otherwise...'aimer' can mean either like or love. 'Adorer' can be used to emphasise adoration though

June 3, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/keithfrenc2

J'aime - I love J'aime bien - I like

June 3, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/TrueThug

You have to know what the word is being connected to. I can't think of a good example of it in English other than the word 'pretty'. If 'pretty' is attached to an adjective in English it means 'moderately'. So a woman can be 'pretty' (attractive), or she can be 'pretty tall' (moderately tall).

If you see 'aimer' attached to anything that isn't a person, it means 'to like'. This is true even if it modifies a verb that targets a person.

June 3, 2018
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