08:32 Sep 18, 2000
French to English translations [Non-PRO]
French term or phrase: avertir
Je vais avertir le monsieur .
Michel Orgaer

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nawarn, inform, advise, notify, let [the man] know, tell
Nikki Scott-Despaigne
nawarn. inform
Natacha Huot
naI'll warn the gentleman (or the man)
Louise Atfield
Yolanda Broad



5 mins

I shall inform the gentleman, or, more informally, I am going to inform the gentleman

Yolanda Broad
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I'll warn the gentleman (or the man)

Avertir in English is "warn".
For example: "j'avertis l'enfant de ne pas aller jouer dans la rue." "I warn the child not to play in the street."

"Il m'a avertie de ne pas acheter dans ce magasin" "He warned me not to buy from that store."

Hope this helps.

Louise Atfield
PRO pts in pair: 300

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Branka Arrivé
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11 hrs
warn. inform

Avertir in english is to warn. I think you should say either "I will warn the gentleman..." or "I will inform the gentleman...
What is the context? Do you have to warn the gentleman about a danger or something? If you just want to tell him something, I would use inform. But still, both are good.

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Natacha Huot
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warn, inform, advise, notify, let [the man] know, tell

Up to you to decide which works best in context.

I would suggest that "je vais + infintive" be translated as "I am going to + let the man know", or even "I'll tell the man".

The French structure which has been used suggests that it is not too formal, which is why I have preferred to translate "monsieur" as "man" by the way.


Nikki Scott-Despaigne
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