https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jonkrueger

How do you say "look where you're going, not where you've been" in French?

I tried to translate the above phrase using google translate and was pretty sure the translation didn't make sense. I'm going to give it a try.

Regarde vers tu vas, non vers tu as ete.

obviously not correct now that I look at it.

Regardez vous vers vous vas, non vers vous avez ete.

Also, obviously not correct. I'm missing the concept of "where" not as in "where is it" but rather "where are you going?".

Also, if you would be so kind, please include the "tu" and "vous" forms of the phrase.

Thanks you so vey much.

Jon

July 18, 2017

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Prenom.Pierre

Je dirais volontiers : " Regarde où tu vas et non d'où tu viens." avec les verbes aller et venir au présent de l'indicatif.

July 18, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dominique2222

"Regarde où tu vas et non d'où tu viens"

July 18, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dominique2222

"Regarde où tu vas et pas où tu es déjà allé"

July 18, 2017

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    Regarde où tu vas et non où tu étais/as été.

    Regardez où vous allez et non où vous étiez/avez été.

    July 18, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Xamaranth

    I think it's "pas", not "non". Non means no; pas means not.

    July 18, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Merrowmic

    You are correct.

    July 18, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/relox84

    Also, obviously not correct. I'm missing the concept of "where" not as in "where is it" but rather "where are you going?".

    Don't worry, there is no such difference in French: when expressing location and direction towards somewhere, the "somewhere" is expressed the same way, and only the verb changes (typically être vs aller)

    Note that motion from somewhere is expressed differently, typically with the preposition de and the verb venir.

    Compare these sentences:

    Où es-tu ? - Where are you ?
    Où vas-tu ? - Where are you going ?
    D'où viens-tu ? - Where do you come from ?

    J'y suis. - I am there.
    J'y vais - I am going there.
    J'en viens. - I come from there.
    (y = à + implied noun , en = de + implied noun)

    Je sais où tu es. - I know where you are.
    Je sais où tu vas. - I know where you're going.
    Je sais d'où tu viens. - I know where you come from.

    Je suis à la plage. - I am at the beach.
    Je vais à la plage. - I'm going to the beach.
    Je viens de la plage. - I come from the beach.

    As for your original question, the answer given by JBEsip is perfectly correct.

    July 18, 2017
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