https://www.duolingo.com/kiwihotaru

"Il doit" vs "Il faut" ?

What is the difference between these words? They both seem to translate as "must", but surely there are different connotations?

June 25, 2012

6 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/mussels

Perhaps a simpler answer: a. If you need to say somebody in particular must do something, use doir (devoir). Je dois, tu dois, il/elle/on doir, nous devons, vous devez, ils/elles doivent. b. If you want to say something must be done in general, but don't care who does it, use faut (falloir): il faut. And it's always il faut -- no other pronouns or special endings.

June 27, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/poubelledelangue

How about "Il te faut" vs "Tu dois"?

August 31, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Ripcurlgirl

"You need to" vs "You have to". The first is stronger and more formal.

August 31, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/PierreRenou

"Il faut" is an impersonal form whereas "il doit" is a personal one. "Il faut" can not be conguated, it will always be like that and "il doit" can became "elle doit" for a girl. I don't know if it is clear sorry but even for a french it is complicated to explain I give you two different translations of "he must works" and "she must works" as an example : 'Il doit travailler" "Il faut qu'il travaille"

"Elle doit travailler" "Il faut qu'elle travaille"

June 25, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/Ripcurlgirl

He has to work - Il doit travaille (devoir form)

She needs to work - Il faut qu'elle travaille (falloir form)

June 10, 2016
Learn French in just 5 minutes a day. For free.