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Kwiziq community member

4 November 2017

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When do you "blesser" instead of "faire du mal"

This question relates to:
French lesson "Faire mal à vs faire du mal à = to hurt someone"


Kwiziq community member

4 November 2017


Blesser can be used to connote physical as well as emotional hurt whereas "faire du mal" only works for emtional slights. You have the option, it's your choice. As I understand it, "blesser" stands for more serious injuries, in general. -- Chris (not a native speaker).


Kwiziq language super star

22 June 2018


Hi Stephen,

The verb 'blesser' is just another way of saying to hurt/to harm  in French . Both 'blesser' and 'faire mal'  can both used to describe physical and emotional hurt.

Blesser has the advantage of having a noun - un blessé which would describe an injured person sometimes used with a number or a numerical expression to describe the casualties in an accident.

e.g. Il y a un grand nombre de blessés sur les routes tous les ans .There a large number of casualties on the roads every year.

Se blesser = se faire mal to hurt yourself

Je me suis blessé(e) = je me suis fait mal I hurt myself 

You can 'blesser quelqu'un' or 'faire (du) mal à quelqu'un'= which can be either physical or figurative hurt or harm.

Hope this helps!


Kwiziq community member

21 November 2018


In view of that why was I marked wrong in answering "A chaque fois que tu ___, elle a des bleus sur les bras." with "blesses ta soeur" rather than "fais mal à ta sœur"? Is it because Kwiziq is insisting on the use of the œ character?

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