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Essential French Expression
|Meaning||I’m on my way, I’ll be right there/up/down/out, I’ll be right back|
Usage notes: Literally, j’arrive means "I’m arriving," but in English that needs a qualifier: I’m arriving at 8pm, I’m arriving from Annecy, etc. In French, however, j’arrive can be used on its own to let people know that you’re on your way to meet them.
|Tu es déjà au resto ? J’arrive.||You’re already at the restaurant? I’m on my way.|
|– Salut, on est dans le hall.
|– Hi, we’re in the lobby.
– I’ll be right down.
The odd thing about j’arrive is that you can also say it when you’re actually face-to-face with the person but need to leave temporarily.
|Mince, j’ai oublié le cadeau. J’arrive.||Darn it, I forgot the gift. I’ll be back in a sec.|
|Allez-y, commencez la réunion. J’arrive.||Go ahead, start the meeting. I’ll be right back.|
It’s especially important to know this expression when you eat at restaurants, as it’s likely that at some point when you try to get the waiter’s attention, he’ll say j’arrive ! while zipping past your table.
|Tu arrives ?||Are you on your way?|
|Oui, Odette arrive.||Yes, Odette will be right out.|
|Ne t’inquiète pas, nous arrivons.||Don’t worry, we’re on our way.|
|Est-ce que vous arrivez ?||Are you coming down?|
|Je les ai vus tout à l’heure, ils arrivent.||I just saw them, they’re on their way.|