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21 September 2018
In the examples above, 'j'aime Paris' means 'I lové Paris'. If 'j'aime beaucoup Paris' means 'I like Paris a lot', them how do you say plain old 'I like Paris'?
This question relates to:French lesson "Aimer = to love, like something / someone"
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Hi David ,
'Aimer' quelque chose is, 'to like' and 'to love' something .
Your intonation would clarify the intensity of meaning I think.
You could always use the verb 'plaire' and its unusual construction to indicate plain old 'liking something' -
Paris me plaît.
Have a look at the following lesson if you are not familiar with the verb 'plaire'
Hope this helps!
22 September 2018
With 'things' you need to add an adverb to 'aimer' to convey a higher intensity of feeling:
"J'aime beaucoup Paris" is stronger than for example,
"j'aime Paris au printemps" ( I like Paris in the Spring)...
10 November 2018
However today in a quiz I was asked to select multiple possibilitires for "How could you say 'I love sugar'?". I selected both "J'aime le sucre" and "J'adore le sucre". I was marked down because "J'aime le sucre" was only "Nearly" right. Why is that?
This lesson says:
Used on its own, aimer generally means 'to love' <someone> and 'to love or to like' (depending on intensity) <something>:
J'aime MarieI love Marie
J'aime ParisI love Paris
Elle aime sa nouvelle veste.She loves her new jacket.
In the third example here "sa nouvelle veste" is a thing and in the quiz "le sucre" is a thing so why is "love" appropriate in the first case but not the second?
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