haïr vs détester


Kwiziq community member

4 November 2018

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haïr vs détester

What is the difference between haïr and détester? Couldn't I just as easily say Je te déteste and so on? Is one "stronger" than the other. 

This question relates to:
French lesson "Conjugate haïr in Le Présent (present tense)"


Kwiziq language super star

5 November 2018


Hi Michelle,

Both verbs mean 'to hate' but as détester is easier to conjugate than haïr, I think people prefer to use it...

Hope this helps!


Kwiziq community member

9 November 2018


Yes, it does, thank you very much. I think haïr is a good one to know, but I'll probably stick with détester for real life use as it does seem to be very colloquial. 

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