We are going to show you all the things you need to know about the basic idiom “À un de ces quatre”.
To be clear, this includes a full definition of what it is and how to use it in a dialogue with an audio example. As well as the useful stuff we added like dialogue example, synonyms, slow pronunciation audio and more!
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“À un de ces quatre” is the French way to say “See you later” or “See you around“. It’s useful when you don’t know exactly when you will see the person again. If it’s not the case, other expressions are more appropriate. More on that in the next section…
Every time you are leaving someone, you have to think of when will be the next time you will see this person again. The answer to this question will affect how to say goodbye.
If the next time you will see the person is not defined, you can use:
And here are the ones you can use if you know when you will see the person again:
*The time frames aren’t fixed, but being too far from it might cause some misunderstandings.
This expression is the short version of “Un de ces quatre matins” (One of these four mornings), in the sense of “one of the few mornings to come“. It designates a small quantity and a short duration, but which remains indeterminate, which explains its imprecision and its equivalence with “someday“.
Reminder: most of them are not “full synonyms“. Please check the “How to use” section above for more details.