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Placement of “tout”?

I recently set my Facebook UI to use French. I noticed that there's an option to mark all notifications as read, which is translated as "Tout marquer comme lu." But then there's an option to "Show ...
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Correct pronunciation of 'Chez Albert': is there a liaison?

I had a little dispute yesterday on what the correct pronunciation of 'chez Albert' is. In my understanding, I would pronounce the latent 'z' of 'chez' because the next word starts with a vowel ...
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How to change “make him/her do something” to “make Alex do something”?

Tu lui fais lire ce livre ? When you want to say "make him/her do something", you need to use the indirect pronoun "lui" instead of "le/la", correct? But how do you change the sentence above if ...
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Meaning of même

I am having a difficulty understanding the meaning of this sentense. En France, tout le monde parle français, même les enfants. In particular, what does même les enfants mean ? My ...
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The meaning of « voilà qui »

Elle a été retrouvée ? Voilà qui me rassure. When « voilà » is followed by « qui », what is the exact meaning of the phrase? Is it close in meaning to: Elle a été retrouvée ? Voilà ce qui me ...
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Can we form question tags in French?

In English one can place a question tag after statement by adding an interrogative phrase. This usually requires the interlocutor so affirm/confirm or reject the statement. e.g. Statement: You ...
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Difference between “Comment a-t-il pu” and “Comment aurait-il pu”

Comment une île toute entière a-t-elle bien pu disparaître comme ça ? Comment une île toute entière aurait-elle bien pu disparaître comme ça ? How do these two sentences have different ...
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Is this an appropriate salutation?

When composing letters, I often use this as an opening statement (not including the normal Cher ... etc.) Je vous présente mes salutations chaleureuses. Does this sound appropriate in French, ...
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Evolve in technical side as well as business side [on hold]

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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Why is “une information” correct in French, but not its English equivalent?

In English, information is uncountable, so an information is incorrect, but I often see the French equivalent une information (as in donner une information). Why is this correct? Should I prefer the ...
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When an “s” sound is pronounced “z”

In each of the following five examples, I notice that native French speakers pronounce the "s" sounds in bold as "z" instead. In what instances should you use an "z" sound? Is there an pattern? ...
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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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What is the correct term for a script in computing?

I'd like to know what the correct term for a script (or shell script) is in French. It is a bit like a program, but with subtle differences. I've been translating this as 'le script' in French, but ...
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Grammatical requirements when theoretically having two “si” clauses

Et si... il avait déjà quitté l'île ? Et que son bateau ait coulé quelque part au milieu de l'océan. {←PERIOD} I find it tempting to rephrase the sentences above, using two “si”s: Et si... il ...
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Recommend a dictionary of computing terminology?

Can you recommend a French (modern France) dictionary or vocabulary-list of computing terminology? I don't know how many English-language programming terms I know (e.g. process, thread, debugging, ...
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What is the difference between “là toujours” and “toujours là”?

I've always struggled with toujours and encore (and related adverbs) and what they mean when their position in a phrase is changed. What is the difference in the following sentences? Il était ...
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Origine/étymologie de l’expression « Trop fort ! »

Pour répondre à une question sur un autre site (Spanish Stack Exchange), j’ai cherché l’origine de l’expression « ¡Qué fuerte! », qui est souvent utilisée pour exprimer la surprise. Comme je ne ...
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Mon expérience professionnel me permet de bien comprendre des processus métiers [on hold]

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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1answer
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The meaning of « à + infinitif »

Nous sommes toujours en première ligne, à risquer nos vies. Nous sommes assis autour d'une table, à boire du vin. The precise meaning of « à » in instances like these eludes me. I suppose ...
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How did “coucou” (with its original “cuckoo” meaning) become a greeting in French?

Several times now, I have seen French people greet each other (via text chat) by saying "coucou". This appears to simply be derived from the word of the same spelling "coucou", describing the noise a ...
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References for pronunciation of different verb forms

I'm a beginner in French and I'm learning pronunciation in French with this book. Would anybody come up with any good books/resources which contains the rules of pronunciation of different verb (in ...
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Discours rapporté dans le domaine professionnel

Est-ce que l'usage du discours rapporté est utile dans le domaine professionnel ? Dans les rapports , les comptes rendus… ? Si oui quelques exemples de son usage dans un compte rendu ou un rapport ?
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« Parmi la population la plus riche, seulE/S 20% est … »

Est-ce « seule » (la population) ou « seuls » (20% des individus) dans cette phrase ?
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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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Alors voyons-nous au café à 3 heures

Est-ce qu'on peut dire ces deux phrases ? (1) Alors voyons-nous au café à 3 heures. (2) Alors donnons-nous rendez-vous au café à 3 heures.
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Singular vs plural pronunciation

Is there a difference in pronunciation between the following two sentences? In other words, is it possible to tell whether I am talking about one or many colours? Thanks. Quelles magnifiques ...
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Are there any good online resources for English/French parallel reading?

I am (re-)learning French and would like to grow my vocabulary and contextual grammar by reading the same texts in parallel. I know there is a couple of books that do English and French stories side ...
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“Une pensée pour ceux dont je n’ai que très rarement pris l’occasion de remercier”

Is this sentence correct ? It seems quite heavy and I'm not sure whether my use of "dont" is valid.
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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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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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Est-ce que c'est courant de demander “vous êtes de France?”

Quand je rencontre des personnes en train de parler français, je leur demande parfois « Vous venez de France ? », et d'habitude on me regarde comme si j'étais fou et on me demande de répéter. Je ne ...
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Is the elision in the sentence “pour réfléchir qu'americans” correct?

I want to know if it is correct to make an elision in this sentence "pour réfléchir qu'americans en moyenne dorment moins que ce qu'ils ont fait dans le passé." or Should I write "que americains" ...
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« Il nous restent des efforts à faire » ?

Faut-il accorder le verbe avec le sujet ou avec l'object direct — ce qui n'est pas le cas normal mais qui quand même est assez naturel! — dans ce cas? Il nous restent des efforts à faire. ou ...
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“Show” en langage d'espions

Context is German spies organizing cover-up for an operation In spycraft, a “show” was both the secret operation and its cover-up. Quite difficult to find this in french — if any equivalent ...
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Resources for learning French phrases (e.g. en train de=in the process of)

I'd like to know if there're some online resources for learning French phrases, for example, en train de, en cours de etc. I'm practicing listening and reading, but even though I understand each word ...
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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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1answer
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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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1answer
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What is the meaning of « à vue de nez » in this specific context?

Où vous allez ? À l'auberge la plus proche, à vue de nez. I’m torn between two interpretations: Where are you going? To the nearest inn, I guess. / Suggesting that this is just a wild guess. / ...
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1answer
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Why just “ne” is used here instead of “ne pas” or “pas”? [duplicate]

I would phrase this sentence as "de ne pas pouvoir" or "de pas pouvoir", but I have never seen the "de ne pouvoir" construction like this. In what circumstances can you get away with only using "ne"? ...
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1answer
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What is the function of the « que » in the following sentence?

Vous venez à peine de commencer à cuisiner que vous y renoncez déjà ? I have no trouble understanding the meanings of the two phrases before and after the word "que". But I have no idea why in ...
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1answer
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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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1answer
80 views

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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1answer
98 views

Sucre vs. Sucré

In recent times, I have been noticing that certain words in french have a form where the same word ending with an "e" will have another form of it but ending with and "é". I assume that this is like ...
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1answer
111 views

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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Bonjour! Je suis un immigrant finlandais du Texas. Pourquoi dois-je apprendre l'anglais au Texas? [closed]

Je suis très gêné d'apprendre l'anglais. J'appris le français parce qu'il n'y a pas de bandes dessinées ou séries TV en langue finnoise. Ils sont tous en anglais, parce qu'il ya ce stéréotype que nous ...
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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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3answers
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“Effectivement” and “pour le coup” as filler words in current speech

Why do people so often say 'effectivement'? Is it connected to breath group speech? What does it mean (besides simple emphasis)? Same for 'pour le coup'.
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In this sentence, does “devoir” (must) refer to “une obligation” or “une probabilité”?

In this sentence, Tu es hors de toi, tu dois bien t'en rendre compte. which means “You're beside yourself. You must be well aware of that.”, the word "dois" translates into "must". But does the ...
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Understanding “Ils auraient eu bientôt mangé tout le pauvre patrimoine.”

The question is on the highlighted sentence in this opening paragraph of Le maître Chat ou le Chat Botté as collected by Charles Perrault. Un meunier ne laissa pour tous biens, à trois enfants ...
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2answers
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Comment dire l'expression anglaise « Who wouldn’t? » en français ?

J'aimerais un équivalent de : “I need money.” “Who wouldn't?” Cette réponse suggère « tout le monde à besoin d'argent ». La phase « Qui ne l'aurait pas ? » m'est venue à l'esprit, mais je ...

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