What is the difference between tenter and essayer

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What is the difference between tenter and essayer

Can it be interchangeable?

Asked 2 years ago
ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

They are similar, but not quite the same. With tenter, there's an element of chance involved, more so than in essayer.

J'essaie les chaussures. -- I'm trying those shoes (on).
Je tente de traverser la rue. -- I'm attempting to cross the road.

Ethymologically, "tenter" is close to the English "tempt" and "attempt". A sign in the Parisian metro says: Ne pas tenter les voleurs -- Do not tempt the thieves.

What is the difference between tenter and essayer

Can it be interchangeable?

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