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If "j'aime" (I love, it's great) is too unconditional and "j'aime bien" (I like, it's OK) is too deniable, there's also "j'aime fort bien" (I like it a lot, it's good).


Sorry for the ridiculously long “answer,” but this is a subject that has long perplexed me as an Anglophone and with much help from my French wife I think that I’ve finally hit upon a theory that makes some sense to me and I’d “love” to have your opinion!: First, regardless of the context, “j’aime” is, as you and most others here suggest, always stronger ...


When talking about things, I think you can safely consider J'aime bien as the default for everyday conversations, J'aime being stronger and slightly more formal/solemn. You can use J'aime for absolute truths or things you would consider inappropriate to only moderately like J'aime mon pays / ma ville J'aime la vie J'aime les femmes / les ...


When referring to things, it's just a matter of degree and j'aime bien is actually stronger than j'aime. Roughly: j'aime cette chanson = I like this song j'aime bien cette chanson = I really like this song j'adore cette chanson = I love this song When referring to people instead, je t'aime is the strongest, and there is a difference in quality similar to ...


"J'aime" alone, is stronger than "J'aime bien". For exemple, with a people : "Je l'aime" means you're in love, "Je l'aime bien", it's a friend. Correct me if i'm wrong, but i don't think.

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