Difference Between Sortir and Partir

I just want to know the main difference because they both mean to leave.

December 20, 2016


Sortir and partir do not have the same meaning.

Sortir means getting out of something in this context. A physical object or an abstract object is needed. For example, "je sors de chez moi", or "de la fumée sort de la cheminée", or also "l'accélération est sortie des valeurs limites de sécurité, c'est pourquoi la fusée s'est auto-détruite".

When no object is specified from here, from where the subject is currently should be assumed: "je sors. (d'ici)" or "attention, quand je dévisserai ce bouchon, du liquide va sortir (du réservoir)".

Partir means to leave a place, or an entity, in this context. A destination may be specified. For example, "je pars deux semaines en Espagne cet été", or "Jean a démissionné, il est parti chez un concurrent", or also "Stéphanie est partie ? (de cette réunion)".

In certain cases, this is subtle: Stéphanie est partie ? suggests she left the party, or the meeting, for good while

Stéphanie est sortie ? suggests this is temporary: she will be back in a while

December 20, 2016

This message is word-for-word identical to another forum, with no link or reference in either forum. This brings up the question of plagiarism.

(Aside from that, I don't find it to be a very useful comment. I don't see why anybody would bother to plagiarize it!)

July 1, 2019

merci beaucoup, that helps me understand it better. I'll give you a lingo for the help.

December 20, 2016

Think of "partir" as to part company with someone.

December 23, 2016
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