How do you know when to use favori as opposed to préféré?

VanessaB2Kwiziq community member

How do you know when to use favori as opposed to préféré?

As I'm pretty sure they both mean favourite - does it matter on the context?

Asked 2 months ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Vanessa,

This is an interesting question as I would have argued that 'préféré' would always win hands down over 'favori' in everyday French conversation for the English 'favourite'.

As Chris points out the meaning is similar to English but of course, when 'favourite' is used to mean most likely to win ( as in a horse race or an award ceremony) you would only use 'favori/te' and never 'preféré/e' in French.

Strictly speaking , according to my Petit Robert -

favouri/te qui plaît particulièrement ( best loved/favoured/dearest)

préféré/ejugé meilleur (judged superior or better)

Personally, I would always say :

Zola est mon auteur préféré 

Symphony est ma chanson préférée 

etc...

ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

It's like "favorite" and "preferred" in English: very similar usage.

How do you know when to use favori as opposed to préféré?

As I'm pretty sure they both mean favourite - does it matter on the context?

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