aimer . . . to like or love

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The word in French for 'to like or love' is aimer


Here is the fully conjugated French verb aimer, with some practise sentences using some of the conjugations of aimer - the verb to like or love in French.

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The infinitive of the French verb aimer means to like or love.


Present Participle of aimer

The present participle of aimer is:aimant - liking or loving

Past Participle of aimer

The past participle of aimer is:
aimé - liked or loved. The past participle is very important as it is used to form the various compound tenses, four of which are used in modern French conversation and writing. Check out the tenses in the tables below and the sample sentences with them.
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The 5 Simple Tenses of the French verb aimer - to like or love


Present Indicative Tense conjugations of aimer
présent de l'indicatif

j'aime
- I like or love
tu aimes
- you like or love - (familiar or informal)
il, elle, on aime
- he, she, it, one loves or likes
nous aimons
- we like or love
vous aimez
- you like or love (formal or plural)
ils, elles aiment
- they like or love

Example sentence of the French verb aimer conjugated in the present indicative tense:

Aimes-tu le chocolat?
Oui, j'aime le chocolat.
Do you like chocolate?
Yes, I like chocolate, or yes, I love chocolate.


Imperfect Indicative Tense conjugations of aimer
présent de l'indicatif

j'aimais
- I loved or liked
tu aimais
- you loved or liked (familiar or informal)
il, elle, on aimait
- he, she, it, one loved or liked
nous aimions
- we loved or liked
vous aimiez
- you loved or liked - (formal or plural)
ils, elles aimaient
- they liked or loved

Example sentence of the French verb aimer conjugated in the imperfect indicative tense:

Elle aimait jouer dans le parc.
She liked playing in the park.


Future Tense conjugations of aimer
futur

j'aimerai
- I will like or love
tu aimeras
- you will like or love (familiar or informal)
il, elle, on aimera
- he, she, it, one will like or love
nous aimerons
- we will like or love
vous aimerez
- you will like or love - (formal or plural)
ils, elles aimeront
- they will like or love

Example sentence of the French verb aimer conjugated in the future tense:

Elle l'aimera toujours.
She will love him forever.


Conditional Tense conjugations of aimer
conditionnel

j'aimerais
- I would like or love
tu aimerais
- you would like or love (familiar or informal)
il, elle, on aimerait
- he, she, it, one would like or love
nous aimerions
- we would like or love
vous aimeriez
- you would like or love (formal or plural)
ils, elles aimeraient
- they would like or love

Example sentence of the French verb aimer conjugated in the conditional tense:

Ils aimeraint aller au cinéma.
They would like to go to the cinema.
They would love to go to the cinema.


Present Subjunctive Tense conjugations of aimer
présent du subjonctif

que j'aime
- that I may like or love
que tu aimes
- that you may like or love(familiar or informal)
qu'il, elle, on aime
- that he, she, it, one may like or love
que nous aimions
- that we may like or love
que vous aimiez
- that you may like or love - (formal or plural)
qu'ils, elles aiment
- that they may like or love

Example sentence of the French verb aimer conjugated in the present subjunctive tense:

Il est possible que tu aimes le film.
It's possible that you will like the film.


The Four Compound Tenses of aimer - the verb to like or love in French


Compound Past or Past Indefinite Tense conjugations of aimer
passé composé

j'ai aimé
- I have liked or loved or I did like or love or
- I liked or loved.
tu as aimé
- you have liked or loved or you did like or love - (familiar or informal) or
- you liked or loved
il, elle, on a aimé
- he, she, it, one has like or love or did like or love
- he, she, it liked or loved
nous avons aimé
- we have liked or loved or we did like or love
- we loved or liked
vous avez aimé
- you have liked or loved or you did like or love (formal or plural) or
- we liked or loved
ils, elles ont aimé
- they have liked or loved or they did like or love
- they liked or loved

Example sentence of the French verb aimer conjugated in the compound past (passé composé) tense:

Vous avez aimé la glace.
You have liked ice-cream, or you loved ice-cream.


Past Perfect Indicative or Pluperfect Tense conjugations of aimer
plus-que-parfait de l'indicatif

j'avais aimé
- I had liked or loved
tu avais aimé
- you had liked or loved - (familiar or informal)
il, elle, on avait aimé
- he, she, it, one had liked or loved
nous avions aimé
- we had liked or loved
vous aviez aimé
- you had liked or loved (formal or plural)
ils, elles avaient aimé
- they had liked or loved

Example sentence of the French verb aimer conjugated in the compound past (passé composé) tense (or pluperfect tense):

Avait-il aimé son livre?
Had he liked his book?


Future Perfect Tense conjugations of aimer. Also known as the Future Anterior tense
futur antérieur

j'aurai aimé
- I will have liked or loved
tu auras aimé
- you will have liked or loved - (familiar or informal)
il, elle, on aura aimé
- he, she, it, one will have liked or loved
nous aurons aimé
- we will have liked or loved
vous aurez aimé
- you will have liked or loved - (formal or plural)
ils, elles auront aimé
- they will have liked or loved

Example sentence of the French verb aimer conjugated in the future perfect tense:

S'il n'a pas aimé l'acteur il aura au moins aimé le film.
Even if he will not have liked the actor, he will at least have liked the film.


Conditional Perfect Tense conjugations of aimer
conditionnel passé

j'aurais aimé
- I would have liked or loved
tu aurais aimé
- you would have liked or loved - (familiar or informal)
il, elle, on aurait aimé
- he, she, it, one would have liked or loved
nous aurions aimé
- we would have liked or loved
vous auriez aimé
- you would have liked or loved - (formal or plural)
ils, elles auraient aimé
- they would have liked or loved

Example French sentence of the verb aimer conjugated in the conditional perfect:

J'aurais aimé que tu vois cet homme.
I would have liked you to see that man.


Imperative Tense of like or love in French - aimer - conjugations
impératif

aime!
aimons!
aimez!

Example sentence of the French verb aimer conjugated in the imperative tense (actually the imperative is called a mood rather than a tense):

Aime-le ou oublie-le!
Like it or forget it!


Present Participle of aimer

aimant - liking
Here is a sample sentence with the present participle of the French verb aimer.
En aimant faire ce travail il a progressé.
In liking this work he has progressed.


There are other tenses in French but these are not really used in conversation. Hence we have not conjugated the French verb aimer in the following tenses. They are useful to be aware of, as you may come across them in older French literature.

Simple Tenses not used much in French conversation these days...

  • The Simple Past (or past definite tense) passé simple. This tense is generally used in formal literature and historic writing. It is used very infrequently être and avoir which should be learned in these tenses. The passé composé is used in its place these days.
  • Imperfect Subjunctive - imparfait du subjonctif. Again this is used in formal writing and old literature and not used in modern writing or conversation. The present subjunctive is used these days.

Compound Tenses not used often in modern French conversation

  • Past Anterior tense - passé antérieur
  • Past Subjunctive tense - passé du subjonctif
  • Past Perfect subjunctive or pluperfect subjunctive - plus-que-parfait du subjonctif
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