way / away

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  1. Red Arrow

    Red Arrow Senior Member

    Dutch - Belgium
    In Standard Dutch, "way" and "away" are both simply weg.

    In my mother's Belgian dialect, way is weg, away is eweg. (first e sounds like a schwa, just like the English a)

    Is there a connection between these two words in other languages?
  2. bibax Senior Member

    Czech (Prague)
    German (no surprise):
    der Weg = way;
    weg = away;
  3. TheCrociato91 Senior Member

    Brescia, Italy
    Italian - Northern Italy
    - way = via (but it's not the only translation; there are actually quite a few depending on the context; see here);
    - away = via (main translation but there could be a couple more options depending on the context; may vary especially when it appears in phrasal verbs; see here).
  4. Sardokan1.0

    Sardokan1.0 Senior Member

    Sardu / Italianu
    In Italian there is a single word for both.

    Via = way, road, street
    Via = away

    Andare via = to go away
  5. Dymn

    Dymn Senior Member

    I'd even say it's a weird question to just ask how to say "away" in Catalan because we don't have such a word and it depends on context.
    • not at home, like on a trip or out of town - fora ("out, outside")
    • in another direction - no adverb possible, just various options
      • "go away!" - ves-te'n! (form of anar-se'n, anar = "to go"), fora!
      • "to take away" (as in "to remove") - llevar, treure
      • "to take away" (e.g. food) - emportar-se, endur-se (portar, dur = "to carry, bring")
      • "to send away" (e.g. a customer for misbehaviour) - fer fora ("to do out"), despatxar
      • "to run away" - fugir, córrer lluny ("to run far")
    So in short there are no simple translations. But if you want to know some metaphorical usages of via and its derivatives:

    fer via - "to hurry up"
    aviar - "to send off", like to get rid of someone's presence in an abrupt and impertinent manner
    aviat - "soon" (in Majorca "quickly")

    So I'd say
    via in Catalan takes a connotation of hastiness rather than "towards afar" as in Germanic languages.
  6. Red Arrow

    Red Arrow Senior Member

    Dutch - Belgium
    Same in French. "away" is not a separate word.

    In Swedish there is:
    way = väg
    away = iväg
  7. Sardokan1.0

    Sardokan1.0 Senior Member

    Sardu / Italianu
    The same situation of Catalan is present also in Sardinian, we don't have a translation for "way" or "away".

    1. "go away!" - northern Sardinian : baedícche (literally in Latin "vade tibi hicce" = go yourself from here) - southern Sardinian : baidíndi (literally "vade tibi inde" = go yourself from here)
    2. "get out of the way! - essidícche! or essidínde! (literally "exi tibi hicce" or "exi tibi inde" - exit yourself from here)
    3. "to take away" (as in "to remove") - bogare (from Latin "vocare" - to call, to distract, to attract)
    4. "to take away" (e.g. food) - levare or leare (from Latin "levare" - to take); jùghere = to bring with yourself (from Latin "ducere" - to lead, or from "Jungere" - to join)
    5. "to send away" (e.g. a customer for misbehaviour) - dispacciare / jagarare (verb derived from "jàgaru" - hunting dog)
    6. "to run away" - ("to run far") - si che fuire (literally "sibi hicce fugire" - to run away himself from here)
    7. "to go away" - si ch'andare
    8. "to go away in a hurry" - si l'avviare
    Examples :
    1) go away! go out! -> baedícche a fora!
    2) get out of the way! -> essidícche /essidínde dae mesu!
    3) remove your car from my door! -> bògande sa macchina dae sa janna!

    4) I take away the dish with me -> mi che levo/leo/jutto su piattu cun megus.
    5) I've sent them away -> che los happo dispacciados / jagarados
    6) the prisoners ran away from prison -> sos presoneris si che sun fuidos dae presone
    7) I went away -> mi che so andadu
    8) I went away in a hurry -> mi l'happo avviada in presse

    A cognate of the Latin / Italian "Via" is present in Sardinian as "Bia", but the meaning is slightly different. Bia literally means way, street, road, but it's almost never used, it's replaced by "Carrela or Carrera" (street, road); instead it's used in composite expressions :
    1. essere in bia = to be on the way
    2. pònere in bia = to put in disorder

    Examples :

    1. so in bia pro recuìre an domo = I'm on the way to return home
    2. sos pitzinnos nos han postu sa domo in bia = the children have put (to us) the house in disorder
    Last edited: Jan 11, 2019
  8. apmoy70

    apmoy70 Senior Member


    Way: «Οδός» [ɔˈðɔ.s] (fem.) < Classical fem. «ὁδός» hŏdós
    Eg. «Ἐγώ εἰμι ἡ ὁδὸς καὶ ἡ ἀλήθεια καὶ ἡ ζωή» - "I am the way, the truth and the life" (John 14:6 NKJV)

    Away: «Μακριά» [ma.kriˈa] (adv.) & learned «μακρά» [maˈkra] (adv.) < Byz. Gr. adv. «μακρέα» makréa («μακριά» with synizesis) which is the adverbialization of the neut. nom. pl. «μακρά» măkrắ of the adj. «μακρός, -ά, -όν» măkrós (masc.), măkrā́ (fem.), măkrón (neut.) --> long, great, high, deep, tall, far, lengthy (PIE *meh₂ḱ- long, thin, tall cf Lat. macer, Proto-Germanic *magraz > Ger./Dt./Nor/D./Swe. mager, Eng. meager).

    So, no connection between the two.
  9. Perseas Senior Member

    In both English and German, "way" means among others "manner", "direction", "route".
    way - Wörterbuch Englisch-Deutsch - WordReference.com

    In Greek "οδός" figuratively also means "manner" or "method":
    For example in this phrase: διά της διπλωματικής οδού (by diplomatic means).
  10. Frank78

    Frank78 Senior Member

    But the vowel length differs, "der Weg" has a long e and "weg" a short one.
  11. bibax Senior Member

    Czech (Prague)
    Last edited: Jan 12, 2019
  12. eno2

    eno2 Senior Member

    El Hierro de Canarias
    Isn't Μακριά = far away?


    away = fuera! (can be said to a cat, dog, person: 'leave!')

    [to be away (from home) estar fuera ⧫ estar ausente
    she’s away today hoy está fuera
    he’s away for a week está fuera una semana

    The way = el camino
    Last edited: Jan 12, 2019
  13. Armas Senior Member

    No connection in Finnish:

    way = tie
    away = pois, related to poiketa "to diverge" and poikki "(something elongated) cut/broken" and "across"
  14. ThomasK Senior Member

    (near) Kortrijk, Belgium
    Belgium, Dutch
    How about "fuori"? Is that only "outside"?

    Of course in a lot of languages there are no prefixes or particles (…), as in English (go away), Dutch/ German (weggaan/ -gehen). French has lexical words: go in, entrer; go out, sortir, etc. I think in the latter languages it is impossible to point out the semantic resemblance (out, away for example), although in Latin-based words you still notice the remainders: ex-port, im-port, etc. But that is no longer productive, I think.
    Last edited: Jan 20, 2019
  15. TheCrociato91 Senior Member

    Brescia, Italy
    Italian - Northern Italy
    I'd say it's mostly "out" or "outside". It could be possibly interpreted as meaning "away" if you say it as an exclamation: "fuori!" (literally: "out!" but also implying: "leave!").
  16. ThomasK Senior Member

    (near) Kortrijk, Belgium
    Belgium, Dutch
    But you cannot combine it with a verb really, or can you? Not something like *gettare fuori, except literally perhaps (I find mainly buttare and gettare via)...
  17. Sardokan1.0

    Sardokan1.0 Senior Member

    Sardu / Italianu
    Yes you can combine it. Also as synonymous of "away".

    Marco è via per lavoro = Marco è fuori per lavoro
  18. AndrasBP

    AndrasBP Senior Member

    Budapest, Hungary
    In Hungarian, "way" and "away" are not related:

    út = way, road
    el- (verbal prefix) = away

    megy = go
    elmegy = go away
    fut = run
    elfut = run away
  19. ThomasK Senior Member

    (near) Kortrijk, Belgium
    Belgium, Dutch
    Thanks. But of course "é/ essere" is not a verb of action; I wonder whether you could do that with a verb of action...
  20. TheCrociato91 Senior Member

    Brescia, Italy
    Italian - Northern Italy
    You can indeed combine "fuori" with verbs of action. "Buttare fuori" (where the meaning of "buttare" is similar to that of "gettare") means "to kick out" or "send off" (as in football / soccer), for example.

    Edit: or were you asking whether or not you can combine "via" with verbs of action? Either way, you can.
  21. Ífaradà Member

    In Norwegian:

    way = veg/vei
    away = borte

    In Yoruba:

    way = ọ̀nà
    away = kúrò
  22. nimak

    nimak Member


    There is no connection between the two. Also, the word "way" has several meanings in Macedonian.

    way = пат [pat], meaning: road, path
    way = насока [nasoka] or правец [pravec], meaning: direction, heading
    way = начин [način], meaning: manner, method
    away = далеку [daleku]; подалеку [podaleku]

    I think it is similar in all Slavic languages, like in:


    way = путь [put'], meaning: road, path
    way = способ [sposob], meaning: manner, method
    away = далеко [daleko]; подальше [podal'she]
  23. ThomasK Senior Member

    (near) Kortrijk, Belgium
    Belgium, Dutch
    I'd like to hear a little bit more about the precise structure of далеку/ далеко (and of подальше)… Is that an adverb, or an adverb based on a noun? Google T tells me that they mean 'far' and 'far away', but is Google T right. It does seem plausible: "away!" implies indeed: "Get far from me!"

    I have my doubts about the use of the German Weg in this sense. I am not a native speaker, but I cannot see Weg being used as "method"... In German "Art und Weise" could be used, I believe, not "Weg". It is still less the case in Dutch: "way" is more like "road" in the most general sense, not "manner"... Way of life: levensstijl (style), manier (wijze?) van leven, …

    Is that a West Flemish dialect, Red Arrow?
    Last edited: Feb 11, 2019
  24. Red Arrow

    Red Arrow Senior Member

    Dutch - Belgium
    No, Brabantian. (Lubbeek)
  25. ThomasK Senior Member

    (near) Kortrijk, Belgium
    Belgium, Dutch
    I see… I know something like "(kwaad)geweg" (in an angry way), but that might be something different than what you are referrring to. '-geweg" must be something like "wise", not "away"...
    Last edited: Feb 12, 2019
  26. Red Arrow

    Red Arrow Senior Member

    Dutch - Belgium
    For instance:
    Ik zen eweg. = "I am away." = I am leaving.
    Oep de weg. = On the way.
  27. ThomasK Senior Member

    (near) Kortrijk, Belgium
    Belgium, Dutch
    Really? I know the second use of weg, but not the first...
  28. bibax Senior Member

    Czech (Prague)
    Russian adv. далеко /daleko/ means far (away), a long (a)way from (like in Czech: adv. daleko < adj. далёкий, daleký = distant, far(away), remote);

    away in the sense "Hände weg von ...!", "Hands off ...!":
    Руки прочь /proč/ от ...!
    Ruce pryč od ...!
    Last edited: Feb 13, 2019
  29. nimak

    nimak Member

    @ThomasK @bibax

    Hi! Well, I only know some basic Russian, and I forgot about прочь [proč]. In Macedonian there is no such a word.

    From what I know in Russian adverbs далеко [daleko] and подальше [podal'še] mean: far; away; far away, long away...


    English: Stay away from me!
    Russian: Держись от меня подальше! [Deržis' ot menja podal'še!]
    Macedonian: Држи се подалеку од мене! [Drži se podaleku od mene!]
    or Стој подалеку од мене! [Stoj podaleku od mene!]

    English: It is far away.
    Russian: Это далеко. [Eto daleko.]
    Macedonian: Далеку е. [Daleku e.]
    or Тоа е далеку. [Toa e daleku.]

    I would let people who know Russian to explain it better.

    Talking about way and away I recalled another example in Macedonian.
    There are two words noun страна [strana] (literal meaning: side) and adverb настрана [nastrana] (meaning: aside, away, not close to...) which can be used in this meaning:

    English: You are going the wrong way!
    Macedonian: Одите во погрешна страна! [Odite vo pogrešna strana!] or more common: Одите во погрешен правец! [Odite vo pogrešen pravec!]

    English: Stay away from me!
    Macedonian: Стој настрана од мене! [Stoj nastrana od mene!]
  30. ThomasK Senior Member

    (near) Kortrijk, Belgium
    Belgium, Dutch
    /(na)strana/ seems like an interesting addition to this list indeed!
  31. Perseas Senior Member

    "Weg" is not as common in this sense as in English (you're right), but it's used sometimes. I'm referring to this:

    4.⟨etw. auf legalem Wege, Weg tun⟩ etw. auf legale Art und Weise, durch legales Vorgehen tun
    auf gesetzlichem Wege vorgehen
    einen diplomatischen Zwischenfall auf friedlichem Wege beilegen.
    DWDS – Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache
  32. ThomasK Senior Member

    (near) Kortrijk, Belgium
    Belgium, Dutch
    You're right: I had not thought of that. Personally I could consider that a figurative use of "Weg", though indeed it is some kind of method, procedure...
  33. διαφορετικός

    διαφορετικός Senior Member

    Swiss German - Switzerland
    In many Swiss German dialects, there is a similar relationship between the two words:
    "Wäg" = way
    "ewägg" or "wägg" = away

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