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Avoir envie de = To feel like, want to

The French expression avoir envie de has different meanings, such as to feel like, to want or, in some cases, to need.

To feel like / want [something]

J'ai envie de toi.I want you. (Be careful: this would normally have amorous connotations!)

Tout le monde a envie d'amour.Everybody wants love.

Julie vraiment envie de chocolat.Julie really wants/craves chocolate.

To feel like / want in French, you can use the expression avoir envie de [quelque chose] (literally to have desire/want of [something]).

Note that when the object is specific - i.e. I want the chocolate I bought yesterday de becomes du / de la / de l' / des depending on the gender and number of the noun following it, as it contracts de + le,la,l',lesof the.

J'ai envie du chocolat que j'ai acheté hier.I want the chocolate that I bought yesterday.

Elle a envie de la viande de chez le boucher.She fancies/wants the meat from the butcher's.


 

To feel like [doing something] - To want/need [to do something]

J'ai envie d'aller aux toilettes!I want/need to go to the toilets!

On a envie de rester au lit ce matin.We feel like staying in bed this morning.

Elle a envie de faire la cuisine.She feels like cooking.

To express to feel like [doing something] / to want or to need [to do something], you will use avoir envie de / d' + infinitive of the verb.

 

See also the verb vouloir (to want):

Conjugate vouloir in the present tense in French (Le Présent) 

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J'ai envie d'aller aux toilettes!I want/need to go to the toilets!
J'ai envie de toi.I want you. (Be careful: this would normally have amorous connotations!)
On a envie de rester au lit ce matin.We feel like staying in bed this morning.
Julie vraiment envie de chocolat.Julie really wants/craves chocolate.
Tout le monde a envie d'amour.Everybody wants love.
Il fait chaud et j'ai envie d'une glace.It's hot and I feel like an ice cream.  
It's hot and I'd like / want an ice cream.
Elle a envie de la viande de chez le boucher.She fancies/wants the meat from the butcher's.
Elle a envie de faire la cuisine.She feels like cooking.
J'ai envie du chocolat que j'ai acheté hier.I want the chocolate that I bought yesterday.
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