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

what is the difference between j'aimerais and je voudrais?

anyone could help, thanksss

May 14, 2020

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

hello, 'J'aimerais' is something you like. You like it forever. 'Je voudrais' is more like a want. I hope this is useful to you!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AdrianC602

"Je voudrais" is a different tense (conditional present, if we want to get technical) form of "Je veux" - I want - from the verb vouloir.

J'aimerais is the same tense version of j'aime, aimer, to like/to love.

So, yes, both mean "would like", but in different contexts.

I like (aimer) a lot of things I wouldn't actually like (vouloir) right now. I like a large glass of red wine. But I don't find it particularly tempting at the moment - it's 9.45am...

Perhaps another example is in the context of relationships. Telling your partner you want them is a bit different to telling them you love them...


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/angus390025

Telling your partner you want them is a bit different to telling them you love them...

Except in Spanish, of course, when you would say Te quiero, mi amor whether you're being overtly sentimental or just randy.

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