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Dec

04

2013

Seeing, socialising, frequenting, attending, visiting, going to…

A verb to remember is fréquenter

This morning, a listener asked us about the verb fréquenter in the following expression:

Les personnes que Philippe fréquente …= The people Philippe socialises with/hangs around with…

Here, fréquenter (a regular, 1st group verb, ending in '-er') means 'to socialise with' or, more colloquially, 'to hang around with'.

In English, we use the verb 'to frequent' when referring to places (a bar Sally frequents, etc). On the other hand, fréquenter is more versatile in French. Considérons quelques autres exemples…

fréquenter un endroit

  • Son enthousiasme vient de l'école qu'elle fréquente.Her enthusiasm comes from the school she goes to/attends.
  • Si l'école était faculative, combien la fréquenteraient?If school were optional, how many would go/attend?
  • De nombreux touristes fréquentent des endroits tels que Les Sables-d’Olonne et Saint-Jean-de-Monts.Many tourists go to/visit places such as Les Sables-d’Olonne and Saint-Jean-de-Monts.

fréquenter une personne

  • Il fréquente une Espagnole qui est divorcée.He is seeing/going out with a Spanish woman who is divorced.
  • Sally et Tom se fréquentent depuis 3 ans.Sally and Tom have been going out/seeing each other for [the last] 3 years.

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