À grand pas

GaryC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

À grand pas

"Tandis que le 14 février s'approche à grands pas"

1.  What does "à grands pas" add here that is not covered by "s'approche"

2.  Why is the reflexive verb used?  Would not "approcher" cover the same semantic territory?  It doesn't approach itself.

Thanks

Asked 3 months ago
ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

s'approcher à grand pas -- to approach quickly (lit. in big steps)

Regarding the use of the reflexive s'approcher, you can read more here:

 https://french.kwiziq.com/questions/view/approcher-de-vs-s-approcher-de

 

GaryC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Thanks.  I see now it was a stupid question cause my translation didn't show "quickly".

À grand pas

"Tandis que le 14 février s'approche à grands pas"

1.  What does "à grands pas" add here that is not covered by "s'approche"

2.  Why is the reflexive verb used?  Would not "approcher" cover the same semantic territory?  It doesn't approach itself.

Thanks

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