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"I walk...to the gym" ne peut-il pas être "marcher" au lieu d' aller"

John G.A2Kwiziq community member

"I walk...to the gym" ne peut-il pas être "marcher" au lieu d' aller"

Asked 2 years ago
Maarten K.C1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

As the lesson notes, in French there is a distinction between marcher and aller à pied. 

There is the general act of walking for which 'marcher' is appropriate - it may be qualified by how, when, why or even 'where' as in a location for walking (je marche dans la forêt), but is not used for the specific act of 'walk(ing) to somewhere'. 

The specific act of using walking as a mode of transport to get somewhere is « aller à pied ». Your example is about « going to somewhere (by foot/by walking) » and « aller à pied » is the best (precise) translation in this case.

Jim J.C1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Hi John,

What is your question?

It's unclear what it is you need help with?

Jim

Chris W.C1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Just to complement Maarten's answer: aller à pied always needs a destination. You can't just use it for the act of walking by itself.

Raymond F.C1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

You still don't mention any kind of contrast.

Raymond F.C1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

You still don't mention any kind of contrast.

Raymond F.C1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

You still don't mention any kind of contrast.

"I walk...to the gym" ne peut-il pas être "marcher" au lieu d' aller"

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