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Can I use we se plaire instead of aimer, do se plaire and aimer have the same meaning to like?

Timothy K.B1Kwiziq community member

Can I use we se plaire instead of aimer, do se plaire and aimer have the same meaning to like?

Asked 2 years ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Timothy,

You can generally use plaire or aimer but never 'se plaire' as it makes it reflexive or reciprocal.

Take look at the Larousse definition of plaire and se plaire which have lots of examples-

https://www.larousse.fr/dictionnaires/francais/plaire/61329

Hope this helps!

Chris W.C1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

"Aimer" and "plaire" do not have the exact same meaning. I don't know how to explain the difference, but I would say that "aimer" is an emotional liking, whereas "plaire" expresses a more esthetic liking. It is more superficial.

Jim J.C1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Hi Timothy,

https://www.cnrtl.fr/synonymie/se%20plaire/verbe

I think you will find the above link interesting.

Jim

Can I use we se plaire instead of aimer, do se plaire and aimer have the same meaning to like?

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