How to say I almost missed my exam?

WinstonC1Kwiziq community member

How to say I almost missed my exam?

If "J'ai failli rater mon examen" means I almost failed my exam, how would one say I almost missed my exam? Seems like there is some ambiguities in the word rater in this context. Thanks.

Asked 3 years ago
MaartenC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

«J'ai failli manquer mon examen» perhaps?

CélineKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Bonjour Winston,

Maarten has translated the phrase impeccably. 

A few more details on 'rater', it is also a verb that is used as a synonym of 'manquer' (= 'to miss') in a very familiar or an oral context.

I hope this is helpful.

Bonne journée!

ChrisC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Bonjour Celine, in the context of being synonymous with manquer, does je te rate mean you miss me or I miss you?

CélineKwiziq team member

Bonjour Chris,

As mentioned earlier ‘rater’ can be used to replace ‘manquer’ in a very familiar context. I have included some examples to clarify:

‘manquer [qqn/qch]’ / ‘rater [qqn/qch]’ = ‘miss [sb/sth]’

Tu l’as manquée / ratée de peu you’ve just missed her

Tu viens juste de la manquer / rater = You’ve just missed her

J’ai manqué / raté mon train = I missed my train

Le tireur a manqué / raté sa cible = the sniper missed his target

 

Attention: ‘rater’ can’t be used in the context of ‘to miss [sb]’ (= to feel a void). You will use ‘manquer à [qqn]’

Tu me manques = I miss you

Je te manque = you miss me

 

I hope this is helpful.

Bonne journée !

How to say I almost missed my exam?

If "J'ai failli rater mon examen" means I almost failed my exam, how would one say I almost missed my exam? Seems like there is some ambiguities in the word rater in this context. Thanks.

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