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What is the best word to describe these utensils?

In English I suppose I would call it a "scoop", although that's ambiguous. I think I've heard it called a "cuillere à grosselle" (not sure of the spelling), but googling for that turns up nothing. ...
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Numbered lists with a name that can be sorted easily?

I have a few iOS simple language learning apps (Spanish/French) that I'm trying to internationalize. In them I have groups of words, which are named like the following for English speakers: Animal ...
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Peut-on omettre l'article entre une préposition et un nom, et si oui quand ?

Quand ne doit-on pas utiliser l'article (défini ou indéfini) devant un nom? Par exemple on dit « avec douceur » mais « sans l'agressivité ». Un autre exemple : « sur fond rouge » ou « sur un/le fond ...
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Why is “de” used in “il n'y a pas de bus direct”?

I would need help in order not to mix up de and le or un (What article can I use to refer to a thing correctly?) I came across this sentence Il n'y a pas de bus direct? But I couldn't ...
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Confused on the translation of “de pas faire”

I'm not sure I understand the use of "de pas faire" completely. I thought it mean "to not do" but the phrase "libre de pas faire comme on nous dit" seems to translate as "free to do as we are told" ...
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Aube et aurore, crépuscule et ?

On sait que l'aube précède l'aurore, au moins dans l'usage soigné. Au soir le crépuscule correspond à l'aube, y a-t'il un terme désignant le moment correspondant à aurore?
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Un adverbe pour « critique »

Je suis tombé aujourd'hui dans un article de mathématiques en anglais sur l'adverbe critically, dans le syntagme « postcritically finite ». J'ai cherché une traduction convenable, mais ni ...
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Translation of “running example”

When trying to translate running example into French, a friend suggested exemple filet, but I could not find a single instance of this usage. I did find however exemple fil rouge in a few websites. ...
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Comment traduire “ground term” ?

J'ai l'habitude de traduire ground term (en logique) comme terme clos. Or, selon ce site, il y a une subtile différence entre ground term et closed term: In mathematical logic, a ground term of a ...
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La voix passive interchangeable avec le verbe pronominal ?

J'appuie ce qui suit sur Advanced French Grammar, p. 15, par V. Mazet et cette question. In many cases, and especially when the "agent" is expressed, French tries to avoid the passive ... In some ...
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Using more than one adjectives: “belle brosse à dents neuve”?

In the following sentence J'ai une belle brosse de (not sure whether «pour» could be used here) dents neuve, mais je n'ai plus de dentrifice. Is my ordering of adjectives okay? Could you refer ...
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How to translate “for six hours (six hours from now)”?

For example-- Sadly I can't go to sleep for another six hours. It's really that sentence in particular that I'm trying to think how to translate. Malheureusement je ne peux pas me coucher jusqu'à ...
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When to use 'je te kiffe'?

Recently I read a question on how to say I like you in French. None of these answers provided the expression 'je te kiffe', although I'm quite sure it is used very often. Is there a different context ...
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L'absence du mot « pas » dans une tournure négative [duplicate]

Je voudrais savoir avec quels verbes on peut ne pas utiliser le mot pas. Par exemple: Je ne sais comment vous remercier.
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What's with “jusqu'à ce que”?

This one always confused me a bit. I'm looking for a better understanding of when to use it versus when to only use jusqu'à versus when to use jusque, if that's even a word by itself.
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How do you say “from cover to cover”?

How can I translate “from cover to cover” in French? This means from the very beginning until the very end. The typical context of using "from cover to cover" in English would be reading the book, ...
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Difference in usage between “prochaine”, “suivant” and “et puis”

I know the literal meaning of these words—next, following and “and then (?)” respectively. But today when I tried to say “next step” as “étape prochaine”, when I actually meant next step, I was ...
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A list of all abbreviations used in dictionaries

Let's say you are using a proper French dictionary (I use http://atilf.atilf.fr/). For an entry of any typical word, naturally you would find many abbreviations, e.g. “subst. masc.”, “p. ext”, etc. (I ...
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Note values in music terminology

What are the French terms for English rhythmic values, singular and plural, such as: sixteenth notes; eighth notes; quarter notes; half notes; and, whole notes?
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How to translate “the first {number}”?

For instance, in English we might say "I liked the first three, but..." etc. I am interested in whether it is translatable both with a specific noun and without, e.g.: I liked the first three. ...
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Différence entre « sûr » et « certain » ?

J'ai tendance à employer ces deux termes avec une légère différence de sens. Pour moi, « certain » signifie « sûr à 100% » alors que « sûr » signifie « un peu moins sûr que certain ». Cependant, ...
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What is this informal greeting in French containing “forme” and similar to “what's up”?

I often listen to a phrase that has “tu” and “forme” in it which is used as an informal greeting in the sense of “What's up”. Can you remind it, please? This question is linked but I do not find the ...
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Orthographe des termes médicaux composés

Comment orthographier correctement les termes composés comme supra-spinal, hyper-prolactinémie, anti-dépresseur, gastro-intestinal, cardio-vasculaire, intra-musculaire, péri-médullaire, ...
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192 views

Which pronoun to use with goûter?

So apparently you can say: Il goûte la pomme. Il goûte de la pomme. Il goûte à la pomme. Which is crazy. So....am I supposed to say... Je la goûte, j'en goûte, or j'y goûte? Or are they ...
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Can adjectives be used as adverbs?

I sometimes see things such as Il parle vite, when I would have thought it ought to be Il parle vitement. Are these interchangeable, or is the former technically wrong but casually permissible, or…? ...
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161 views

About the different forms of asking a question

What does “registre élevé”, “registre courant” and “registre familier” mean? This is because from the book I am studying, the structure of the question changes — Avez-vous des timbres ?, Est-ce que ...
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Traduction de « blows it away »

C'est un problème de traduction anglais français. Voici un poème de Richard Brautigan : "Floating Chandeliers" Sand is crystal like the soul. The wind blows it away. Comment ...
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Doit-on ajouter un « e » féminin la fin du participe passé ? [duplicate]

Quand doit-on ajouter un e féminin à la fin des verbes au passé composé ? Par exemple, est-ce que « Elle m'a vue il y a 2h. » est correct ? J'aimerais savoir ce qui détermine la conjugaison du verbe ...
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A beggar's cardboard in French

I too was in the central park and I also faced a situation which demanded knowledge of French like the user Aerovistae (Is the word order in this sentence correct?). This time, however, I was ...
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Placement of “tant”?

All these examples seem to be...different. I cannot make sense of it. Il a déjà tant fait. Il travaille tant ! J'ai dû partir, tant j'étais fatigué.
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Is the position of space and time precisions in this sentence correct?

Today I was sitting on a bench in the Public Garden in the city of Boston when a beautiful girl and her boyfriend sat down beside me, speaking French. Simultaneously I noticed there were six or seven ...
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When to use “lieu” or “endroit” ?

Can both lieu and endroit (words for place) be used interchangeably? In the scenario of deciding a venue for a party/picnic? If the place has already been decided but one needs to convey it to ...
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How to identify a condition (for use of conditionnel présent)?

This is a bit related to my other question and comment on the usage of conditionnel présent (Tense used to put forward a proposal). Why is there no conditionnel in the following example: Si je ...
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1answer
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Why the preposition “à” in “à cette saison”

In the sentence On pourrait aller dans la forêt, c'est magnifique à cette saison. In which sense is «à» used? I searched the TLF but être doesn't seem to be in the list of verbs.
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Tense used to put forward a proposal

In the following proposals Et si on faisait un pique-nique? I do not understand why an author uses imparfait, whereas in the sentence On pourrait aller dans la forêt as you can see ...
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Past tense for “rentrer”

I just read the following sentence Il rentre bient­ot. Google translate says it means “He returned soon”. But I do not understand how is the conjugation done. I saw the rules as given here ...
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“Jouer à” or “jouer de” for sports games?

I see that du is used with sport. However for a specific game, I am confused which is the correct phrase jouer au football (en jouant au football) or jouer du football (en jouant du ...
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1answer
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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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Double negation in French?

How would you respond negatively to the following question: Q. Chacun a fait un exercice? Is it: A. Aucun a fait un exercice. Or A. Aucun n'a pas fait un exercice.
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When to use “de”, “à” or “au / à la / aux” in noun complements?

I would like to understand whether there is a pattern on usage of “de”, “à“ or “à la” as complements to noun: un cours de natation une cuillère à café une glace à la fraise un ...
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1answer
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Quinte (de toux)

Tout le monde connait l'expression Il a une quinte de toux. Mais d'où provient cette expression, quel est le rapport entre quinte et toux ? Par ailleurs, on trouve le mot quinte dans la 8ème ...
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When to use “de” before a verb in infinitive form?

Which of this is correct? Est-ce que tu aimes aller au théâtre? Est-ce que tu aimes d'aller au théâtre?
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1answer
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Meaning of “comme toi” used as a reply

What does the phrase comme toi mean (in the following context)? According to google, it means “like you”. But it is not clear to me. Context: In a conversation between two friends (coming out of ...
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1answer
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How to classify the word “faire” in “tout faire”?

In the sentence Ils savent tout faire. what is the word faire? Is it a noun, as in They know everything, or a verb, as in They know (how to) do everything? Also, tout is singular masculine, ...
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Use of a possessive adjective for a permit

In the sentence “Grégoire est content parce qu'il a son permis de conduire maintenant.”, would you use the word son? If not which article would you use, if at all?
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Usage of les/des or nothing after the preposition “de”

In the sentence “Le train est en retard à cause de travaux sur la voie.”, should one insert “des”, “les” or nothing between “de” and “travaux”?
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How does the word “en” change meaning and proper ordering?

I came across this sentence: J'en suis encore malade… I was wondering about the structure and usage of en. Could the following sentences convey the same meaning? As a beginner, I would tend to ...
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1answer
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« Je t'ai manqué » : a-t-il deux interprétations ?

Je crois que peux dire « J'ai manqué le train » ou « Je l'ai manqué » pour signifier que j'étais en retard. Je peux aussi dire, « Je t'ai manqué » pour signifier « you missed me » dans le sens ...
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How does the passé composé change in passive voice?

I am having difficulty in getting the verb conjugation right in passive voice. I read somewhere that the verb takes the number and gender of the agent («subject» in English) . Is it true? Consider ...
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1answer
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Différence “gestionnaire de fortune” et “gérant de fortune”

De langue maternelle française, j'ai souvent entendu, notamment durant mon expérience professionnelle dans le milieu bancaire, les deux expressions gestionnaire de fortune et gérant de fortune. Je ...

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