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Could someone please check if there are any mistakes in my French text? [on hold]

I've got a French task for school, and don't have anyone to proof read my text. Could someone here do it for me? Notre projet est quelque chose intéressante. Le but de ceci est de créer une ...
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Ceci explique mais ne justifie pas

Ils m'ont dit : « ceci explique mais ne justifie pas ». Je n'ai pas bien compris. J'arrive pas a faire la distinction entre justifier et expliquer ?
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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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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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What might the hashtag #JayLaGerbe mean?

I've tried to look it up and I can find a few references but nothing that might hint at a translations.
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The use of “slam” in the context of poetry and poetry competitions 'dans la Francophonie'

There’s a very cool event happening right now in my wife’s French hometown and the event’s brochure mentions that there’s an “Atelier d’écriture slam” scheduled for 15H30, followed by a “Grand ...
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Dans l'informatique, entend/voit-on plus souvent “assurance qualité” ou “contrôle de qualité” ?

Je parle bien sûr de "QA," ou "Quality Assurance" en anglais - c'est à dire le processus de trouver et corriger des bugs chez les entreprises de logiciel. Jusqu'alors je vois les deux termes ...
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Quelle est la différence entre « coordinateur » et « coordonnateur » ?

Dans un contexte administratif, j'ai commis l'erreur d'utiliser le terme « coordinateur » mais le bon sens était « coordonnateur ». Quelle est la différence entre les deux ?
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Tort vs tord to mean wrong

I asked someone Est-ce que j'ai tort?, and the response was, "Oui, tu as tord." I thought maybe it was a spelling mistake, but he said that there are two ways of writing it. I can't seem to find ...
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Is “discussion instantanée” really the best translation of “chat”?

I set my Facebook to display in French and it changed "Chat" to "Discussion instantanée." Is that really what online chat is called in French? Is there not a more felicitous term than that? In ...
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What is the difference between “vivre” and “habiter”?

What is the difference between “vivre” and “habiter”? It seems that they both mean “to live“? But, when to use each?
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Can “pouvoir” be translated/interpreted to meanings other than “can” ?

(I was not exactly certain on how to phrase this question, so bear with me.) The majority of times when French learners encounter the verb pouvoir, they think of the word as its common English ...
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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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Quelles sont les différence entre « amener » ou « ramener » et « apporter » ou « rapporter » ?

D'après ce que j'ai compris jusqu'à présent, on utilise « amener » pour faire venir quelqu'un avec et « apporter » pour porter quelque chose avec soi. Alors on ajoute un « r » à ces deux mots afin de ...
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Wooden laundry clip

Quel est le mot qui traduit "wooden clip" en français, un truc en bois pour laisser sécher du linge ?
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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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Difference between “soudain” and “soudainement”?

Soudain seems to be used to mean suddenly, but then when should soudainement be used? I can't discern a clear difference in usage other than that soudain is more often at the beginning of a sentence.
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Quels sont les noms des outils d'un « carpenter » et de quel métier s'agit-il ?

Pouvez-vous svp m'aider à identifier ces outils et à comprendre à quel métier on associe généralement le carpenter dans ce contexte ? Quels sont les noms courants de ces outils (1-7) ? En ...
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Pourquoi n'y a-t-il pas de contraire de “cher” ?

Pourquoi le français n'a-t-il pas de mot courant pour exprimer le contraire de "cher" (au sens pécuniaire) ? En pratique la tournure "peu/pas cher" semble être la plus courante, et les dictionnaires ...
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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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Que veut-on dire par “goudronnait leurs manchettes” dans Cendrillon?

Dans Cendrillon, on peut lire, dans le passage suivant, "goudronnait leurs manchettes". J'ai beau regarder dans plusieurs dictionnaires, tous semblent s'entendre pour dire qu'on parle d'appliquer du ...
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What is the difference between cacher and masquer?

I am somewhat confused in regards to the verbs cacher and masquer. Both of them mean to hide in English, but I believe it depends on what context they are used in. Looking through usages of the word, ...
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What are the French equivalents to “sea resort”?

So I was working on the Theme: Vacations/Holidays and I first encountered the word: la station de ski which can be translated as a "ski resort" in English. Alright. Then I thought about how could one ...
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Quel bruit font les chevaux qui galopent ?

On lit parfois que les sabots des chevaux martèlent le sol. Y a-t-il d'autres mots pour indiquer le bruit que font les chevaux qui galopent, par exemple sur un champ de course où le sol est plus ...
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Mot pour décrire une situation rare mais importante quand elle survient

Je cherche un mot qui pourrait décrire une situation qui ne se produit pas souvent, mais qui quand elle survient est importante (importante n'est peut-être pas le mot le plus approprié ici). Simple ...
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Any good list for most commonly used phrases and expressions?

There are a lot of lists of words, which could be imported directly into Anki. For example, memrise has an online course, containing 5000 most frequent words in the French language. Now I nearly ...
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Anime community vocabulary: “Neko”

I work as a translation reviewer for an indie game developper. I review French translations which were already given by someone else and test them ingame. I came across a problem when reviewing this ...
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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 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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French highway terms?

Is sortie correct for referring to an exit from a highway, and is entrée correct for the entrance? Also, how would you say the "exit ramp" or "entrance ramp"? La rampe de sortie et la rampe d'entrée ...
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How to say “protective cover”?

Salut, I'm trying to say "Cover joints must be cleaned before replacing cover". However, I don't know the word for "cover"; I've tried looking up the word on wordreference and several forums but none ...
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Oxford 3000 for French

“The Oxford 3000” (PDF listing) is a selection of the 3000 most frequently used words in English. If you know them, you can understand the meaning of more than 80% of the words in a general text. Is ...
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“fine” in “faire la fine bouche”?

Sadly, I am an extremely picky eater, so it's good for me to know how to tell people this to explain my selectivity with restaurants and meals. But I'm a bit confused by the phrase "faire la fine ...
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Aisément vs facilement?

Is there any difference in the connotation or usage between these two words, which are both translations for easily ?
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Quelle est la différence entre la chance et le hasard ?

Je connais la différence quand j'utilise ces mots mais c'est difficile à expliquer. Est-ce que quelqu'un a une bonne explication ? Par exemple, on dit « un coup de chance » mais on voit une page « au ...
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Usage of “baiser”?

Okay, so in English at least, it's pretty normal to mention kissing, whereas depending on the context, it's pretty inappropriate to mention fucking or fucking someone over. Yet apparently baiser ...
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Saint-Exupery: «rouler dans la crasse comme ces canons aux amarres rompues…»

I think I understand each of the individual words in this sentence from Saint-Exupery's Terre des hommes, but I really can't make sense of the whole phrase: «...toutes les montagnes semblent au ...
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“suite de l'épreuve de” meaning

I have been in France for a week. Today I get some draft papers in the laboratory to do my job. There is a note in the draft paper named "suite de l'épreuve de". What does it mean? P/s: I used google ...
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Quel est le mot en français pour “proficient” (niveau de compétence linguistique)?

En anglais, nous disons "proficient". Par exemple, dans un CV nous pouvons trouver: "French (proficient), Spanish (advanced)". Le niveau "proficient" est supérieur au niveau "advanced" et signifie ...
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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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Antonyme de polyvalent ?

Le wiktionnaire propose un sens de polyvalent qui s'adapte aux personnes. Un employé polyvalent. CNRTL propose comme antonyme monovalent, pourtant son sens semble bien différent, en particulier ...
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What rules govern the usage of “tout” to mean “very”?

I sometimes see tout used where I might expect très, such as in this sentence: On vient d'un tout petit village dans les Ardennes. Is there a limited set of words for which it is normal to use ...
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Bâtiment vs bâtisse ?

A google image search shows bâtisse to bring up many old stone buildings, while bâtiment brings up many newer and larger ones. Both seem to translate to building as a noun. What is the difference?
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Ça vs. ca in French

I've started learning French recently, and I've been having a hard time knowing when to use ça or ca in sentences. What are the differences between these two words and how did they etymologically ...
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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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Sens de “agrégatif”

Quel est le sens du mot "agrégative" dans ce paragraphe qui fait partie d'un texte de Georges BALANDIER intitulé: Le sexuel et le social. Lecture anthropologique. La sexualité est socialisée ; le ...
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Arrêter, suspendre, surseoir ou finir ?

Administrativement parlant, do we say "arrêtez svp de m'envoyer des e-mails" or "terminez svp..." or something else like "finissez", "surseoir", "suspendre"? I have no idea about that? What is the ...
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How to say “I look” as in “I look stupid” in French?

How do you say "I look" as in "I look pretty/stupid/etc"? Do you use ressemble? Also, out of topic: how do you say "you seem adjective", and how do you express "pretty" as in "That's pretty dumb"?
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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"?