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How to translate “evidence” from English to French?

I have a very hard time translating the word “evidence” to French, where evidence is used in the context of science, as in Carl Sagan's famous quote: Extraordinary claims require extraordinary ...
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« Braided in cornrows » (coiffure): traduction et variante(s) ?

Voici une phrase en anglais prescrivant les paramètres d'une coiffure composée d'une forme de tresse: Hair may be braided in symmetrical fore and aft rows, cornrows, which must be close to the ...
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How do you say “would you” in French?

I read many translations of "would you" but I still doubt it. I would like to ask someone following question in French : What job would you like to have?
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How to say “I am taking an exam” in French?

In my textbook, the author uses the phrase "passer un examen," which translates to "to take an exam." So if I want to say that I am taking an exam, then should I conjugate "passer" and write : Je ...
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How to say growing up

I'm trying to work out how to say variations on the phrase "growing up" to refer to my childhood. Since this is idiomatic in English I don't think a direct translation will make sense.
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How to use “juste”?

In the lyrics of a song I heard the phrase "Je veux juste une dernière danse," and I was having trouble deciding how best to translate it. It could be either of these two, because I realized I wasn't ...
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Quelle est la différence entre « par nature » et « de nature » ?

Je veux traduire la phrase suivante en français : Being an international school by nature, XYZ does not focus on promoting the multinational culture but instead on making profit. Est-ce que « par ...
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How are clauses which complement the subject with a verb in the -ing form constructed in French?

Would a -ing verb in a sentence in English always be translated by a verb ending in "ant" in French? I've come up with the folowing : Vous, et moi ayant seulement.... (You and me, only having ...
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How do I say “misunderstood” in French?

I want to say When you text someone instead of speaking to them, it is easy to be misunderstood, and you could offend the other person. How would I say this?
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How do you say “He is good at playing” or “I am bad at writing” in French?

I've been looking for translations online, but all of them don't fit what I want to say. I'm having trouble translating something like "He is good at playing the piano" in French, because what I get ...
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How to say “I was being” in French?

How do you say "I was being/having" in French? As in "I was being killed" or "I was being bullied" or "I was having a great time" or "I was having a drink" Is there a certain tense to this? Or do the ...
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Saisissez vs. Cle [closed]

I'm under the impression that the words "saisissez" and "clé" mean the same thing: "key". Is there a meaningful difference between the two words? Do they have any alternate meanings?
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“Life attitude” in French

This is a question that could make you link me to a dictionary, but I'm not sure if using “la vie attitude” is the proper way. I'm looking for a phrase that represents someone's attitude to life as of ...
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Traduction de « sloped backward legs »

Reviewing a translation. This is a description of a dancer's body : With my long, thin legs that sloped backward and my supersize feet, I had the ideal body for ballet. Ma version actuelle : ...
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There isn't any satisfying French translation of the verb 'to groan', or is there?

The most common French translations for the English verb to groan are gémir and geindre, but this implies weak, rather high-pitched sounds. Gronder is one as in le tonnerre gronde with the right ...
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Comment exprimer « cling tightly » (pour une famille) ?

Il s'agit d'une famille qui « cling tightly to one another ». Ils vivent sous le même toit, enfants, ados et adultes, mais ont une vie assez ballottée. Le sens est très clair, mais le français ...
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French equivalent of the English “internet meme”?

In English, an internet meme is an activity, concept, catchphrase or piece of media which spreads, often as mimicry, from person to person via the Internet. Some notable examples being: the Harlem ...
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How to say “I look forward to it”?

I have an email from a supplier letting me know when something is going to be made available. I would like to thank them and say "I look forward to it". How would you say this in French?
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Delicatessen, alias « deli » : comment le traduire en français ?

Le fameux « deli », pour delicatessen, dans le contexte new-yorkais d'un "deli" qui livre des café-bagels aux particuliers habitants le quartier. Si l'on traduit deli par déli, on part du principe ...
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Comment traduire « to read about » en français ?

Comment traduiriez-vous la phrase suivante : We read about Austria in the next chapter. « Nous lisons au sujet de l'Autriche » est particulièrement hideux. Quelles suggestions proposez-vous pour ...
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How to say “cooties” in French?

Cooties (occasionally spelled coodies) is an imaginary disease that little boys say little girls have.
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How to formulate “to see it” in “making my way to Harlem to see it”?

A young black woman living in NYC discovers Harlem and goes there often. "I felt at home, making my way to Harlem to see it." "to see it" gives me pause here. Je m'y sentais chez moi, me rendant à ...
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Translating expressions with “to care” into French

We use "to care" in a variety of ways in English. I struggle to translate some of these expressions into French. Examples: Why does she care? (Significance: Why is she involved when the situation ...
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“He was like” vs “il était genre” similarities and differences

What are the similarities and differences between the Americanism 'He was like...' And the French expression 'Il était genre...'? They both introduce citations.
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Comment traduire « To be on fire » ?

En anglais, dans « He is on fire today » ou dans « He has been on fire since yesterday », l'expression « to be on fire » signifie que la personne est pleine d'énergie, et qu'elle fait des choses ...
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« Pick your battles » : le conseil et le choix de ?

Dernièrement je me suis entendu utiliser une expression que je croyais (sans doute à tort) fort courante et ancienne en langue anglaise, le « pick your battles » (pick one's battles), qu'on entend ...
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Comment traduire « what the fuck » ?

Je ne demande pas ici un éclaicissement du sens de la locution. Je la rencontre, comme tout lecteur d'articles anglophones sur le web, assez souvent, exprimant une interrogation mélée selon le ...
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Comment traduire “milk” [closed]

Bonjour, Ca fait un mois que je cherche la traduction du mot milk en français. Ne me dites surtout pas lait car tout les dictionnaires me traduisent milk en lait mais je crois que c'est faux. Merci
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Comment traduire « upload » ?

J'ai toujours eu de la difficulté avec ce mot. Partout où je cherche, je trouve télécharger, mais j'aimerais pouvoir faire la distinction entre download et upload. Il me semble que télécharger est ...
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Translation of 'how do you pronounce 'x''

I have checked dictionary and thought the correct translation may be this: Comment est-ce que tu prononces 'x' ? If I want to say 'how do you pronounce this word, which is spelt as :ECRIT' What is ...
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What is the French translation of “induced subgraphs”?

I'm a French student studying graph theory and I encountered a translation issue while helping a boy on the math.stackexchange site. A vertex-induced subgraph (sometimes simply called an "induced ...
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Comment traduire « to have been doing something » ?

En anglais, je dirais « I have been reading this book all day » ou « I have been working on it since yesterday. » Comment peut-on le dire en français? Franchement, quand j'essaie de le traduire en ...
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Devons- nous écrire « OK », « O.K. » ou « ok » ?

Ce mot qui nous vient de l'anglais, m’interpelle. Je me demandais comment nous devions l'écrire? Depuis quelques mois, je me pose cette question alors qu'avant je l'écrivais toujours "ok". Après ...
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What is the French equivalent of “OMG”?

I know the French equivalent of "LOL" is "MDR", but what is the equivalent of "OMG"? Not as a surprise expression, but as an expression of frustration online. Is it "OMD" (Oh mon Dieu), or something ...
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Translation of “awards”, “honors”, “achievements”

I'm writing my CV in French. How should I translate the following words and phrases into French? Awards: prize for something Honors: Outstanding Graduate of University ABC (Top 5%), recipient of ...
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How to change “such a thing” to “such things”?

If you want to express the idea of "such things" (plural) in French, do you need to change "une | a" into "de | some", as shown in the following example? { I never wanted to get involved ... } ...
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Comment dire « go take a flying leap » en français ?

Je voudrais dire ceci en français : « They can go take a flying leap. » Je connais « aller se faire foutre », mais je cherche quelque chose plus gentil et moins choquant. Du contexte : « They » sont ...
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Traduction de « Rogue Nation »

Dans le sous-titre d'un film Américain, on a Rogue Nation; le sens en anglais est relié à la différence de statut qu'entraîne, pour une nation en l’occurrence, la non adhésion au cadre normatif ...
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Would have, should have, must have

I was told by a reliable source that "J'aurais dû partir plus tôt" means "I should have left sooner." So how do you say, "I must have left sooner."? Or "I would have left sooner." The question here ...
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“The elephant in the room” in French

In English, we have a phrase 'The elephant in the room'. It refers to a subject matter that is causing tension such as something awkward. (Example situation: Two people have been known to do ...
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« Menaces with spikes of » ?

This is a native aluminum earring. All craftsmanship is of the highest quality. It is studded with bismuth bronze and decorated with water buffalo leather. [This object is adorned with hanging ...
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Traduction de « the instrument is retained with the works » dans une licence d'utilisation

Je tente de traduire la Fair License et je bute sur les mots instrument, works et fair. Pour se mettre dans le contexte, la Fair License est un texte légal (licence d'utilisation) qui permet à ...
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How to say “old days” in French?

Recently, I have found a French relative on the net and I want to tell him: I also have a vague memory of the old days. How can I say the sentence above and specially the "old days" in French ...
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How to translate “Can't stop” to French?

Is it correct to say: Je ne peux pas arrêter de les regarder, tes peintures. Does it convey the meaning of "can't stop looking at your paintings"?
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Comment traduire « a rule of thumb » ?

J'aime beaucoup cette expression anglaise qui désigne une règle le plus souvent vraie, ou facilement applicable (qui n'a pas de thumb ?), à défaut d'être très précise ; mais j'ai bien de la peine à ...
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How would you translate 'placeholder' to French?

I cannot find a good translation for the computer science term placeholder, which could be defined as a symbol that will later be replaced by some other item (for instance, in the text "Bonjour #, ...
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Un équivalent du mot anglais « application » pour une procédure administrative

Je cherche un mot en français courant qui pourrait remplacer « application » en anglais, dans le contexte où il s'agit d'une procédure administrative, impliquant dossiers et paiements…
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A more compact and emphatic way of saying “please” in French?

The normal French translation for please is s'il vous plait. However, this seems like quite a long-winded and formal translation. It doesn't really work too well if you're begging someone to do ...