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What's the difference between "tous les jours" and "chaque jour"? Do they both mean every day?

Olivia

Kwiziq community member

30 January 2016

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What's the difference between "tous les jours" and "chaque jour"? Do they both mean every day?

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Expressing habits or repeated actions in L'Imparfait (imperfect tense) -

Laura

Kwiziq language super star

30 January 2016

30/01/16

Bonjour Olivia,

Tous les jours means "every day," and chaque jour means "each day." So the meanings are very similar, but not quite the same, just as in English.

Nigel

Kwiziq community member

25 January 2018

25/01/18

Bonjour Laura,

your explanation fits with what I thought I knew, but the lisais and etudias examples above use the two different French forms "tous les" and "chaque" applying to the same English form "every".
Is that just a bit of looseness in the examples, or are their more nuances of which we should be aware?

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

25 January 2018

25/01/18

Bonjour Nigel !

I understand your point. The fact is "chaque" and "tous les" are completely interchangeable in French when it comes to express the notion of "every". However, to be absolutely precise, "chaque" is indeed the grammatical equivalent of "each", and "tous les" of "every".
I've now updated the examples to reflect this in a more specific way :)

I hope that's helpful!
À bientôt !

Nigel

Kwiziq community member

25 January 2018

25/01/18

Aurelie,
merci!!

That's very helpful.

Bien cordialement.

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