Can we only use the verb recouvrir when some thing is already covered but not completely? Or can we use it to tell a person to cover a thing two times, too? ( Note that we told this to the person before he started covering the object. )

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You can use recouvrir to mean:

  • Cover something for the first time, here the prefix re- is an intensifier.
    Le vésuve a recouvert Pompeï de cendres volcaniques.

  • Cover something already covered, the prefix re- means 'again', for example recouvrir un livre: you put an extra cover one on top of the original one to protect it.
    On demande aux élèves de recouvrir les livres que l'école leur prête au début de l'année.

  • +1 Also, to avoid ambiguity in a conversation about covering something twice, you might have to say "couvrir encore une fois" or "re-couvrir" with an emphasis on "re". Jun 13, 2023 at 12:41
  • Thank you so much ☕, so when re is used as an intensifier it means to completely cover some thing, right ? Jun 13, 2023 at 13:08
  • It does indeed unless you say recouvre partiellement.
    – jlliagre
    Jun 13, 2023 at 14:06

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