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How do you choose when to use devoir instead of il faut?

Julie

Kwiziq community member

28 August 2016

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How do you choose when to use devoir instead of il faut?

This relates to:
Conjugate devoir in Le Présent (present tense) -

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

15 September 2016

15/09/16

Bonjour Julie !

That's a very good question!
The fact is that in practice, "devoir" and "il faut" are perfectly interchangeable :)
The only nuance would be that "il faut" being an impersonal structure, you would maybe prefer "devoir" to emphasise WHO "must act".

Il faut courir. (One/You/We must run.)
Il doit courir. (He must run.)

I hope that's helpful!

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