https://www.duolingo.com/nicholas_ashley

how do you translate 'he walks away'

are the best translations for 'he walks away' the following:

il s’éloigne
il s'en va

or are there better translations

March 19, 2018

12 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/MADOUF

"il marche au loin" i think. Well, it's this form word per word

March 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/peterviuz

That would be "he walks in the distance".

March 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/siciIy

...i thought au loin could be translated as "away" or "far away" as well

March 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/peterviuz

Far away (= in the distance) I saw a house = Au loin j'ai vu une maison. Is it far away? (=far from here) = Est-ce que c'est loin? "Away" after verbs of movement, as in the original post.

March 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/ngraner42

Try Reverso. You will see that it means many different things in English that translate differently in French. Some possibilities: He abandons; he leaves; he escapes or the plain putting one foot in front of the other in a direction away from something.

March 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/peterviuz

"Il part" is possible too. Il s'éloigne is a bit more literary. None have the specific meaning of "walk" of course, as opposed to driving away, but it is probably not necessary unless really essential in the context.

March 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Dominique2222

il s'en va à pied

March 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/nicholas_ashley

thanks

March 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/peterviuz

Sure, but as I said, it isn't usually used if we understand from the context that he was on foot. It will sound unnatural if you do.

March 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Dominique2222

you are right Peter, i agree

March 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/AdrianoSua1

Yes! just go to a new tab and put Google Translate and it'll pop up trust me.

March 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Dominique2222

Google Translate: Il s'éloigne > he moves away Il s'en va > he goes away Il s'éloigne à pied > he walks away il s'en va à pied > he goes off on foot

March 20, 2018
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