https://www.duolingo.com/Mr.Quizzical

Does aimer mean "to like" or "to love"

Does aimer mean "to like" or "to love"?

I thought aimer meant to like and adorer meant to love. But learning French on Duolingo keeps correcting me from typing I like. I am marked wrong and the actual answer is I love.

What is the real answer? Is Duolingo wrong?

June 27, 2015

17 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/parapluie41

"Aimer" means 'to like' when you're talking about objects but 'to love' when you're talking about people or pets. That's probably what's going on here :P

June 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/AdamLGRing

Often but not quite correct. « Aimer » can be "to like" or "to love" when talking about objects. Use « Adorer » to explicitly "love/adore" an object.

« Aimer » is always "to love" when talking about people so be careful! Use « J'aime bien » "to like" people.

https://learnfrenchavecmoi.wordpress.com/2013/04/08/aimer-vs-adorer/

July 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/eddsax

Yes but you can say the same thing about "love" in English. Romeo loves Juliet and I love a cup of tea.

Duolingo has taken its position, and its worth remembering while studying here.

But there's too many meanings for the English word love to make a hard and fast rule about it. And that's ignoring the exact French definition, which is probably just as complicated.

June 28, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Speak23

What confuses me is Duolingo has always accepted answers like "I like you" for "Je t'aime". I've only been marked down for using "like" for humans once on these sort questions, and by that point I'd built up a habit.

There seems to be some inconsistencies in the marking. Perhaps they should look into the Pronouns lesson and make sure everything is working properly.

June 28, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/AdamLGRing

Yes, Duolingo needs to be taught these things via the feedback button sometimes. « Je t'aime » is always "I love you" and will be very affectionately received when used in the right context!

July 2, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/Arktoz
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For those wishing this post info would be provided in the course, it already is explained in the notes for the lesson Basic 2 (https://www.duolingo.com/skill/fr/Basics-2 , scroll down), at the very end of the page:

"Ah, L'Amour

Love is tricky in France. For people and pets, aimer means "to love", but if you add an adverb, like in aimer bien, it means "to like". For everything else, aimer only means "to like". Adorer can always mean "to love", though it tends to be more coy than aimer."

There are around 22 lessons in the course atm with information like this: useful tips on conjugating verbs, when to use liasions and similar. The notes are incredibly useful (or, they have at least been to me), and most of the times you wonder "Is Duolingo wrong?" while doing this course, the explanation to why it is the way it is can be found in the notes. The first half of the course at least.

June 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/RuizAPR

parapluie4194 is correct that 'aimer' means 'like' in referral to objects (ex: J'aime ça), and 'love' in referral to living things (mainly people ex: Je t'aime).

However, to express love to either an object OR a person, you are right to believe 'adorer' can be used. (Je t'adore: I adore you/J'adore cette chanson: I love this song).
If you want to say you LIKE an object OR person, (be it a crush or simply that you enjoy their presence), you can use 'plaire'. Ex: tu me plais (I like you, lit. you please me), ce sac me plaît (I like that bag).
This is for spoken French, not for the exercises on Duolingo, though. Many words in French have double meanings: garçon (boy/waiter), fille (girl/daughter), femme (woman/wife), and place (place/public square), to name a few.

June 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/susanstory

Actually, Sitesurf wrote somewhere on the French lesson discussions that "garcon" is no longer acceptable to say for "waiter" and to use "serveur" now.

June 28, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/NtateNarin

I wish this post is a sticky. Even though I'm about 3/4 into my French tree, this question always comes up multiple times in the comments.

June 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Elizabeth261736

I believe that "Je t'aime" would mean I love you, but "je t'aime bien" would mean I like you.

June 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Xylss

Speaking as someone with exposure to Acadian French "aimer" tends to be like. "Aimer" can be used for love although if you want to express a strong like or love you would usually use "adore."

June 28, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/AsylumMan

When talking about people, "aimer" means to love. When talking about objects, "aimer" means to like. "Adorer" means "to adore", which can be roughly translated to "to love" with both people and objects.

June 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/SimoneBa

I'm also a beginner, and I have been wondering the same thing. Thanks for posing the question, the answers have been enlightening....

June 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/yul1906

It means both. 'adorer' means to really like.

June 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/ishadoo

Aimer means like when you talk about things , example J'aime une pomme It means to love when it comes with person , example J'aime john It means enjoy when it comes with an action J'aime manger

June 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Blaise532537

Can be mean both depend on your sentence

June 27, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/PieterGeerkens

Parfois çomme ci; parfois çomme ca.

July 1, 2015
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