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A breakdown of à demain

If I have this correct à mean on, in or at.

Demain means tomorrow.

When put together and directly translated into English it is 'on tomorrow'. This reminds me of that old English saying 'on the morrow'; which means 'see you tomorrow'.

Is this right?

July 16, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/HarryArmst3

I think 'à' can be translated as 'until' so: à demain = until tomorrow!

July 16, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/TheunisHall

Oh okay. I made my assumptions from the mouse-over hint-box when I was asked the question. Duolingo gave on, in and at for 'à'. If until is part of the translation of 'à'; then that makes more sense.

July 16, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/MarcD50

Here, 'à' cannot mean 'on', nor 'at'. It means 'to'.

The archaic spelling of 'tomorrow' is 'to-morrow', which meant: 'to (the) morning'.

'Demain' comes from the Latin 'de mane', which means 'at/in the morning'. So 'à demain' means 'to the morning'.

July 16, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/MarcD50

And in case you wonder, 'au revoir' means 'to the re-seeing/to the seeing again'. For fun, we sometimes say: 'à la revoyure', which has the same meaning.

July 16, 2017
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