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

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


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

That would be "he walks in the distance".


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

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


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


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


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


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

il s'en va à pied


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


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

you are right Peter, i agree


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AdrianoSua1

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


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

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