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Rencontrer vs. Retrouver

It’s been awhile since we’ve had a versus post here! I personally like them, they’re interesting to read and fun to learn, n’est-ce pas? Et vous, vous les préférez?

Today I’ll go over Rencontrer vs. Retrouver. Both mean “to meet”, but they are not interchangeable.

Rencontrer: to meet for the first time; to meet by chance – to run into; to encounter.

These meetings are not planned meetings. Imagine running into someone you know in a professional setting, and seeing them out in public away from that professional environment.

  • J’ai rencontré mon professeur au cinéma.
  • I ran into my professor at the movies.

Another scenario is meeting someone for the first time.

  • J’ai rencontré mon copain à l’école.
  • I met my boyfriend (for the first time) at school.

Retrouver: to meet up with someone; find again – find something that was once lost; find; relocate; to see someone again after a long time.

Unlike rencontrer, retrouver is used when talking about a planned meet up with someone.

  • J’ai retrouvé ma meilleur à la plage.
  • I met up with my best friend at the beach.

This verb also means to find, as in to find an item.

  • Ma mère a retrouvé mon portable.
  • My mother found my cell phone.


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Have a great week, everyone!

Merci à vous!