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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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How does one say “We suck” in French?

I saw a French subtitle translate it as "on craint" but when I look in the dictionary I don't see any meanings in this context although the dictionary could be behind in updating...is that correct? ...
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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 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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« 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 correctly say “my friend” in French to express a friendship relation? — Comment limiter la portée de « mon ami(e) » à une relation d'amitié ?

My French teacher always say that “mon amie” or “mon ami” expresses an amorous relationship, like “girlfriend” and “boyfriend”. So, what would be the current way to say things like (for example): I ...
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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 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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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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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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What are the French “language buffer” words (aka “filler words”)?

I was curious as to how to translate some "filler words" that often appear in English speech but might not translate literally into French. For example, I might often say, "I guess," when talking ...
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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 ...
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How do you construct sentences like “I can't go without/with you having eaten breakfast” or “I can't eat with/without you here” [duplicate]

I have been having the most immense confusion on how to translate sentences like "I can't go without you having eaten breakfast" or "I can't go with you having acted like that" I feel like I've asked ...
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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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Traduction française de “internet friend”? / French translation of “internet friend”?

In English we refer to people who we only talk to online, and whom we don't know in real life, as internet friends. I've tried brutishly translating this as ami d'internet or copine d'internet but the ...
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How do you say “What is the dragon holding” in french

I have tried most of the on-line translators but I don't think they give the right answer. Many Thanks
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Is “variété” used to refer to music?

I was watching this video while practicing my listening comprehension, and was struck by the fact that the girl refers to music as variété and this is widely understood to refer to music by everyone ...
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“I want to spend the rest of my life with you” in French ?

I want to spend the rest of my life with you ... I am looking for a translation but not necessary a word by word. I mean is : Je veux terminer le restant de mes jours avec toi fits here??
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In French how do you something like “Thank you for cooking” or “I love you for being great” and sentences like that? [duplicate]

I've been wondering how to say something like "I love you for being great" or "Thank you for eating with me" in French. What tense/mood do you use to conjugate the verbs in? I'll be using 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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Ways to express “what's happening”, “what happened”, or “what will happen” in French

I've been having trouble looking for ways to say "what happened", "what's happening", and "what will happen" in French. I feel it's "Ce qui s'a passé", "Ce qui se passe", and "Ce qui se passera". ...
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How to say “at least” as in “at least help me!”

How do you express "At least" as in the sentence "At least help me!" I think it's (literally) "au moins" but that sounds a bit strange. Thanks!
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Is this a correct translation of “I don't want them to die”?

Is "Je ne veux pas qu'ils à mourir" a good translation or should you use "Je ne veux pas qu'ils meurent"?
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How to say “this early” as in “I have never been this early” in French?

How do you say something like "I have never been this bad" in French? Or something like that? How do you say the "This bad" part? Also, do you say "I have never been" as "Je n'ai jamais été"? Or is ...
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Meaning of “je vais pas en plus venir…” ?

I stumbled upon the sentence: Déjà je suis née fille, je vais pas en plus venir parler la première. I get the meaning of the sentence, that's not the problem. The problem is with en plus venir. ...
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Most common ways of remarking something is weird, strange, or unusual?

A very common remark in English is simply weird, or that's weird, to express that something is generally unexpected. What's the most common way of expressing this in French? I don't want to just look ...
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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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How do I use Wikipedia to find a technical translation? [closed]

If I'm on the English page https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bridge_(music) how do I get to the French page: https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pont_(musique) Someone showed me to to change the URL in the ...
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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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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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How to translate: multi-event and single-event

QUESTION 1: How can I translate this from english to french: multi-event single-event Google Translate gives me: multi-événement événement unique This first one sound right to me while the ...
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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 qu'...
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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 can I translate “I have improved”?

QUESTION 1. "I have improved" How can I translate into French "I have improved"? Google Translate gives me "Je me suis amélioré" using "to be" instead of "to have." Is that correct as translation? ...
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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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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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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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« Arachide » et « cacahuète » désignent-ils la même chose?

À l'école, j'ai appris que la traduction française de « peanut » était « cacahuète » (ou « cacahouette »). Aujourd'hui, je partage une chambre d'hôtel avec une Canadienne qui a emporté ça: Il me ...
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How to express “… , but to (do) …” in colloquial French?

"I was well aware of your desire to be his successor, but to resort to murder!?" « J'étais bien conscient de votre désir de lui succéder, mais de là à avoir recours au meurtre... ? » In English, ...
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Translate “algebra structure on” in mathematics

I want to translate this sentence in French. We study the Hopf algebra structure on the vector space spanned by [something] In fact, this is what I tried. Nous présentons une structure d’...
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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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What is the correct way to say “I have a bad accent” ?

What is the best way to self-effacingly say: I speak french with a bad accent. Would it be: Je parle français avec un mauvais accent anglais. The difficulty I'm having is in distinguishing ...
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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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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 ...