Veux vs Voudrais?

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Veux vs Voudrais?

Sometimes Vouloir (to want) is conjugated as veux at the present tense, but sometimes it is conjugated as veux for the pronoun je. Does this have to do with formality?

Asked 1 year ago
JimC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

Hi Ruby,

The present tense (indicatif) of vouloir is Je veux, tu veux ...... (I / you want ..)

This is standard conjugation for vouloir (But subject to context, a bit direct perhaps)

If there is a desire to be more polite (a softer register) then we can say Je voudrais (conditional) -- this translates to "I would like (want) ...."

Hope this helps?

Jim

 

 

ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

Jim's correct. Here's an example:

If you're ordering a coffee, using je veux sounds very forward and can be perceived as impolite. Therefore, the conditional of vouloir is used -- voudrais.

Je veux un café. -- I want a coffee.
Je voudrais un café. -- I would like a coffee. (literally: I would want a coffee)

Veux vs Voudrais?

Sometimes Vouloir (to want) is conjugated as veux at the present tense, but sometimes it is conjugated as veux for the pronoun je. Does this have to do with formality?

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