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Promener vs. marcher

I have seen this recently where French people use promener instead of marcher when talking about walking. Is there reason for this? Is one of the two preferred over the other?

6/13/2016, 4:29:07 PM

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  • se promener (pronominal verb) is about walking when the walk itself is the goal (to relax, to discover slowly the area etc.)
  • marcher (in similar contexts) is just describing the way of moving, of going from point A to point B. The walk itself may be the goal in itself (as for se promener) or, more often, just a mean: you're describing a fact, that the person is moving by putting a foot ahead of the other one, and so on.

promener (non pronominal) is a transitive verb: you're making someone having a walk with you, you're guiding them.

6/13/2016, 4:39:27 PM

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I'd just add a precision : in some contexts, se promener can be in other means than by foot. I can picture someone using se promener in car, in boat or in bicycle, but the activity still is the goal in itself. But of course, 8 times out of 10, it will be by foot.

6/13/2016, 6:26:22 PM

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Merci beaucoup! That makes a lot of sense.

6/13/2016, 4:49:59 PM
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