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difference between partir and laisser

Your sentences are really confusing me as to the way these two infinitives are used : either it to go, or to leave, or they are interchangeable. Can anyone suggest a precise usage for these two infinitives? Thank you.

October 29, 2012

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https://www.duolingo.com/pumori

great question... i have wondered the same. found this link which was helpful: http://french.about.com/cs/vocabulary/a/toleave.htm

October 29, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/Perdre

dear pumori, I wish to thank you for your reference to french.about.com illustrating the different usages of laisser and partir.

October 29, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/elka

More simply, I think the difference is that PARTIR means TO LEAVE in the sense of to DEPART or GO, whereas LAISSER means something more like to LET GO, or LET GO OF or even LEAVE BEHIND. eg I leave my coat - JE LAISSE MON MANTEAU

October 31, 2012

https://www.duolingo.com/Perdre

elka, thank you for the insights! and for taking the time to respond. Pedre

October 31, 2012
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