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(L'Étranger de Camus) A past tense mental-state verb to introduce an irreal in présent conditionnel

In this older post, I got an answer from Kyrio, which may be summarized as Principle: Imparfait indicatif and présent conditionnel used for an irreal situation backshifts to plus-que-parfait ...
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Why is the “pas” missing?

I just read an article on lemonde.fr about the French police trying to break open an iPhone and saw this: six téléphones sur les 141 analysés en 2014 « n’ont pu être traités » And could anyone ...
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(L'Étranger de Camus) A past tense mental-state verb to introduce a présent conditionnel mental-content (Part 2) [closed]

Notes from the contributor of the question: I now believe that this post is not useful at all. Please see this other post on the same topic. This question asks when a past tense indicative mental-...
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The difference between “un petit garçon” and “un garçon petit” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Quand peut-on mettre un adjectif avant ou après un nom? I was wondering what is the difference between “un petit garçon” and “un garçon petit”. un = one petit = small ...
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Web service or program that shows the use over time for a French word

In English when I want to see the evolution of the use of a term over time, I can use Google as shown below. Is there any similar website or program for French?
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Why do we use “au” and “aux” before country names?

I saw that “au” comes before “Portugal”. But, “au” means “the”, doesn't it? Should then “the” come before “Portugal”? Also, when do we use “aux”?
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What article can I use to refer to a thing correctly?

Which of the two sentences is correct (and why): Elle se cogne contre de table. or Elle se cogne contre la table.
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Is “des” a preposition + article in “Il se versait des petits verres”?

The question is on the last sentence of this passage from Flaubert's L'Éducation sentimentale. Des arbres la couronnaient parmi des maisons basses couvertes de toits à l’italienne. Elles avaient ...
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Tricky parts in the song 'J'ai cherché' by Amir

(It's my very first question here, and I've only started learning French.) J’ai cherché un sens à mon existence J’y ai laissé mon innocence I have looked for a meaning to my existence I have ...
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Comment “esprit cartésien” en est-il venu à être synonyme de “esprit logique” ?

Descartes est pourtant le philosophe le moins logique qui soit, des prémices (si je dis "je pense, donc...", c'est que j'ai déjà supposé que "je suis"), aux conclusions (voir par exemple son ...
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Why is this sentence written “Je n'ai pas de voiture”?

When I wanted to write “I don't have a car” in French, I wrote it as follows: J'ai n'a pas de voiture But, how it was written in the book I'm reading was as follows: Je n'ai pas de voiture ...
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How can we write this number amount ?

I don't know French, and just need to write this amount in French: 129,29 Euros How can this value be represented with words?
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How to express a tag question (“…, huh/right/don’t we?”) in colloquial French?

I’ve already read over a similar question, and I still wonder if the following three phrases have nuances of meaning? Can we form question tags in French? "Yeah, what a marvellous age we live in, ...
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« Comment vous vous appelez ? » Est-ce une question correcte ?

En général on peut poser des questions de trois manières différentes, par exemple : Monsieur, vous vous appelez comment ? (avec intonation) Monsieur, comment est-ce que vous vous appelez ? (avec est-...
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Le présent de l'indicatif se traduit-il par le « present perfect » en anglais ?

Learning French in Duolingo and I am learning prepositions. I am having a problem with the following sentence. Elle est jolie depuis qu'elle est jeune By this point, we haven't yet touched ...
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Mon expérience professionnel me permet de bien comprendre des processus métiers [closed]

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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What does “dans trois semaines” mean?

I just want to confirm the meaning of the following sentence: Les cours à l'université commencent dans trois semaines. Does the above sentence mean that: The university courses will start in ...
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How do you master Prepositions and Postpositions in French as a second language?

TL/DR: How do you acquire and master adpositions in a L2? Please do not answer that only further exposure, practice or time are needed; they do not aid advanced L2 learners. Optional Reading: ...

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