Leave or go?

Pouvez vous m expliquez dans quel cas on utilise to go ou to leave pour dire en français partir?

To go = aller/partir
to go out = sortir
To leave = quitter/partir/laisser

Tout dépend le contexte: il est donc préférable de regarder plusieurs exemples:

Il est parti en ville : He has gone to town (ll y est toujours)
Il est parti il y a une heure : 1. He left an hour ago (il a quitté ce lieu)
2. He went an hour ago (il est allé il y a une heure)
A quelle heure part votre train? : What time does your train leave?
A quelle heure sors-tu ce soir? : What time are you going out tonight?
He il est allé en ville : il has been to town (est de retour) – ‘been’ ici est le participe passé du ‘go’

Quel mot choisissez-vous?

Where are you _______ ?

What time does the bus ________ ?

Where is John? He has ___________ for lunch.

No, I'm not watching TV tonight, I'm __________ with my friends.

The old tenants ________ the house last week.


  1. I have no words to explain to you how I am happy to use your english programme. I have to say sincinrely that is verry interresting cause the english is an international language.I hope that you give some methodes to help more about the english pronounciation.Please,say me what you think about my levelt.


  2. this statements is very simple and easy i thank you very muchto all person who help us to learn english on web site of anglais facile thank you another time

    • Abdel,

      it’s just me at anglais-facile! I do everything myself on my own!! I taught myself web design, I pay for the hosting, I send the newsletters, I write the lessons, everything!!! I’d like to take this opportunity to apologise to everyone who has contacted me but hasn’t received a reply – I also have a ‘real’ job and a family!!!!

  3. it’s really so good,but please can i send you some exercices to correct them for me?
    thanks a lot

  4. I think it has a secret in this language I wanna see it. show me the best way to find it that’s my request.so far I’m here.

    • No, I don’t think there are any secrets to English, the only real difference between English and other languages is that English has more non-native speakers than natives, so making too much fuss about grammar and ‘correctness’ is irrevelant to the majority of speakers – if you can understand it, it’s ok!

  5. That’s rigth! Thanks my Mr Jonathan, enjoy yourself and give our a lot of the exercises to practise in english.

  6. You’re very interesting as teacher. In fact, I’m awared my english launguage is upgrating well.

  7. Sometimes, I am right but sometimes my accent killing me. I always pronounce the word with my french accent so I have to say it again until people get it. Some of them say it the right way and then I repeat it but some don’t. I do my best to take so many quiz test but now I realize I have to do more. People are talking so fast.

    • Yes, pronunciation is difficult to get right, especially if your contact with native speakers is limited. I try to put some videos on the site that have subtitles or a transcript, this is good practice to help you understand, and then if you learn by heart some of the expressions or sentences used, you will improve your pronunciation.

  8. Merci,pour tout ce que vous faite Prof.
    C’est pas que j’ai oublié je ne savais même pas encore l’existance d’un autre participe passé de to go en déhors de gone.
    Encore une fois merci pour le progrès que vous apportez à tout le monde.

  9. please, tell me how the past participle of “to go” could be “been” in steat of “gone”.
    I don’t understand you very well please.

  10. visiblement je n’ai pas bien compris..et .Par exemple, pour les questions 1 et 2 comment fait-on pour ne pas se tromper?

    • I understand your difficulties. Context is important. In the first question, ‘leaving’ cannot be right because, the question is ‘where?’. So I leave one place and go to another.
      In the second, the auxiliary is ‘does’ so it has to be either ‘go’ or ‘leave’. This time, ‘leave’ is better because we are talking about the starting point, not the final destination.
      I could use both in the same sentence:

      I’m going to New York and my plane is leaving at 10 O’clock. (the plane is leaving from somewhere in order to go to NY)

      I’m leaving the city(starting point) now, I’m going to see my friends in the country (final destination)

    • Thank you for …ing
      Thank you for correcting my homework : merci d’avoir corrigé mon devoir
      Thank you for coming : Merci d’être venu
      Thank you for not smoking here : Merci de ne pas fumer ici (un ordre)

  11. thank a lot mr Jonathan for your availibity I stay conneted on your site for my free time to inprouve my langage in englist i am adebutant student bye

    • You’re not a beginner, your English is good! Use a dictionary to check your spelling.

  12. that is a good work ; I know very well these exercises : thank Mr Jonathan ; continue , please .

  13. Excellente idée de partir de phrases exemples pour faire sentir les nuances.
    Keep up the exellent work, Jonathan!

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