Verbs & Conjugation
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French Grammar Explained
I like it!
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When learning to speak about your likes and dislikes in French, don't simply translate
with "to like".
I'll tell you why.
is the laziest verb of all, but that's a good thing. You don't have to think about conjugation. It hardly ever changes!
That's funny, I have a French friend who once said "The trousers like me" and I didn't know how to respond...
Hahaha! Well, take a look...
à lui, à elle
à eux, à elles
Oh! Now I understand what Pierre meant.
And... if the thing you (or someone else) likes is plural, use
I like this scarf.
I like these shoes.
Nice! The blue words are referring to the person who likes something, right?
Exactly. But sometimes it is better to not think about grammar and to just memorize phrases instead. It's much more useful that way!
I like it.
Ça me plaît.
You like it.
Ça te plaît.
He/she/it likes it.
Ça lui plaît.
For grammar-thirsty people
The reason why the verb
is different is because the subjects of this verb aren't people, as with most verbs, but instead inanimate objects that are doing something to someone. Very strange!
Hence the conjugation laziness. The subject is either one thing (singular conjugation →
) or several things (plural conjugation →
It's equivalent to saying "The pizza pleases me" or "The pizza is pleasing to me":
Je plais à la pizza
La pizza me plaît.
"S'il vous plaît" !
Even the most resolved monolingual person knowns this French expression, but does actually anyone know what it literally means?
You guessed it right, it means
If it pleases you
If you like!
Also notice the
that makes this phrase formal and polite.
In informal situations, use its counterpart
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