The Many French Verbs that Mean To Return
The English verb "to return" has seven (7!) French equivalents: retourner, revenir, rentrer, rendre, rembourser, rapporter, and renvoyer. Of course, this leads to confusion on the part of French students, which I am about to clear up forever.
There are many French equivalents because the English verb is very general and can mean different things - to return to a place, to return an item to the store, etc. The French verbs are much more precise, so in order to use the correct one, you need to figure out exactly what you want to say.
Here are the seven French equivalents of "return." Click transitive or intransitive for detailed explanations and examples of those verbs.
|retourner||to go back||rendre||to give something back|
|revenir||to come back||rembourser||to return money|
|rentrer||to come or go home||rapporter||to return s.t. to a store|
|to send s.t. back|
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