rédiger / écrire

Discussion in 'French-English Vocabulary / Vocabulaire Français-Anglais' started by jdcopp, Aug 7, 2007.

  1. jdcopp Junior Member

    Boston, Ma
    Could someone explain to me the difference between rediger and ecrire.

    Thank you in advance.
  2. chriskang Senior Member

    "écrire" is just taking a pen and drawing letters on a sheet of paper.
    "rédiger" is taking care of what you write in order to create a meaningful text.
    The difference is really tight. In English both are translated by "to write" afaik.

    Un enfant de 6 ans apprend à écrire.
    Un enfant de 12 ans (au collège) apprend à rédiger des textes.
  3. Missrapunzel

    Missrapunzel Senior Member

    French (France)
    Chriskang is right.
    Also, rédiger implies that the text is a bit longer than if you used "écrire".
  4. tilt

    tilt Senior Member

    Nord-Isère, France
    French French
    I don't really agree with that.
    The difference is definitely more about quality than quantity.
  5. aylana Senior Member

    rédiger peut être synonyme d'écrire mais parfois cela sert à préciser que l'on fait des phrases complètes. Un très bon exercice quand vous apprenez une langue c'est de prendre une notice technique et d'essayer de la rédiger.
    exemple, la notice dira :
    poids : 2 kg
    autonomie : 3h
    taille : 1.5m
    la version rédigée dira : il pèse 2 kilos et a une autonomie de 3 heures. il mesure 1.5m etc...
  6. snarkhunter

    snarkhunter Senior Member

    France, Région parisienne
    French - France
    ... I would see the difference more as kind of a "holistic vs reductionist" one!

    To me, "écrire" is more related to the physical action of writing, and "rédiger", to the content itself.

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