How To Use The French Verb “Aimer” (With Example Sentences)

Translations for the French verb aimer include to like and to love. The most common usage of aimer is in the phrase, “Je t’aime”, which means “I love you”. This page examines the conjugation of aimer in the present tense as well as common usage and example sentences.

Aimer conjugation in the present tense

  • J’aime I like
  • Tu aimes you like
  • Il, elle on aime he she one likes
  • Nous aimons we like
  • Vous aimez you like
  • Ils, elles aiment they like

Aimer example sentences

Now let’s look at some example sentences.

  • Marie aime faire du ski. Marie likes skiing.
  • Est-ce que Céline aime la pizza? Does Celine like pizza?
  • Je n’aime pas Marseille. Je préfère Paris. I don’t like Marseille. I prefer Paris.
  • J’aimerais acheter une nouvelle voiture. I’d like to buy a new car.

Je t’aime – I love you

Of course a page on aimer couldn’t be complete without mention of how to say I love you.

  • Je t’aime! I love you / I like you.

J’aime bien” is a way of saying I like and has no direct translation.

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  • J’aime bien cette chanson. C’est cool! I like this song. It’s cool!
  • J’aime bien ta voiture mais je préfère la mienne. I like your car but I prefer mine.

Aimer beaucoup qqn is to like or love somebody a lot.

  • J’aime beaucoup Francis Cabrel. C’est un chanteur formidable! I like Francis Cabrel a lot. He’s a great singer!

Vocabulary related to aimer

Aimable is an adjective formed off of aimer and translates to friendly or like able.

  • J’aime bien cette fille. Elle est aimable. I like this girl. She’s friendly.

Amoureux/amoureuse are adjective formed off of aimer and mean to be in love.

  • Oh là là, il est amoureux de deux femmes! Oh, he is in love with two women!

Amour as a noun is related to aimer and means love.

  • C’est une histoire d’amour. It’s love story.

The pronominal verbs s’entr’aimer and s’aimer both me to love each other.

  • Ils s’aiment depuis le lycee. They’ve loved each other since high school.
  • Martin et Marie s’entr’aiment depuis longtemps. Martin and Marie have loved each other for a long time.

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