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Difference between retourner, rentrer and rendre

What is the difference between retourner, rentrer and rendre?

September 14, 2016

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https://www.duolingo.com/John_982

RETOURNER
1: To go back (a place where the speaker is not there).
Ma mere adorait Rome. Elle voudrait y retourner l'anee prochaine.
-My mother used to love Rome. She would like to go there the next year.
2: To return something back to someone.
Tout article non retourne sera facture.
-Any missing items will be charged.


REVENIR
1: To come back (a place where the speaker is).
*Ou est Marie ? -Elle est partie. Mais elle a dit qu'elle reviendrait plus tard-.
-Where is Marie? -She left. But she said she will come back (here) later-.


RENTRER
1: To return home (No matter your home is in the same country or abode).
*Francois habite en Espagne depuis 7 ans, mais il renterera en France en septembre.
-Francois lived in spain for seven years but in September he's going to return to France.


RENDRE
1: To return someting back to someone
*Désolé monsieur, je pense que vous avez pris mon bagage. Pouvez-vous me le rendre s'il vous plait?
-Sorry sir, I think you have taken my luggage. Can I take it back please?


Hope it helped
-John

September 15, 2016

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    I think he talked about "se rendre" for instance "Je me rends au gymnase pour courir." "I go to the gym in order to run."

    September 15, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/lhpch

    Yes. Another meaning of se rendre is to surrender, in the military sense.

    September 16, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/rlettuce

    Great response! Your last sentence in French is a little off tought, it should go like this :

    Désolé monsieur, je pense que tu as pris mon bagage. Peux-tu me le rendre s'il te plait?

    Or a more polite version :

    Désolé monsieur, je pense que vous avez pris mon bagage. Pouvez-vous me le rendre s'il vous plait?

    Note that nowdays, both plait and plaît are accepted, but plaît used to be the correct spelling.

    And as @JBEsip pointed out, se rendre and rendre are different verbs. Se rendre can even mean to realize in the common expression se rendre compte.

    September 16, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/lhpch

    to rlettuce: plait would definitely be frowned upon by purists (including me :-)). But se rendre compte, to mean to realize is perfectly kosher. It is réaliser which is considered franglais and frowned upon.

    September 16, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/rlettuce

    Ah j'ai peut-être lu trop rapidement un article qui disait d'éviter réaliser en écrivant mon commentaire hier. Je vais le modifier.

    Je laisse au passage un article un peu humoristique d'une linguiste anticonformiste sur la réforme pour attiser le débat ;) https://ricochet.media/fr/922/je-suis-subjonctif-imparfait

    September 17, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/lhpch

    Merci! excellent article. Mais pas le moindre subjonctif imparfait que j'eusse vu? C'eût été parfait!!! :-)

    September 17, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/John_982

    Thanks riettuce, and I guess i was mistaken in the last one. Great notice I'll be sure to edit it. Thank you :)

    September 16, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/lhpch

    To John-982: Very clear explanations! Great job. Please check these few corrections in the examples you give (in order):

    Ma mère adore Rome. Elle voudrait y retourner l'année prochaine. (If you refer to a specific previous visit, you can say: Ma mère a adoré Rome; Ma mère adorait Rome means she used to love Rome at some point in her past life -- it could work in this sentence with that meaning, but your English sentence is in the present tense)

    François ... , mais il rentrera ... (typo)

    Désolé monsieur, je pense que vous avez pris mon bagage. Puis-je le reprendre s'il vous plaît? (this is a more exact translation of the sentence in English; never use the informal tu when you address someone as Monsieur or Madame -- you only hear it from very young children). I think the sentence you were aiming for is: Pouvez-vous (more polite: pourriez-vous) me le rendre?

    September 16, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/John_982

    Thanks a lot for your notice, sorry for the mistakes. :)

    September 16, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/lhpch

    You are doing great. Making mistakes is how you learn. Feel free to ask questions if you have any.

    September 16, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/RoyRoy53

    retourner = Mettre quelque chose à l'envers , rentrer = aller chez soi , rendre = redonner

    September 14, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/SmartKid33

    Thank you all

    September 15, 2016

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