aimer : to love or to like - that is the question

Link : loom ladder | Basics 2 - plurals | note: click on blue text for audio or links.

The verb ‘aimer’ can mean ‘to like’ or ‘to love’ depending on the context and accompanying adverbs.
allintolearning has said it most clearly for me by saying:
In French, "aime" means "love " with people and "like " with things. For things that they love, they use a different verb "adore".

As aimer follows the standard premier, or ~er verb pattern it is easy to conjugate. The difficulties, for the non-native speaker, is in using it in the correct context with the appropriate meaning. Care must be taken to clarify the exact meaning by adding any necessary modifying words, and understanding the differences when used in relation to people, compared to animals and objects. It is important to know that French has many more ways than ‘aimer’ to say ‘like’. It’s a useful verb, but it is best not overdone.

For the the second task - Basic Plurals - you need to know this to get a perfect score - of when aimer means love, and when it means like.

For further reading about this check out (in order of my preference) ...

Also in duolingo:
by Rémy

July 27, 2014


if you like but not love someone you can say j'aime bien quelqu'un

j'adore however has the strongest implication of love.

July 27, 2014

Thank you AdrianJosh :) Here is an lingot.

July 27, 2014

Je t'aime = I love you , Je t'aimerai = I will love you Je t'adore = I really like you (for a cute friend that you really like and think is fun.. you could say. Je t'adore!.. you are not saying "i love you")

J'aime ça = I like it J'adore = I love it (you'd say this for objects) For example "J'adore ton parfum" (I really like your perfume/cologne or I love your perfume/cologne) J'aimerai = I would like

J'aime bien = I like (her, him, them) J'aime beaucoup = I really like (her, him, them)

July 27, 2014

Thank you MichaelGuajardo, Here is a lngot.

July 28, 2014

Thank you. :)

July 28, 2014

Here is an excellent blog post I've read that adequately explains aimer.

July 28, 2014

I agree, this is an excellent post. :)

July 28, 2014

I have to say, this blog is a fantastic find. Thank you very much for sharing such a great resource!

August 1, 2014

Thanks for that - that was already tagged in the header, and I agree with you - it is quite a good explanation :)

July 28, 2014

This is very useful. Thank you!

July 28, 2014

what about 'me plait'? Like 'me gusta' in Spanish or 'mi piace' in Italian?

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