I was taught "faire une visite" and it was in textbooks. What happened to this expression?

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Frank

Kwiziq community member

21 February 2018

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I was taught "faire une visite" and it was in textbooks. What happened to this expression?

This relates to:
Visiter vs rendre visite à = To visit a place vs a person -

Chris

Kwiziq community member

21 February 2018

21/02/18

There are several ways in French to express that you visited someone.

Marie rend visite à sa copine. -- Marie pays a visit to her friend.
Marie vas voir sa copine. -- Marie goes to see her friend.

Personally, I am not sure about "faire une visite". I guess it is OK but I don't know for sure. Aurélie would have to chime in on that.

-- Chris.

Chris

Kwiziq community member

21 February 2018

21/02/18

Correction of a typo: "Marie va voir..." (not vas voir).

Sorry about that.....

-- Chris.

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

21 August 2018

21/08/18

Hi Frank,

'Faire une visite' is mostly used for touristy visits of attractions or monuments.

Nous avons fait une visite guidée du Louvre We had a conducted tour of the Louvre Museum

You can use 'faire une visite à quelqu'un' for to visit someone, but you are more likely to use 'rendre visite à quelqu'un' or simply 'aller voir quelqu'un'.

You might say, "J'ai  fait une petite visite à ma soeur en passant.", meaning, "I dropped in to my sister's while I was passing."

Hope this helps!

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