https://www.duolingo.com/Elle909134

How rude is déteste if someone offers you food?

In English, if someone offers you broccoli and you don't like it, you would never say " I detest" broccoli or "I hate" broccoli. You would say the much more polite, " I don't like" broccoli ... Trying to gauge - is this the same in French? Is it better to use "je n'aime pas" in this instance rather than "je deteste"?

October 31, 2018

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https://www.duolingo.com/isolated.

I would just say "Non, merci" and not take it

October 31, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Elle909134

Thanks ...I have just been doing the je déteste exercises and wondered if use of hate or detest is as strong as in English ..I am thinking perhaps it is ?

October 31, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/isolated.

yeah i think so too

October 31, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Cleanthe3

Indeed saying "deteste" is too strong if you want to be polite . You can say "non merci ,je n'aime pas ça " , if your host insists "non, je n'aime vraiment pas ça, merci" .

October 31, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Elle909134

Thanks, as always, helps to get some guidance on usage

October 31, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/MaryAnne993219

You could add "Désolé (e) " to your refusal.

November 1, 2018
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