Comment utiliser un mot en situation. / How to use a word in a particular situation.

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“quoique” vs. “bien que”

Is there any difference between “quoique“ and “bien que”? I have found two random examples, but my knowledge of French is not good enough to understand if they express the same meaning or not. Il ...
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Which words introduced by the French Academy to replace loanwords from English have been successful?

I remember using the word "courriel" with a French acquaintance. They found it funny and said nobody uses it in French and that I should just say "email" like everybody else. I had read somewhere ...
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Est-ce que le mot « internaute » est souvent utilisé?

J'ai trouvé dans quelques articles le mot « internaute » pour les gens qui utilisent l'internet, similaire à astronaute. En anglais, le mot analogue « internaut » est utilisé uniquement par un petit ...
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What's the correct verb to use to describe the phenomenon of going from calling someone 'vous' to calling someone 'tu'?

The kind of verb that can only exist in language such as French with different ways of referring to people in the second person, what is the verb (or verbs) that describe the phenomenon of switching ...
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How universal is the guillemet in written French?

There's a discussion going on about the use of Guillemet in written French. The official view of l'Académie is pretty clear I think, but how widely is this reflected around the world? Is it normal to ...
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Peut-on dire « une auteure »?

Manifestement, ni le TLF ni l'Académie n'acceptent le terme, et Google n'est pas particulièrement enthousiaste non plus. Cependant, il semblerait que l'usage d'une auteure soit commun au Québec et ...
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Latin phrases - used in French too?

There are lots of latin phrases in common use in English. Is it suitable/appropriate/common to directly use them in French, exactly like I would for English? For the purposes of discussion lets look ...