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    Phrasal verbs: to sail off and to speed on

    I cannot find translations (from English into French) or explanations of the following phrasal verbs, both from The Odyssey by Homer, translated by Robert Fagles:

    1) To sail off

    "Yes, he has sailed off for news of his father" (Book 5, Line 21)

    2) To speed on

    "May Zeus speed him on to a happy end" (Book 2, Line 34)

    I understand that the old lord Aegyptius who is speaking, would like Zeus to accelerate the return of Odysseus and that this return should finally end in a happy way. What other verb could replace "speed him"?

    Thank you,
    Cathyparis


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    Re: Phrasal verbs: to sail off and to speed on

    Welcome to the forums.

    #1 "Yes, he has sailed off for news of his father" >> He has sailed from here for news of his father


    #2 May Zeus speed him on to a happy end
    What other verb could replace "speed him"?


    accelerate him
    precipitate him
    impel him
    bring him quickly

    The last is the best!

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