arrêter/stopper

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arrêter/stopper

Postby Bacon » 2013-05-30, 10:09

Can someone explain the difference?

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Re: arrêter/stopper

Postby Marah » 2013-05-30, 12:21

stopper: stopping physically something: vehicle, bleeding, person, progression, production
arrêter: action, behaviour, a thief, electricity

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Re: arrêter/stopper

Postby Emandir » 2013-05-30, 12:34

Bacon wrote:Can someone explain the difference?
"Stopper" is a 19th C. neologism from English and means rather the same as "arrêter". The only difference is that you can't use it "pronominally" (you don't say, for example, "la voiture *se stoppe".)

Marah wrote:stopper: stopping physically something: vehicle, bleeding, person, progression, production
arrêter: action, behaviour, a thief, electricity
Well, you can use "arrêter" for physical actions, vehicles, bleeding, etc.
In fact, you can always replace "stopper" by "arrêter" but not the other way round, there are some instances in which you can't use "stopper".
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Re: arrêter/stopper

Postby md0 » 2013-05-30, 13:06

/random
You'd think that stopper is a Quebeckism, but word has it that their stop signs say ARRÊT while it's the French ones that say STOP.
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