Posted by: lyonenglishnetwork | March 10, 2012

Speeding up and slowing down

Just an anecdote.

I have a complaint.

Often, as an Englishman in France, I stop at zebra crossings to let passers-by cross the road. What annoys me however is that when you do that, they seem to slow down. You know, they just wander across the road at leisurely pace without a care in the world. Maybe it’s the sun ?

And another thing. When you indicate to move over on the motorway, they speed up to not let you in.



slow down = ralentir
speed up = accélérer
move over = se pousser / déplacer

Les verbes ci-dessous sont des verbes à particules (phrasal verbs).


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