Chercher / Être à la recherche de


Senior Member

I was wondering if someone could explain me the difference between 'chercher' and 'être à la recherche de'. When should I use the first or the second option? Or doesn't it make any difference?

Context could be:

1. Êtes-vous à la recherche d'un babysitter ? / Cherchez-vous un baby-sitter ?
2. Êtes-vous à la recherche d'un restaurant japonais ? / Cherchez-vous un restaurant japonais ?

Merci d'avance ! :)
  • mehoul

    Senior Member
    To me there is no difference.

    edit : there is no difference in the examples you provided, but if you want to say that you are looking for something you had lost, it's better to use "chercher". For example : "je cherche mes clés". I think one would not say "je suis à la recherche de mes clés".
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