voudrais vs veux when to use which?


Kwiziq community member

7 November 2015

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voudrais vs veux when to use which?

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


Kwiziq language super star

9 November 2015


Bonjour Darren ! Je veux means "I want" - it's very direct. Je voudrais means "I would like" - it's softer and politer, so you'd use it when ordering in a restaurant or shopping, for example.


Kwiziq language super star

8 December 2015


In France, we actually teach children to use "voudrais" instead of "veux" as it is more polite. "Maman, je veux un gâteau! - Non, on dit 'je voudrais / j'aimerais un gâteau, s'il-te-plaît maman' " :)


Kwiziq community member

25 January 2018


Merci pour les exemples.

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