Aimer bien?

RebeccaB2Kwiziq community member

Aimer bien?

Somewhere in my past studies, I was told that using "bien" with "aimer" actually lessens its meaning from love to like.  Did I get that wrong, because in my recent lessons, it's used more as an intensifier.  Sorry if I missed this on the thread before.

Asked 11 months ago
JimC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

Bonjour Rebecca,

I have found the following links to previous queries on this point.

https://progress.lawlessfrench.com/questions/view/aimer-bien-and-negation

https://www.lawlessfrench.com/expressions/aimer-expressions/

Hope this helps.

Bonne continuation

Jim

ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

Hi Rebecca, you're right: adding bien kind of steers the meaning away from "love" to "like". More on this in the lesson linked by Jim in this response.

MaartenC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

I would just add that ‘aimer bien’ may ‘weaken’ it from (strong) love to like, but does not mean a weak liking.

 “Tu n’aime pas le repas?”-  “Si, j’aime bien ce repas”

Aimer bien?

Somewhere in my past studies, I was told that using "bien" with "aimer" actually lessens its meaning from love to like.  Did I get that wrong, because in my recent lessons, it's used more as an intensifier.  Sorry if I missed this on the thread before.

Sign in to submit your answer

Don't have an account yet? Join today

Ask a question

Find your French level for FREE

Test your French to the CEFR standard

Find your French level
Let me take a look at that...