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I spotted this Pages Jaunes ad in Montréal, which reads:

Rosemont compte 18 déménageurs. Et beaucoup trop d’escaliers pour s’en passer. There are 18 moving companies in Rosemont. And far too many staircases to be able to do without (the movers).

Un déménageur is a mover.

Rosemont is a neighbourhood in Montréal.

As for les escaliers, if you’ve visited Montréal, then you know there are lots of them here and that they’re very much part of the city’s look.

Screenshot of Google results showing outdoor staircases in Montréal

Screenshot of Google results showing outdoor staircases in Montréal

What does the expression se passer de mean? It means to do without, to go without. S’en passer then is to do without it/them, etc.

Je ne suis plus capable de me passer de mes verres de contact.
I can’t do without my contact lenses anymore.

Ça fait deux jours que je dois m’en passer.
I’ve had to go without (it, them) for two days.

Remember that passer is pronounced with â, as if it were written pâsser. You can hear the conjugated form passe pronounced here when Korine Côté says y’a une ambulance qui passe, there’s an ambulance going by.

Back to the ad, it’s saying that there are so many staircases in Rosemont that you’ll want to take advantage of the movers located there.

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Screenshot of Google results showing outdoor staircases in Montréal

Screenshot of Google results showing outdoor staircases in Montréal

All those outdoor staircases in front of older buildings in Montréal aren’t just an interesting architectural feature. There’s actually a reason behind them: staircases take up space.

To maximise the living area inside a building, staircases were installed outside instead, in the small green space in front of the building.

Another reason was to keep heating costs down. If the staircase had been built inside, that’s more space requiring heat in the winter.

And here you thought Montrealers were just nutjobs for installing their staircases outside in a city of snow and ice.

On your next visit to Montréal, you can check out staircases in the neighbourhood called le Plateau-Mont-Royal, for example.

un escalier extérieur
an outdoor staircase

L’escalier est à l’extérieur.
The staircase is outside.

Keep reading: Here’s an interesting article from the Métro newspaper about the city’s staircases. They’ve included them in a list of Montréal’s most iconic features.

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