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Hi David ,
'Aimer' quelque chose is, 'to like' and 'to love' something .
Your intonation would clarify the intensity of meaning I think.
You could always use the verb 'plaire' and its unusual construction to indicate plain old 'liking something' -
Paris me plaît.
Have a look at the following lesson if you are not familiar with the verb 'plaire'
Expressing you like something/someone in French with the verb "plaire"
Hope this helps!
With 'things' you need to add an adverb to 'aimer' to convey a higher intensity of feeling:
"J'aime beaucoup Paris" is stronger than for example,
"j'aime Paris au printemps" ( I like Paris in the Spring)...
However today in a quiz I was asked to select multiple possibilitires for "How could you say 'I love sugar'?". I selected both "J'aime le sucre" and "J'adore le sucre". I was marked down because "J'aime le sucre" was only "Nearly" right. Why is that?
This lesson says:
Used on its own, aimer generally means 'to love' <someone> and 'to love or to like' (depending on intensity) <something>:
I love Marie
I love Paris
Elle aime sa nouvelle veste.
She loves her new jacket.
In the third example here "sa nouvelle veste" is a thing and in the quiz "le sucre" is a thing so why is "love" appropriate in the first case but not the second?
Hi David. As I recall, I believe to say "I like Paris" in french, you could say "J'aime bien Paris" which turns 'love' into 'like'.
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