Lier vs. Relier


New Member
England, English
Can anybody please tell me the difference between 'lier' and 'relier'. I have been using them in sentences such as "les souvenirs sont reliés à l’Histoire", and "Les souvenirs et la fiction sont inextricablement liés dans les récits de témoignage".
Thank you very much, in advance.
  • tilt

    Senior Member
    French French
    In other contexts, relier and lier may really differ but here, I would say they are synonyms.
    Maybe, relier implies a kind of hierarchy between the elements, that lier don't. With relier, one comes necessarly before the other one.


    Senior Member
    Hello, yes, there is little or no difference in the c ontext suggested, but otherwise, I'd say that 'relier' implies that one establishes or creates a link while 'lier' would mean that the link is inherent. Perhaps...


    Senior Member
    Well, I do see a difference here...
    "Reliés" would be "linked with" (as in "have something to do with), and "liés" "intertwined" (you can't tell which is which)

    La Ricaine

    Senior Member
    USA (American English)
    It's a matter of:

    (Relier) "The memories are related to/associated with History (or "the Story", context unclear)
    (Lier) "The memories (memoires?) & fiction are inextricably tied/connected/linked in testimonial accounts"

    Essentially, same basic definition of connectedness, with different connotations associated.


    Senior Member
    Un pont d'une centaine de mètres relie le village à la rive gauche de la rivière.

    Why not "lie le village" ?
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