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Translation of “name-dropping”

What is the translation of “name-dropping” in French? I found "lâcher de noms" but it sounds a bit strange to my ears. Are there any more fluent alternatives? name-dropping = The practice of ...
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Is “créneau théâtral” an accurate translation of “theatrical window”?

The theatrical window is described as the period of time between when a film is released in theaters and on physical media (e.g. Blu-Ray, DVD, etc.). It generally takes about 16 weeks. I recently ...
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Why is there a “le” before “requiert” here?

I read this short story and I saw this sentence: La poitrine découverte, Tristan le requiert encore de l'épée et le frappe sur les flancs d'un coup si violent que l'air en retentit. I ...
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Traduction du néologisme anglais “Malaphor”

J'ai récemment découvert le concept de "malaphor", illustré par de nombreux exemples anglophones ici et défini ainsi sur en.Wiktionary.org : (rare neologism) An idiom blend: an error in which two ...
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Neutral translation of “suburb”

In French, the common translation for English suburb seems to be banlieue. Unfortunately, however, this term has quite a lot of (negative) pragmatic baggage at least in France (cf. Wikipedia)†; Is ...
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Afterthought expressions other than “d'ailleurs” to mean “I might add”?

Il n'est malheureusement pas toujours sobre. Quand il ne fait pas faux bond, d'ailleurs. The second sentence is said jocularly and as somewhat of an afterthought to express that: "Most of the ...
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Un mot français pour “to smirk” dans un dialogue vidéo

Existe-il un verbe en un seul mot pour dire to smirk en français ? Parce que la plupart des traducteurs me sortent des trucs long pas possible comme : sourire d'un air satisfait (source) Mais c'...
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The use of “à peine” in “à peine louche”

Very minor question: I'm used to "à peine" translating as "barely, hardly, only just". At least to my ears, those translations all have the connotation that not only is something "small", it's "even ...
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Dans quel contexte le mot dame est-il utilisé ?

J'aurais tendance à traduire lady et woman par femme, en partant du principe qu'en France toutes les femmes sont des ladies (peut-être l'origine du 'glamour' ?), les femelles sont animales, les dames ...
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In French mathematics, what is the difference between fermé vs clos?

In French mathematics, what is the difference between saying "l'ensemble est fermé" and "l'ensemble est clos"?
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Peut on dire «replacement or resoldering of resistors» «remplacement ou ressoudant des resistances »

Comme le titre l'indique, peut-on traduire cette phrase : replacement or resoldering of resistors par remplacement ou ressoudant des résistances ?
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Qu'est-ce que c'est ce qu'est-ce que c'est d'hangar à grain ?

Je suis actuellement en train de traduire la web-série Le cycle des Balls, composée de trois séries différentes, J'ai jamais su dire non, La théorie des Balls et Le secret des Balls. (Je traduis en ...
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What does “ce que” mean in this sentence?

I've been reading posts about "avant que", and "après que". I came across this paragraph while reading: le subjonctif contient une part d'incertitude, ce que ne contient pas l'indicatif. Il faut ...
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Comment traduire « conference paper » ?

Comment traduire « conference paper » ? C'est un certain type de publication scientifique. Avec Google, j'ai seulement trouvé « rapport de conférence », mais je pense que ce n'est pas une traduction ...
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How to translate “Auto-Tune”?

Auto-Tune is an audio processor created by Antares Audio Technologies which uses a proprietary device to measure and alter pitch in vocal and instrumental music recording and performances. How would ...
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What does “in fiocchi” mean in a French text?

So I was attempting to read Les Liaisons dangereuses by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos. And I came across this passage in the first paragraph: J’ai pourtant vu plus de parures dans cette seule ...
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Traduction du terme informatique “agentless” en français

Bonjour, je traduis actuellement des pages webs d'une société de sauvegarde informatique et il est écrit à un moment: Your RPO: 10 minutes Agentless backups every 10 minutes. Powerful ...
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What's the French word for “What” if it's the subject in an interrogative sentence? Like in “What did that to you?” That isn't “qu'est ce qui”

In French, is there a word for "What" like in "What did that to you"? In the sentence "What's happening?" "What" is often translated as "qu'est qui" and qu'est-il" why is this? And does this apply to ...
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How would you say “No matter how much I try” in French?

I've been having trouble translating "No matter how much I try" in French. I can't give any examples because of how confused I am at using "avoir beau de" and "quel que". Where would you put the "...
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Dois-je ou non traduire “eigenray” en “rayon propre” ?

Dans un document scientifique, j'utilise le terme anglais eigenray, qui est un terme technique connu, mais qui n'a pas d'équivalent en français, ou en tout cas non trouvé dans la maigre documentation ...
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Traduction de « 23-year-old self »

Quelqu'un pourrait-il me traduire correctement ou fournir un équivalent en français des expressions anglaises « 23-year-old self » et « younger-self » ? Comment la phrase suivante devrait-elle être ...
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Équivalent français de « bad trip »

Un article du monde utilise la traduction littéral « mauvais voyage », qui paraît inappropriée. Google translate propose plutôt « mauvais délire » qui me semble plus fidèle à l'esprit original de l'...
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Using “encore” with “ne .. rien”

You haven't told me anything. would be translated as Tu ne m'as rien dit. So would You haven't told me anything yet. be translated as Tu ne m'as rien dit encore. ? Can "encore" be ...
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Comment inclure des publications ou diplômes obtenus sur un cv français?

Je suis en train d'écrire un cv en français. Je ne sais pas comment je fais pour inclure des publications ou diplômes obtenus qui sont officiellement en anglais: Texte officiel en anglais - non: je ...
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Mon expérience professionnel me permet de bien comprendre des processus métiers [closed]

Is it correct to say Mon expérience professionnel me permet de bien comprendre des processus métiers et des besoins fonctionnels du monde d'entreprise Any way I can improve the sentence ? ...
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Evolve in technical side as well as business side [closed]

How would we translate To evolve in both technical side as well as business side and perhaps its variations To evolve in both technical competence and business knowledge To gain ...
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Scholarship after competing with 1000 candidates around the world

How do we translate "Awarded scholarship XYZ after competing with 1000 candidates around the world" Would it be Lauréat de la bourse XYZ attribuée après sélection de 1000 candidats au ...
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What are the nuances in meaning between different terms to refer to “immigrant” in French?

In my French classes this semester we have been discussing l'étranger in France and a lot of terms have come up that all seem to refer to immigrants in one way or another. Can you please help me to ...
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Comment diriez-vous en anglais cette phrase de Proust ? [closed]

Bonjour, A priori, j'aimerais connaître la traduction anglaise officielle de cette phrase...mais j'imagine que ce serait une demande beaucoup trop surréaliste :) Je me contente donc de vos propres ...
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J'ai regardé des vidéos d'« instant karma fails » ?

Certains vidéos qu'on trouve sur un site d'hébergement bien connu sont identifiés sous le vocable « instant karma fails » [((instant karma) fails) ; mot à mot échecs de karma instantané mais avec ...
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Quelle est la traduction la plus courante de “so”, quand il est adverbe d'intensité ?

Je traduis so comme si depuis plusieurs années, et je m'inquiète parce que je ne vois jamais le mot si utilisé de cette manière, ou du moins très rarement. Est-ce que le mot tellement est la ...
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Wouldn't you need the subjunctive in “How could we expect an international language to exist..”?

When I asked this French person to translate "How could we expect an international language to exist" he translated it as "Comment attendons-nous d'une langue internationale pour être" But ...
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Comment traduit-on « lap » : cuisses ou genoux ?

Est-ce qu'on dit placez l'enfant sur vos cuisses ou placez l'enfant sur vos genoux pour traduire « place the child across your lap » ?
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As a student – When he was a student

Is there a way to say in French something like: As a student, I used to go out every night. I know the long translation: Quand j'étais étudiant, je sortais tous les soirs. Quand j'étudiais,...
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How to accurately translate the word “hectic”?

I can't seem to find a proper 1-word French translation of "hectic" in the sense of 'with disjointed feverish agitation'. Context: talking about a very agitated period of someone's life, possibly a ...
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Un titre « clickbait » : l'emploi en adjectif ?

En langue anglaise clickbait peut être employé comme tel en tant qu'adjectif (a clickbait article; Dictionary.com, OOD) etc. On peut donc facilement imaginer, pour un titre (d'une article etc.) par ...
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Is there a non-literal meaning to “L'arbre est plus grand que la fleur” [closed]

I am starting with the most basic of French and this is one of the exercise questions in my book. "L'arbre est plus grand que la fleur" A direct translation on Google tells me that "The shaft is ...
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How is the emotional concept of “home” expressed in French?

I know that it is generally expressed as chez moi or chez whomever, but what I'm not sure about is whether this has any connotation. In English, home is a completely common and casual word, but at ...
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Can “faire ça/cela” be used as a stand-in for any action?

In English, one possible use of the verb to do is in combination with the pronouns it/this/that to form a stand-in for a more explicit action when the action is already known to the audience, like so: ...
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How do you say “nail” (as in “get something right”) in French?

"Nail" is defined, according to Urban Dictionary, as "to complete a task successfully or get something right". Since it's a slang word, most translation dictionaries such as Word Reference, Larousse, ...
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Expressing “There's no such thing as …” emphatically

All I've found are things such as "(Sujet), ça n'existe pas" or "Il n'y a pas de...", but I find that too simple to convey the whole meaning of the English expression. As a non-native English speaker ...
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How to give a clothes measurement in French?

In order to narrow down the focus of the question, I'll mention the standard sizes whose French translation is required. They are as follows: Small Medium Large Extra Large Now, I know that small=...
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Proper conjugation in writing commands (to oneself)?

I sometimes write to-do list items in French, and often find it hard to decide how to conjugate items. E.g: Go to bed at 10 pm ->... se coucher a 10h? me coucher a 10h? coucher a 10h?
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Is this the correct way to use “jusqu'à” ?

Here is what I have written: On doit étudier toutes les matières jusqu'à partir de la troisième. Ensuite, on peut choisir entre les sciences économiques et la technologie, mais c'est obligatoire d'...
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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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Is it the right way to say “It is new and air-conditioned?”

So, I came across the word "climatise," which means air conditioned in English. The subject of my sentence is feminine (la cantine) and I think that the sentence should be written in the following ...
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What is written in this old handwritten French text?

I found this old mary / pieta print and it had this old French text on the back. I'm wondering what it means and since the handwriting is challenging to transcribe it'd be great to get feedback on it. ...
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Why does “Rancunes et partis” translate into “And enmity and spouses” to English in Vive Henri Quatre?

I've been listening to some renaissance music and I stumbled upon the so called first french national anthem, and while listening I heard a few lyrics that confused me so I looked them up. But one ...
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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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Comment dire “Enterprise File Synchronization and Sharing” (EFSS) en français ?

EFSS (Enterprise File Synchronization and Sharing) est le domaine des logiciels permettant aux employés de synchroniser, partager and collaborer sur des documents/photos/vidéos/fichiers avec leur ...