1. EngBabycakes Member

    English
    Hello,

    I am having trouble translating 'à fond' in the following sentence:

    Les 2 policiers arrivèrent à fond, dérapant sur les pentes d'herbes.
    The sentence appears in a detective story.

    The 2 police officers arrived deeply doesn't seem to fit...

    Thank you in advance
     
  2. mylaine Senior Member

    running much? Very fast
     
  3. Itisi

    Itisi Senior Member

    Paris/Hastings UK
    English UK/French
    at top speed
     
  4. SwissPete

    SwissPete Senior Member

    94044 USA
    Français (CH), AE (California)
    At full speed.
     
  5. EngBabycakes Member

    English
    Thank you for your answers.

    That makes sense given the context. Could it be translated as:

    The police officers arrived in a haste.

    ???

    Thanks again.
     
  6. Itisi

    Itisi Senior Member

    Paris/Hastings UK
    English UK/French
    It sounds as if they are driving fast, and I don't think 'in haste' gives that idea.
     
  7. SwissPete

    SwissPete Senior Member

    94044 USA
    Français (CH), AE (California)
    Are they (les policiers) walking / running, or driving?
     
  8. EngBabycakes Member

    English
    No idea, that is the beginning of the sentence.
     
  9. EngBabycakes Member

    English
    What about 'in a flash' ??
     
  10. Itisi

    Itisi Senior Member

    Paris/Hastings UK
    English UK/French
    Please read on and tell us, the suspense is unbearable:D !
     
  11. EngBabycakes Member

    English
    The text mentions headlights so driving...
     
  12. Itisi

    Itisi Senior Member

    Paris/Hastings UK
    English UK/French
    The driver has his/her foot pressed right down, 'à fond', on the pedal.
     
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