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i know "d'abord" means "first" as in "firstly" and "tout d'abord" means "first of all." i also know "aborder" can mean "to approach" and to "begin something".
1) from looking at the dictionary, it appears that u don't just use it to say "i'm going to start cleaning now." there seems to b the connotation that u're beginning something difficult. there's even the example of "aborder une probleme."
2) i like the usage that u're starting a new phase, a new chapter, a new career or biz.
3) i see it used when u reach the shore. i would use "gagner" but i will add "aborder"
4) these seem to b important if they are regularly used as i would think:
des d'abord - from the beginning
toi d'abord - u first
aux abords de - in the vicinity of, on the outskirts of
de prime abord or au premier abord - at first glance
1) yes. But it's not the first word used to this meaning. It's not used for a physical action. it's not wrong but it's not used. "commencer" is more used : "commencer à nettoyer".
it's used for concept, "aborder un problème", "aborder le sujet", "aborder la question". It doesn't depend on difficulty.
3) gagner le rivage = i am on the sea and i go to the shore.
aborder le rivage = i am just at the beginning of the shore. I can put a foot on the beach.
des d'abord => wrong. Just "d'abord"
toi d'abord - u first => ok - often used
aux abords de - in the vicinity of, on the outskirts of => ok. used "aux abords de l'école, il y a des arbres"
de prime abord or au premier abord - at first glance => ok. used. "de prime abord" : formal. "au premier abord" : less formal.
i found this sentence in the dictionary:
"je quittais une partie de moi-même, comme si j'abordais une vie nouvelle"
so i'm thinking when u begin a new career, job, phase in ur life, maybe u use "aborder." i also know "entamer."