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What's the meaning of the first part of: 他爱怎么想就怎么想,我才不在乎呢

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Is "我爱辣" (Wǒ ài là) a correct/understandable/idiomatic way of saying I like my food spicy?

suggest that 爱 can be used for things and abstractions, but that it may not be idiomatic.

Would it be common, sometimes, or never for pets? Other animals? Hobbies? etc.

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  • No limitations - go wild.
    – Mou某
    Apr 11, 2017 at 16:17

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this is my first answer on this website.

他爱怎么想就怎么想,我才不在乎呢 = whatever he thinks/would like to think, I don't care. In this sentence, 爱 is generally can be understanded as "would like". I prefer to say 我爱吃辣(I love eating spicy food) insted of 我爱辣 If you just only say 我爱辣, people may get confused when they hear this.

爱 can be used for things/hobbies etc, but a verb often followed by 爱。Examples: I love sports = 我爱运动。 I love playing basketball =我爱打篮球。 I love playing games = 我爱玩游戏。

Sometimes, you can use 爱 for pets and animals. However, I prefer to say 喜欢. Examples: 我喜欢动物。我喜欢小狗。 我喜欢小猫。

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  • That is helpful. 谢谢
    – 伟思礼
    Apr 12, 2017 at 2:34
  • Do others agree with my assessment that 爱 followed by an activity, or hobby, is not as strong as 爱 used for people? That is to say, there is a bigger difference between: 我爱你 and 我喜欢你 than there is between 我爱打篮球 and 我喜欢打篮球?
    – Buddy L
    Aug 9, 2022 at 17:53

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