Défier vs challenger

TammyKwiziq community member

Défier vs challenger

Hi can you please explain the usage difference between the two? A challenge in sports vs intellectual. Someone likes a challenge …. To challenger yourself not necessarily physically. Are these verbs interchangeable as synonyms? Is one more common than the other? 

Asked 10 months ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Tammy,

The noun  'challenge' and the verb 'challenger' are borrowed from English and are not really advisable to use in French.

Take a look at this article for more information -

https://vitrinelinguistique.oqlf.gouv.qc.ca/23536/les-emprunts-a-langlais/emprunts-integraux/les-emprunts-deconseilles-challenger-et-challengeur#:~:text=L'emprunt%20%C3%A0%20l'anglais,verbe%2C%20est%20d%C3%A9conseill%C3%A9%20en%20fran%C3%A7ais.

 

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Défier vs challenger

Hi can you please explain the usage difference between the two? A challenge in sports vs intellectual. Someone likes a challenge …. To challenger yourself not necessarily physically. Are these verbs interchangeable as synonyms? Is one more common than the other? 

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