For a web interface uploading photos, I need a button with phrase: finish up when all images are done uploading. The current term being used is terminer, but this feels like the operation will be cancelled, rather than finishing up, agreed? Would the term finir be better?

This is the process:

  • Select images
  • Images are being uploaded
  • Preview of uploaded images
  • User needs to save all previous actions by clicking a button finish up.
  • What are those pictures used for? For example, if they are to be published, one (if not the best) way is to use “Mettre en ligne”. Oct 6, 2018 at 17:45
  • Btw, assuming this kind of request is on-topic, you should probably have a try at User Experience instead. Oct 6, 2018 at 17:51
  • @StéphaneGimenez The question is regarding the usage of the wording "finir" vs "terminer" in French, I don't see how the UX forum could help with that.
    – bart
    Oct 6, 2018 at 22:02
  • Fine if you're really into learning French. If you want to get your application running though I still think the UX forum might give you better advice. Oct 6, 2018 at 22:35

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Whatever term you use, as you perceive it, there is the possibility of ambiguous interpretation (to abort something, to put an end to it before it is finished, therefore to cancel);

terminer: Faire cesser quelque chose; mettre un terme, mettre fin à quelque chose. Synon. clore, finir.

There is however a verb that answers specifically to your requirement, although it might not be congenial to you (it doesn't appear on screens as far as I know); it is the verb "achever".


It is unclear what is saved when the user click on "finish up", when does the button appear, and what other choices are available.

In any case, what can be done is to use two buttons, one labelled Annuler, Quitter or Abandonner which would cancel whatever is expected to be completed, and display a pop-up window asking for confirmation if clicked, and a second button labelled Suivant or Continuer that would display a different screen when completed.


"J'ai terminé mon examen" means you complete it. Like You start from the start and end by the end.

"J'ai finis mon examen" means you end the examen but you don't have clue if you complete it or not, maybe you write nothing on your exam. Like you just end by the end.

So in your case I will feel more confortable with a terminer. Means that the job will be done even if I click on the button.

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