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Kwiziq community member
30 September 2018
What is the difference between manquer and rater?
If I wanted to use the examples above about a train or a concert, what would the difference be for the two verbs? Can I use both or is one wrong? If not, what is the change in meaning?
This relates to:Manquer (de) + thing = To miss / lack something -
Kwiziq language super star
1 October 2018
The verbs 'manquer' or 'rater' can both be used for 'to miss a concert or a train' , 'rater' being less formal than 'manquer'.
You would use 'rater' only for to fail an exam e.g.
J 'ai raté mon permis de conduire/ mon bac = I failed my driving test/my baccalaurate
or even -
J'ai raté ma vie = I made a real hash of my life
There is another informal way to say to miss in French which you might have heard - 'louper' :
J'ai loupé le premier épisode de cette série = I missed the first episode of this series.
Hope this helps!
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