How to say Love in French (Explanation + 12 Examples)

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In this grammar lesson you will learn how to say love in French, and how to differentiate it from liking.

In this lesson you will learn about:

  • how to say love in French
  • how to express liking in French
  • how to form negations with to love and to like
  • how love and like are used in sentences
  • how you can quiz yourself on how to say love in French
  • how to practice with flashcards on how to say love in French
  • how and why you should use the courses of Language Atlas to learn French

Please refer to the French A2 Curriculum to get a better overview of French grammar, if you are curious about this fits in French A2 grammar.

By the end of the lesson you will know all about how to say love in French!

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How to say Love in French

If you want to say love in French, then you will use “aimer”.

Please have a look at the following examples, to better understand how to say love in French.

Je t’aime.

I love you.

Elle m’aime.

She loves me.

Ils aiment leurs enfants.

They love their children.

The verb aimer can also be used in questions.

When talking about people, aimer means to love.

When talking about things, aimer means to like.

Est-ce que tu l’aimes ?

Do you love him?

Tu aimes ma nouvelle Playstation ?

Do you like my new Playstation?

Est-ce qu’il aime son école ?

Does he like his school?

How to express Liking in French

If you want to say that you like someone or something, then you will use “aimer bien”.

Je t’aime bien.

I like you.

Elle m’aime bien.

She likes me.

J’aime bien leurs enfants.

I like their children.

If you are wondering why it’s leur and not ils, then please read the lesson on possessive adjectives.

How to Form Negations with Aimer

Now you know that aimer can mean both to love and to like, depending on how it’s used.

There’s one important rule you have to keep in mind, when you want to make a negation with aimer (e.g. ne….pas).

You can’t negate “aimer bien”, you have to use “aimer”. The context will show if it’s love or like.

Paul n’aime pas Clara.

Paul doesn’t love Clara.

Paul doesn’t like Clara.

Je n’aime pas les montagnes russes.

I don’t like roller coasters.

Je n’aime pas les voitures laides.

I don’t like ugly cars.

As you can see, you have to use the context to determine whether it’s love or like.

In the first sentence it’s impossible to tell without knowing the actual situation.

In the other two sentences it is a lot easier.

Sentences Overview of How to say Love in French

The final section of this lesson on how to say love in French is about seeing the terms in action.

This is valuable because you can improve your understanding on how to say love in French through examples.

This section contains all of the previous sentences, neatly organised in one place.

Je t’aime.

I love you.

Elle m’aime.

She loves me.

Ils aiment leurs enfants.

They love their children.

Est-ce que tu l’aimes ?

Do you love him?

Tu aimes ma nouvelle Playstation ?

Do you like my new Playstation?

Est-ce qu’il aime son école ?

Does he like his school?

Je t’aime bien.

I like you.

Elle m’aime bien.

She likes me.

J’aime bien leurs enfants.

I like their children.

Paul n’aime pas Clara.

Paul doesn’t love Clara.

Paul doesn’t like Clara.

Je n’aime pas les montagnes russes.

I don’t like roller coasters.

Je n’aime pas les voitures laides.

I don’t like ugly cars.

Quiz Yourself on How to say Love in French

It’s not enough to just read this lesson.

You should test your knowledge to see if you really understood everything, and to be able to repeat the material.

It is also for this reason that it is recommended to download the Anki Decks and practice them.

At the end of every lesson you can do a small test.

You will see the sentences of the previous chapter. It is up to you to give the correct answer.

You will either need to fill in the blanks, choose the correct multiple choice option, or both.

Once you are done the correct answer will be shown.

You can redo the quiz as many times as you want!

How to Practice With Flashcards for This Lesson

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Please read our article on how to learn a new language for more information on flashcards and the best way to learn a new language.

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