23:18 Aug 6, 2018
French to English translations [Non-PRO]
Art/Literary - General / Conversation / Greetings / Letters
French term or phrase: passer
Hello, everyone,

Currently, I translate it as "you will never be able to "do" without him.

Tu vas l'aimer à en crever et tu ne pourras plus jamais t'en passer.
Je serai ton inconnu.
Je suis ton inconnu
Raj Sethi
Local time: 14:20

Summary of answers provided
5 +5do / manage / live without [him/it, etc.]
Tony M

Discussion entries: 25



5 hrs   confidence: Answerer confidence 5/5 peer agreement (net): +5
s'en passer
do / manage / live without [him/it, etc.]

As david has already said as his second suggestion — this is a standard, basic FR colloquial expression, and has these very close standard equivalents in EN.

"You're going to love him to death and you're never going to be able to live without him"

I don't think it's too strong to say 'live without', especially since we have 'die' just before it. In a slightly different form, it maintains the balance of the 'en crever / en passer' structure in FR.

Tony M
Local time: 10:50
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Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  writeaway: confirmed by any Fr-En dictionary.
1 hr
  -> Thanks, W/A!

agree  Jennifer White: yes, of course.
2 hrs
  -> Thanks, Jennifer!

agree  Kevin Oheix
3 hrs
  -> Merci, Kevin !

agree  Elisabeth Gootjes
4 hrs
  -> Thanks, E. Gootjes!

agree  Daryo: although I have a nagging suspicion that the "il" (or maybe even "elle"?) dans "... l'aimer à en crever et .. plus jamais t'en passer" is in fact an "it" - probably some gift.
16 hrs
  -> Merci, Daryo ! I have my doubts, as 'il' seems to be contrasted with the speaker, who is a mere 'inconnu' (also M, suggesting 'tu' might be F) If it's a hostess trolley or yoghurt maker, I'll eat my hat :-))
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