kiffer grave – French expression

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to have a serious crush on – Mot du jour

One of my students asked me how to say ‘to have a crush on’. There are many ways of saying this in everyday French. One that I hear a lot these days, is ‘kiffer grave’. It means ‘to really like/love someone or something’, and ‘to have a serious crush on’.  KIFFER is a regular -ER verb. It’s conjugated like AIMER is.

  • « Elle le kiffe grave. Ça fait 2 ans qu’ils sortent ensemble. »
  •  “She has a serious crush on him. They’ve been going out together for 2 years.”
Tenses and Modes

présent : elle le kiffe grave

imparfait : elle le kiffait grave

futur : elle le kiffera grave

Other ways of saying ‘to have a crush on’ are: être amoureux/euse de, kiffer/grave, être fou/folle de, être épris/e de, en pincer pour, être toqué/e de, s’être entiché/e de, être transi, avoir le béguin pour (old), craquer pour, flasher pour/sur, avoir fait une touche avec, avoir pécho.

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