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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SamBaughn

What's the difference between 'Volo' and 'Velim'?

I realise that one is indicative and the other subjunctive, but I'm confused as to what those actually mean in practice, especially with a verb like 'want'. Either seems to get accepted in every context I've tried with Duolingo. Can anyone provide examples of when you might use one instead of the other?

February 18, 2020

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FrankN.Stein

I might be wrong but the way I understood it velim is "I would like" while volo is "i want".


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lila982306

C'est cela. Velim est le subjonctif présent de velle, ici traduit en français par un conditionnel je voudrais (i would like)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ikm17

volo = i want velim = i would like this is what I have understood, but I am only a student like you


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/KrisWilkin3

Volo goes with infinitives - as in “I want to buy “


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SuzanneNussbaum

And, if you need "I want" to be in the subjunctive mood, then velim can govern infinitives, too ("If I should want to buy": si emere velim , ...).

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