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What are the differences between être essoufflé, être hors d'haleine, and être à bout de souffle ?

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Well... in short :

essoufflé : (you can hardly breathe) < hors d'haleine (you cannot breathe) < à bout de souffle... hmmm... it sounds like... the... end! ;)

Hey wait! It only sounds like...

Because...

Next step is à son dernier souffle. That is... actually... the end! ;)

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