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10:57 Jun 27, 2000
English to French translations [Non-PRO]
English term or phrase: goodbye
when you want to say bye????
nikki
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Summary of answers provided
naAurevoir, salut
Karin Dyson
naAbientotsmee6
naau revoir/salut/adieu/ciao
Béatrice Huret-Morton
naGoodbyeFayçal Falaky
naAU REVOIRabousteau
naBien passéFayçal Falaky


  

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18 mins
Bien passé


Explanation:
Bye is a short term derived from Bygone or gone by. This latter when translated into French would be ça c'est passé. So if you would like to literally translate Goodbye, it would be "ça c'est bien passé", an expression which is actually in use.

Fayçal Falaky
Local time: 09:53
Native speaker of: Native in FrenchFrench, Native in EnglishEnglish
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47 mins
AU REVOIR


Explanation:
Classical and simple. If you want something more colloquial it could be : salut, bye (you can keep it)...
For me "bien passé" can't be used to say bye. It's more to say that something went OK and will be used with the entire expression : ça c'est bien passé !
Hope it helps,

Agnès

abousteau
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52 mins
Goodbye


Explanation:
In response to Agnes, I would like to say that in English, Goodbye literally means "It has been Ok" or "it has been a good time". That's why I opted for the literal translation, the free translation being obvious. And if it's that case you are very right. It would be adieu, au revoir, salut, etc. Thanks, Fayçal

Fayçal Falaky
Local time: 09:53
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53 mins
au revoir/salut/adieu/ciao


Explanation:
Au revoir is what you usually say when you leave or somebody leaves (see you). Salut is more colloqual and may also mean hello. Adieu you sy when you never expect to see the person again. Ciao (pronounced Tchao) is borrowed from the Italian and is also a way to say good bye in French.

Cheers,

Béa

Béatrice Huret-Morton
Local time: 09:53
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14 hrs
Aurevoir, salut


Explanation:
Aurevoir = formal
Salut = informal

Karin Dyson
Local time: 09:53
Native speaker of: Native in FrenchFrench, Native in DutchDutch
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6 days
Abientot


Explanation:
Abientot, pronounce ah-be-in-toe, is a way to say see ya soon. And is generally said as a way to say goodbye.

smee6
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