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I'm wondering whether there is a nuance difference between "faire un tour de" and "faire le tour de". I saw examples for both. E.g. faire le tour du monde, faire un tour d'Europe. Are they interchangeable?

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They are the same only for geographical entities, because the construction also have other interpretation and those can be different for some cases.

  • Faire un tour de can also mean "have a ride on" (a vehicle, a carousel, a rollercoaster...).
  • Faire le tour de has the literal meaning "make one's way in circle around".

As such faire un tour de carousel and faire le tour du carousel mean different thing: the former means riding on it, the later walking around it.

Additionally, you may note in that example a slight different in syntax, in that "faire le tour de" usually requires a definite complements, whereas faire un tour de doesn't.

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