usage of "pire and pis"

yellamaraju

Kwiziq community member

29 January 2016

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usage of "pire and pis"

Ses relations avec elle vont de mal en pis / Ça va de pire en pire. When to use pire and pis both mean "worse".

This relates to:
Better and better, worse and worse = de mieux en mieux, de pire en pire (comparisons) -

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

29 January 2016

29/01/16

Bonjour Yellamaraju !

The word "pis" is the old version of "pire", and as such it is used much less in speech and written French nowadays.
You will usually encounter "pis" in fixed expressions, such as "de mal en pis" (you would never say "de mal en pire") or "tant pis" (i.e. too bad).
The rest of the time, you use "pire" to express "worse"

I hope that's helpful !
A bientôt !

yellamaraju

Kwiziq community member

29 January 2016

29/01/16

Bonjour Aurélie, Thank you very much. It is quite clear.

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