How to Say Stop in French

There are a few ways to say "stop" in French, depending on what you mean.

Steps

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    Learn the verb for "to stop". It is arrêter (ah-reh-tay). It is conjugated as follows:
    • j'arrête - I stop
    • tu arrêtes - you (singular familiar) stop
    • il arrête - he stops
    • nous arrêtons - we stop
    • vous arrêtez - you (plural and/or unfamiliar) stop
    • ils arrêtent - they stop.
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    If you want to know the word for stop on a stop sign, it is:
    • Arrête
    • Stop (sometimes anglicized in both Europe and Quebec).
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    To ask some to stop doing something, try the following:
    • "Ne faites pas ça" or "arrête ça" – literally, "don't do that", or stop that!
    • Ça suffit ! – that's enough!
    • Arrête ! (Note that if writing it, the punctuation point involves a gap, which is French punctuation.)
    • "Stop!" - said with a French intonation.
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    If talking about calling a stop to something, then use the word "halte".
    • For example: "It is time to call a stop to this conversation. " and "il est temps de dire halte à cette conversation ".
    • "Halte" also describes a stopping place.
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    If you want to say stop when interrupting, use the word "interrompre".
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    For asking someone to stop adding more, such as when saying "enough", use the word "assez" or "suffisamment".
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    If you're wanting to stop a thief by saying "Stop thief", there is a special term in French. It is "Au voleur !".

Tips

  • Practice the words in various sentences to understand how to use them in different contexts.
  • To ask someone to "stop talking", say "taisez-vous".
  • For a transport service that travels "non-stop", use the word "direct".

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Categories: French