Blesser

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stephen

Kwiziq community member

4 November 2017

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Blesser

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"

Chris

Kwiziq community member

4 November 2017

4/11/17

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).

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

22 June 2018

22/06/18

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!

David

Kwiziq community member

21 November 2018

21/11/18

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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