Hi. How can I tell the difference between 'aimer' & 'plaire'?

Lynden

Kwiziq community member

31 May 2017

4 replies

Hi. How can I tell the difference between 'aimer' & 'plaire'?

This question relates to:
French lesson "to like/love"

Ron

Kwiziq community member

31 May 2017

31/05/17

Bonjour Lynden, Alors, when someone says, for example, "J'aime beaucoup de fleurs" that is saying the person like flower a lot. However, when someone says, Le chien me plaît beaucoup, that is saying that the dog pleases him/her a lot. Plaire is somewhat of a more passive expression to me. It can also translate as "something gives you pleasure." Votre question me plaît beaucoup. Ron

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

1 June 2017

1/06/17

Bonjour Lynden (and Ron) ! Little note for Ron first: you would say "J'aime beaucoup les fleurs". -> "J'aime beaucoup de fleurs" means "I like a lot *of* flowers" As for the difference between "aimer" and "plaire", it's mostly an issue of structure, as Ron pointed out, but the meaning is quite similar when it comes to things: "J'aime ces tableaux." = "Ces tableaux me plaisent." = I like these paintings. However, be aware that using "plaire" with people implies that you find them attractive: "Paul me plaît." = I find Paul attractive. For more information on these nuances, please see our related lessons: https://french.kwiziq.com/revision/grammar/how-to-use-plaire-to-express-liking-something-someone https://french.kwiziq.com/revision/grammar/how-to-use-aimer-to-express-loving-and-liking-something-someone I hope that's helpful! À bientôt !

Ron

Kwiziq community member

1 June 2017

1/06/17

Merci, Aurélie

Lynden

Kwiziq community member

1 June 2017

1/06/17

Merci beaucoup Ron et Aurelie. Very helpful.

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