Valentines Day question

Meages

So today you want to love right? The verb aimer is for both, so how does someone know that you love them as opposed to just liking them when you use J'aime?  Big difference n'est pas?

toru e

You would have to qualify it with bien  to temper the tone (this goes for things too). :)

Je t'aime. - I love you.
Je t'aime bien. - I like you.

Meages

Merci, Torusan I shall try that out!

toru e

Pas de problème ! Here's a good usage note from Grammaire Progressive du Français (Niveau intermédiaire, Chapitre 18) that shows how adding superlatives actually dilute love to "Eh, you're nice": :-/

Les adverbes « bien » et « beaucoup » atténuent la valeur du verbe « aimer » :
J'aime bien Marie (sympathie)
J'aime beaucoup Marie (amitié)
J'aime Marie (amour)


 

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