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Monday, March 4, 2013

se promener

to go for a walk

Je me suis promené à travers la ville.
I took a walk through the city.

As you can see, se promener is a reflexive verb. In a way, it is as if to say you are walking yourself. You also can use promener as a non-reflexive verb to express the act of walking something else — your dog, for instance. You could say: Je promène le chien. (I’m walking the dog.)

To express the action of walking when there is no object, use the verb marcher (to walk).
For example: Il a marché toute la journée. (He walked all day.)

Our word is inspired by activities we can do à pied (on foot).

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