Do I always have to use " en silence " instead of " silencieusement " ?

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Do I always have to use " en silence " instead of " silencieusement " ?

Asked 1 year ago
ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

en silence -- in silence
silensieusement -- silently

Je monte les éscaliers en silence -- I go up the stairs in silence.
Je monte les éscaliers silencieusement -- I go silently up the stairs.

There is a slight difference in meaning. The first one means that you are not speaking while going up the stairs, whereas the second sentence means you take care not to make any noise. But if you always had to use "en silence", what use would the word "silencieusement" have? ;)

-- Chris (not a native speaker).

ChiomaA1Kwiziq community member

Merci beaucoup!

Do I always have to use " en silence " instead of " silencieusement " ?

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