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"Mais peut-être vais-je dans la mauvaise direction ?"

January 1, 2013



"But maybe I am going the wrong way?"

who every goes "in the wrong way" when speaking english?

it's always: you're going the wrong way, never you're going in the wrong way...


More often than not, I hear you're going in the wrong direction rather than you're going in the wrong way. I would assume that direction in this sentence translates quite literally.


direction always translates literally. Every word in the english language ending in 'ion' is the same, just with different pronunciation. There are three exceptions - "translation" "Explanation" and "Vacation" which are "traduction" "explication" and "les vacones" respectively


my question never had to do with the translation of "direction." (although i would say "way" when speaking normally, "you go this way, and if you see this landmark, then you've gone the wrong way. but then turn the other way and you'll be going the right way... etc" compare with "you go in this direction, and if you see this landmark, then you've gone in the wrong direction. but then turn towards the other direction and you'll be going in the right direction.")

it had to do with the fact that duolingo required "in" before the word "way." "in" is required with direction "you're going in the wrong direction" although "you're going the wrong direction" also works. but when "way" is used, "in" is awkward: "you're going in the wrong way" vs. "you're going the wrong way."

that's all i was saying: that if one translates "direction" as "way" which is completely acceptable and used more than direction in this sense, then the "in" become superfluous...

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