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Word order with “prochaine”: before or after noun rules?

Why is it that when I want to say “The next week”, it's: La semaine prochaine But when I want to say “The next meeting”, it's: La prochaine réunion Is there a specific set of rules for the ...
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Existe-t-il un équivalent français de « OP » ?

Le terme anglais Original Poster et son abréviation OP très couramment utilisée dans les forums en anglais ont-ils un équivalent en français ? Parce que dire à chaque fois celui qui a démarré le fil, ...
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How do you tackle 'adjective overload' when translating to French?

In English, you can happily pile on adjectives before a noun (e.g. the big fat ugly green alien), in French, not so much. On top of that, in French some adjectives go before and others afterwards (I ...
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Differences in meaning depending on placement of “pauvre?”

A literal translation of "pauvre" is poor. This could have at least two meanings 1) not rich, and 2) unfortunate. I was told (and forget which is which) that if you place pauvre before the noun, it ...
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“ma jolie femme” vs “ma femme jolie”

I may be mistaken, but I think mon ancien professeur means my former teacher, as opposed to mon professeur ancien which means my elderly teacher. Is this correct? And what if anything is the ...
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Savant versus grognard

Inspiré par cette réponse, je me demandais pourquoi puis-je dire un savant Allemand mais pas un grognard Français* ? Sachant que un grognard de Français et un Français grognard sonnent mieux, la ...
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Using more than one adjectives: “belle brosse à dents neuve”?

In the following sentence J'ai une belle brosse de (not sure whether «pour» could be used here) dents neuve, mais je n'ai plus de dentrifice. Is my ordering of adjectives okay? Could you refer ...
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Quand doit-on placer les adjectifs de taille devant des noms ? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Quand peut-on mettre un adjectif avant ou après un nom? J'ai lu qu'on peut se reporter à l'acronyme « BAGS » lorsqu'on tente de placer un adjectif. Si l'adjectif ...
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The difference between “un petit garçon” and “un garçon petit” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Quand peut-on mettre un adjectif avant ou après un nom? I was wondering what is the difference between “un petit garçon” and “un garçon petit”. un = one petit = ...
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Comment se rappeler des sens divers de certains adjectifs ?

D'après http://french.about.com/od/grammar/a/adjectives_fickle.htm, Generally speaking, when the adjective precedes the noun, it has a figurative or subjective meaning, whereas the adjective ...
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How do I know where to position adjectives? [duplicate]

Some french adjectives come after the noun that modify (e.g. le chat noir), and some come before the adjective (e.g. le petit chat). How does one determine where to place adjectives in French?