voudrais vs veux when to use which?

Darren

Kwiziq community member

7 November 2015

3 replies

voudrais vs veux when to use which?

This relates to:
Conjugate vouloir in Le Présent (present tense) -

Laura

Kwiziq language super star

9 November 2015

9/11/15

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.

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

8 December 2015

8/12/15

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' "
:)

David

Kwiziq community member

25 January 2018

25/01/18

Merci pour les exemples.

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