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|Meaning||to fall in love|
|Literally||to fall loving|
|Pronunciation||[to(n) bay ah moo reuh]|
|IPA||[tɔ̃ be a mu rø]|
Usage notes: In French, falling in love is expressed as tomber amoureux – literally, "to fall loving."
tomber en amour
Rather than expressing love as something that you fall into physically, as in English, tomber amoureux describes love as a state of being – or rather, a state of loving.
|Je tombe amoureux de Dominique.||I’m falling in love with Dominique.|
|Elle va tomber amoureuse de toi.||She’s going to fall in love with you.|
|Quand est-ce que tu es tombé amoureux de ta femme ?||When did you fall in love with your wife?|
- Like other adjectives, amoureux has to agree with the word it modifies.
- De is equivalent to "with" here and can be followed by a noun, name, or stressed pronoun.
- As always, tomber requires être as its auxiliary verb in compound tenses.
- tomber éperdument amoureux (de) – to fall hopelessly in love (with)
- tomber follement amoureux (de) – to fall madly in love (with)
- être amoureux (de) – to be in love (with)
- un coup de cœur – love at first sight (object, place)
- un coup de foudre – love at first sight (person)
- Tomber conjugations
- Love language
- Terms of endearment
- Auxiliary verbs
- De – preposition
- Stressed pronouns
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