Possible homonym?

PaulC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Possible homonym?

“... le succès n’est pas près de se démentir” . Instead of près I put prêt in the last sentence. Just wondering if that was a possible option. That is, instead of “the success is not near to be denied” my alternate would be “the success is not ready to be denied” ? Or does that make no sense? 

Asked 1 year ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Paul,

The expressions -

être prêt à faire quelque chose = to be ready/to be willing to do something

and

être près de faire quelque chose = être sur le point de faire qq choseto be about to do something 

 

They mean two different things.

I found an interesting page with lots of examples which you might find helpful :

http://plume-et-gribouilles.blogspot.com/2017/08/etre-pret-de-ou-etre-pres-de-faire.html

Bonne Continuation!

 

TomC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Hi Paul,

Modern usage dictates the form prêt à faire [qch] although in the past prêt de had some currency.

See this note from the Académie: http://www.academie-francaise.fr/pret-pres-de

Tom

Possible homonym?

“... le succès n’est pas près de se démentir” . Instead of près I put prêt in the last sentence. Just wondering if that was a possible option. That is, instead of “the success is not near to be denied” my alternate would be “the success is not ready to be denied” ? Or does that make no sense? 

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