"Tout le monde se servait d’une même langue et des mêmes mots." FR

"Now the whole world had one language and a common speech." EN

What is the meaning of the verb 'senvir' in the first sentence? Why not use parlait or avait?

  • "Se servir de quelquechose" = "use something" in this case
    – Laurent S.
    Commented Oct 17, 2020 at 13:15

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Se servir means to use, so the French sentence translates to:

Now the whole world was using the same language and the same words.

Using parler would have required to change the end of the sentence as while parler un langage is fine, parler des mots is odd.

Using avoir could have work:

Tout le monde avait la même langue et les mêmes mots


This is not the verb “sentir” (To feel, to smell) but “servir” (to serve, to use)

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