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"rentrerons à la maison"

EmilyA2Kwiziq community member

"rentrerons à la maison"

Why can't we say retournerons chez nous? 

Asked 1 year ago
MaartenC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

There are several ways to say ‘return or go back’ in French and they have specific usage and meaning. They are therefore not interchangeable - all very confusing initially for non-native speakers. Only ‘rentrer’ fits here - as they are going back to the place they are staying at.

The attached link will help with understanding and developing a feel for the verbs rentrer, revenir and retourner, in particular 

https://www.frenchtoday.com/blog/french-verb-conjugation/to-return/

 

 

 

ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Retourner is almost a faux ami in English as it means something different than what its similarity with the English "to return" implies. Think of it as "going back to a place for a brief time without staying there".
Je retourne chez mois pour récoupérer mon manteau. -- I'm going back home to pick up my coat.

Use rentrer if you're talking about coming back and staying someplace:´
Tu rentres quand? -- When will you be back?

Revenir is "coming back", i.e., returning after an absence.
Il revient bientôt.
-- He'll be back shortly.

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Why can't we say retournerons chez nous? 

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