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Mots / paroles

What is the difference between 'mots' and 'paroles'? When should each be used?

June 12, 2012

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https://www.duolingo.com/milestogo

I'd just like to add that "paroles" (as oschwimer says) can be translated as "words" but usually in a more literary sense. It is frequently used to mean "lyrics," but can also be words of a poem or words that someone said, if you're being a little bit whimsical/humorous or formal or something about it.

June 12, 2012

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I concur with milneyj.

There is also "la parole" = speech in the sense of ability to speak. "Prendre la parole" : "take the floor" (in a meeting).

You may find the word "paroles" used in traditional sentences where english would use "words" : "Ce ne sont que des paroles" : "These are only words".

June 12, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/milneyj

Mots = words, paroles = lyrics. The usage is the same as in English.

June 12, 2012
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