1. Forum
  2. >
  3. Topic: French
  4. >
  5. "At the hotel, he will be abl…

"At the hotel, he will be able to go online."

Translation:À l'hôtel, il pourra se connecter à Internet.

April 25, 2020



"À l'hôtel, il pourra aller en ligne." also accepted.


Surprising. You are not likely to be understood saying it that way. "Aller en ligne" is not an idiom in French. We could say "aller sur le net", "surfer sur le web", "se connecter à internet" for instance.


France had computers long before they had Internet access. There must have been a term in use for equipment that was online or for putting something online. It probably made no sense to speak of a person going online, and made no sense in English either.

In the US, we had a service called America Online, giving the impression that people could be online. It was before there was general access to the Internet or any Internet providers for the general public, so people going online became a thing.


À l'hôtel, il pourra se connecter. Accepted :)

Learn French in just 5 minutes a day. For free.