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Google translation of "you are early today" uses tôt, not "en avance"

CatherineA1Kwiziq community member

Google translation of "you are early today" uses tôt, not "en avance"

Google translates "you are really early" as "tu es vraiment en avance"

But it translates "you are really early today" as "tu es vraiment tôt aujourd'hui"

Thoughts?

Asked 9 months ago
ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

tôt -- early in an absolute sense.
en avance -- ahead of a schedule.

MaartenC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

I find that DeepL is generally a better translator than google. Both make errors though so continue to be wary/question them. 

As Chris notes, there is a difference here, and it requires context to differentiate. I have never yet seen an online translator give the “answer” most commonly heard in France to questions of translation, grammar, culture, politics etc - “Ça dépend”.

Google translation of "you are early today" uses tôt, not "en avance"

Google translates "you are really early" as "tu es vraiment en avance"

But it translates "you are really early today" as "tu es vraiment tôt aujourd'hui"

Thoughts?

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