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Etymology of “queue” from “cue”

Queue has such a strange spelling (80% of it is vowels!) that I wanted to see where the word came from. I searched for its origin at Etymonline.com, which had this to say: queue (n.): late 15c., ...
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Expression la plus appropriée pour remplacer « cloud-based » et « cloud-computing »

En anglais, on parle souvent, et de plus en plus, de services qui sont dit « cloud-based » ou qui font du « cloud computing ». Je suis en train de refaire mon CV et cherche une expression française ...
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What is the etymology of the word “dada” as it is used in French to mean “horse” (cheval)?

(Question in the "Title Header" restated in French): Quelle est l’étymologie du mot « dada » tel qu'il est employé en français pour signifier « cheval » (horse) ? When our children were ...
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A difference between “de manière” and “d'une manière”?

Paraître / sembler : employé avec un adjectif, paraître décrit de manière neutre l’aspect, l’apparence : il paraît jeune (et il l’est, pour autant qu’on sache). Sembler laisse entendre que la ...
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Jargon professionnel : “suivi de la capacité”

Dans mon milieu professionnel (industrie des technologies de l'information), on peut être amené à user de l'expression "suivi capacitaire" pour exprimer un "suivi de la capacité de quelque chose" (par ...
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C'est moi et pas toi qui … ?

Comment conjugue-t-on les verbes après des sujets « mélangés » comme « moi et pas toi » ? Est-ce : C'est moi et pas toi qui suis professeur. ou C'est moi et pas toi qui es professeur. ou ...
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Word or phrase expressing that it's ok to deal with personal things at work

Years ago, on a radio program, I heard a discussion about how the French have a word (or phrase) that describes the phenomena where it's ok for people to take care of personal needs at work because it ...
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What does a sentence starting with “pas” mean?

I was looking at an Air Bnb posting and the host said House rules | Pas d'arrivée après 22h. Does this mean "no arrivals before 22h" or "no arrivals after 22h"? To my (very limited) knowledge, ...
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In this sentence, do we use “journalisées” or “journaliser”?

Do we say : La validation et l'édition doivent être journalisées. or La validation et l'édition doivent être journaliser.
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How to pronounce 'mange'?

I'm just at elementary level of French and learning from Duolingo. I came to word which means to eat and spells mange; it should be man as in manga art & ge as in gay according to English ...
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Why do the transitive forms of “avancer” & “retarder” seem to have both opposite & identical meanings in the 4 nearly identical phrases below?

Question in the “Title Header” restated in French: « Pourquoi dans les 4 phrases suivantes, presque identiques, les verbes transitifs « avancer » et « retarder » semblent-ils avoir à la fois des sens ...
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Does “en” always carry roughly the same meaning as “in”, or might it need to be paraphrased?

In many French sentences, the word "en" seems to be directly translatable as "in", for example: Je habite en France. (I live in France) On peut parler en japonais. (One can speak in Japanese) ...
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Pronoun order in an inverted question that contains an infinitive clause

“Aiderez-vous ces éleves à répondre au questionnaire ?” If I wanted to substitute pronouns for ces éleves and à répondre au questionnaire what is the word order? I think it might be ...
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COD and COI pronouns in infinitive clauses

As practice, I'm writing my tasks list on French. So far I have: trouver une place pour sauvegarde les fichiers. rétrécir les. (is this usage of COD correct?) (here I'm trying to write "move them ...
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“Est-ce que” and “quel” on questions about predicative expressions

How to say: What's the Italian name of this noodle? in French? I think a possible translation may be: Quel est le nom italien de cette pâte? But how can I translate it with est-ce que? Is ...
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La chanson québécoise « Le vieux cheval »

Je veux demander quelque chose sur une chanson canadienne, à savoir le vieux cheval du Vent du Nord. Ma question exige de la connaissance de toute la chanson. Le vieux cheval Mon cher ...
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Ceinture et bretelles [on hold]

Bonjour :) Comment traduiriez-vous en anglais l'expression « avec ceinture et bretelles » (avec beaucoup de précautions redondantes) ? How would you say in english something very close from "avec ...
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How to apologise in French

I was wondering, if one was to hurt somebody accidentally what would be an appropriate way of apologising? For example if a child were to hit an elder while on their bicycle.
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L'emploi de « ladite » en un mot prévaut-il toujours sur l'emploi de « la dite » en deux mots ?

L'extrait suivant illustre-t-il une faute commune de l'usage de « ladite » ? Et il est probable que la branche palestinienne des Frères musulmans réintégrera la dite liste. Ainsi, ne ...
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Why is it “au lieu de” ?

I need to translate the following sentence: "Take an apple instead of chocolate." The translation is: "Prends une pomme au lieu de chocolat.", but since "chocolat" has the article "le", why is it ...
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« S'approcher » et « s'approcher de »

Quand est-ce qu'on utilise "s'approcher + place" et quand est-ce qu'on utilise "s'approcher de + place"? Mon livre de français dit "s'approcher (de)" mais n'explique pas l'usage.
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Analogue for English construction “the more… the more…” [duplicate]

English has a grammatical construction for comparative adjectives, that looks like, for example: The more books I read, the more I know. This construction uses two comparative adjectives to ...
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Y a-t-il des programmes français qui ne sont pas trop difficiles ?

Je prends AP French Language & Culture et je ne peux pas écouter le français sans difficulté. Le programme d'actualité de tv5monde est d'un bon niveau pour moi mais je cherche un programme de télé ...
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Using the definite article in generic statements

Would this be technically correct, grammar-wise? "J'étudie le français parce qu'il est intéressant?" Considering the definite article can be used for referring to nouns in a general sense, it could ...
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How do I designate the person I live with but I'm not married to ?

When I speak about my girlfriend with colleagues or my familly, I obviously can't say “ma femme” because we're not married. However “ma copine” feels odd since we're both adult. What would be an ...
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Majuscule dans la transcription des indicateurs patronymiques des noms arabes

J’entends par indicateur patronymique les mots comme ibn|bani (littéralement « fils de ») et ab[û|i] (littéralement « père de »). L’usage chez les anciens arabes, quelque peut perpétué aujourd’hui ...
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How to say “he was only joking with me” in french

I'm trying to describe a situation where someone made me believe a story that was not true just to see my reaction. Something that in English I would say "He was only joking with me" or "he was ...
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Why are there three groups of verbs in French?

French has a reputation of being difficult to learn, firstly for its pronunciation, but also by its conjugation of verbs. I understand that changing the verb ending according to the pronoun comes ...
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What does “être cul-cul” mean?

While going through a French forum I came across the expression être cul-cul. As the case may be, the literal translation did not do it for me. Thought that google will have some lookups on this, but ...
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How to translate “I'm looking for opportunities to practice my French”?

I'm looking for a roommate, and am hoping to find one who speaks French so that I can practice with them. I was thinking of including the following snippet in my ad. Is this idiomatic? Je parle ...
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Comment traduire « what goes around, comes around » ?

En anglais, on a l'expression « what goes around, comes around », qui veut dire (à peu près) que quoi que la personne fasse, elle devra ensuite faire face aux conséquences de ses actes. Existe-t-il ...
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How to translate “to parse” or “parsing” in French?

The act of parsing, in computer science, is the act of taking text (even if it's not human readable) and extract information out of it (and do something with it). For example you can parse an xml ...
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Quel auxiliaire pour les verbes « paraitre » et « apparaitre » ?

Les verbes paraitre et apparaitre se conjuguent-ils avec l'auxiliaire être ou avoir ?
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Usage mystérieux de « toi-même, tu sais »

Je n'arrive pas a comprendre ce que « toi-même » veut dire dans ces paroles de chanson (Yannick, Ces Soirées-là) : Ces soirées-là, on drague, on branche, Toi-même, tu sais pourquoi : Pour ...
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What does “Six boulots” mean?

While in a conversation with my mates, I came across some expression with “six boulots”. I was pretty sure that they were not talking about six jobs and just like my previous queries I am well above ...
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Celui-ci or Ceci. What is correct ?

I have a doubt related to the following sentence: Il doit faire attention à ne pas tomber. Celui-ci est son plus gros danger. Is that correct or should I rather say ? Il doit faire attention ...
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Quand doit-on utiliser « les » et « eux » - When should I use “les” and “eux”?

I'm in the process of localising a game1 and I'm struggling with word choice in the following translation. Should I use "les" or "eux" and why? Your boosters can help you collect difficult shells. ...
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Usage of 'hot' meaning 'good-looking' or 'attractive'

The word 'hot' in English is usually perceived as: an adjective that conveys the degree of heat possessed by an object. A French translation for 'hot' in this context would be 'chaud'. ...
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What does “est-ce que” really mean?

My French teacher said that est-ce que comes before a what question, but I'm confused on what it really means. Can someone explain to me what it really means?
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Does the Académie Française set out how to format currencies?

I know Académie Française covers orthography beyond just how to spell words. I also know Académie Française encompasses differences between the various French-using countries. I'm interested to know ...
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Are there any sites dedicated to having French subtitles for French films?

I see a lot of French subs for English shows but finding French subs for French media has been difficult. Does France not provide subs for hard of hearing people? Anyone know of any sites that have ...
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Typographie : utilisation du point virgule pour une liste

Je voudrais énumérer, par exemple dans un C.V., une liste de compétences. Qu'est-ce qui est le plus juste entre : Langues : Français ; Persan ; Anglais ; Espagnol et : Langues : Français, ...
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Concordance des temps plus-que-parfait imparfait

I write at a point in the past with 'imparfait' tense (let's call it t0), about a time earlier in the past, with 'plus-que-parfait' tense (let's call it t-1). However, at t-1, some verbs are ...
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Est-ce que « Merci » tout seul, sans autres indices de refus, peut servir pour refuser une offre ?

(Question in the "Question Heading" restated in English): When used all alone with no other indications of refusal, can “Merci” be used to refuse an offer? J’ai un ami Normand, un peu près ...
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When giving commands, when should I use the imperative and the infinitive? [duplicate]

I'm attempting to localise a game into French. Using other games as a guide for my less than perfect French grammar, I notice that sometimes a phrase that would use the imperative in English uses the ...
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How to answer questions with “vous êtes-vous” and “si” ?

How do I answer: Vous êtes-vous trempé[e] avec les giboulées de mars ? Also: Si je vais à Paris, irez-vous, si je reste ?
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Meaning of “méli-mélo”

At the January page of "calendrier mathématique 2015", it says "Pourquoi le résultant n'est-il pas un méli-mélo terne et flou?" The janvier's theme is rainbow. So I thought the meaning might be "Why ...
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“La piscine n'était pas chauffée”: what isn't heated?

The heating at the indoor swimming pool down the road frequently does not work. I would like to write this to a friend from France. Is this correct ? La piscine n'était pas chauffée. Or do I ...
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“J'aime” vs “j'aime bien”

What is the difference between j'aime and j'aime bien? E.g. J'aime (bien) cette chanson. J'aime (bien) les fruits. J'aime (bien) poser des questions sur SE. Is j'aime simply stronger ...
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Difference between “démarrer” and “commencer”

As far as I know, both words mean the same thing in English — “start”. Is there any difference in the meaning or in the usage of the two verbs?

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