What is the difference between veux and envie

ruba

Kwiziq community member

23 November 2015

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What is the difference between veux and envie

This question relates to:
French lesson "Avoir envie de = To feel like, want to"

Laura

Kwiziq language super star

23 November 2015

23/11/15

Bonjour Ruba, "Veux" is from "vouloir" which means "to want." "Envie" is used in the expression "avoir envie" which means "to feel like."

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

8 December 2015

8/12/15

Bonjour Ruba, You might have encountered the sentence "J'ai envie de toi" meaning "I want you" in a loving way in French. "Je te veux" in that context would be much less romantic!

Katie

Kwiziq community member

15 May 2019

15/05/19

Apart of this particular situation though, is 'veux' and 'envie' pretty much interchangeable when I want to express that I WANT something?

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

20 May 2019

20/05/19

Bonjour Katie!

In a general sense, I'd say that "veux" is "to want", whereas "avoir envie de" would be more like "I fancy", which in some cases can be close enough to be interchangeable indeed :)

Bonne journée !

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