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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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Common usage of “mon œil”?

When I first learned French in high school, we were taught that mon œil was a way of expressing disbelief to another person, accompanied by a silly finger-eye gesture. For the French users here, I was ...
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Règles pour ajouter “de” aux noms étrangers

À la radio, j'ai souvent entendu « Donald de Trump » ou « David de Cameron » — ou sans le « de ». Ceux qui ajoutent « de » prononcent aussi les noms plus « français ». Je ne me souviens pas de cas où ...
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How to say “I am taking an exam” in French?

In my textbook, the author uses the phrase "passer un examen," which translates to "to take an exam." So if I want to say that I am taking an exam, then should I conjugate "passer" and write : Je ...
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« C’est le livre que je te parle » : précurseurs de l'emploi en langue populaire etc. ?

Le pronom relatif que a le plus souvent la fonction de complément d’objet direct : Les livres que vous m’avez offerts m’ont beaucoup plu. Mais il tend aujourd’hui, et c’est une grave faute, à ...
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Reformulation d'une phrase [closed]

Comment peut-on reformuler la phrase suivante : "Une chute sensée contre laquelle vient buter cette investigation" dans ce contexte: "Plus nous avancions dans l’assemblage et le recensement ...
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1answer
121 views

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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Differentiating “I must not” and “I don't have to” ?

Take these two constructions: Il ne faut pas partir and: On ne doit pas partir Am I right that these both mean "It's not necessary to leave"? And then this: Il faut ne pas partir ...
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Faire des plans? [closed]

Je fais des plans pour voir un ami à Paris, mais je veux être sûr que j'exprime les choses correctement. Je veux lui dire que je considère à payer pour son billet de train pour qu'elle puisse me ...
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Where can I find good French audio resources for beginners?

I am a student, and I recently started taking French as a class. My vocabulary is OK, Duolingo teaches you well. But I need a better resource than a textbook, or Duolingo, as neither prepares you to ...
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1answer
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Pronunciation of Roman numerals in the names of monarchs? [duplicate]

Is Louis XVIII pronounced Louis dix-huit, or Louis dix-huitième ? I would assume it is the second, but I have found stranger language differences than that.
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French equivalent for “really?”

In English one can say 'really?' in a conversation to show interest and to imply 'tell me more'. What word in French could be used for the same thing?
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How to differentiate pronunciation of 1 or 2 Rs in courir conjugation?

Nous courons vs nous courrons? Nous courions vs nous courrions? Same with mourir, secourir, accourir, etc.. Same with conjugations for vous. How do you differentiate between them?
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Article défini / indéfini

Imaginez la situation où je rencontre mon ami dans une rue. Je lui donne un livre. Nous n'avons jamais parlé de ce livre avant. Je lui dis Tiens UN livre Dois-je utiliser l'article indéfini, ...
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Prépositions: “Il y a une question à/pour moi”

Il y a une question pour moi. Ça veut dire que la question m'est posée. C'est moi qui réponds. Il y a une question à moi. Est-ce que cette phrase signifie la même chose ? Ou est-ce une ...
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Proper conjugation in writing commands (to oneself)?

I sometimes write to-do list items in French, and often find it hard to decide how to conjugate items. E.g: Go to bed at 10 pm ->... se coucher a 10h? me coucher a 10h? coucher a 10h?
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Suitable translation for maxim statements

Occasionally I'd like to write something in French that is of a maxim form: To be A is to be B E.g.: “to be loved, is to be known” This is somewhere between uncommon and idiomatic in structure, ...
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What does “aussi bien” without “que” mean?

I feel like this must be really simple, but I'm confused by this sentence from Giles Deleuze's Spinoza: Philosophie pratique: [...] tout cela faisait de Spinoza un rebelle. Aussi bien Spinoza ne ...
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What's the french phrase meaning to be judged by the court of public opinion that is also used commonly in English? [closed]

What's the french phrase meaning to be judged by the court of public opinion that is also used commonly in English? If I'm not wrong, it has the letter 'cas' in it...
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Des synonymes (amusants et créatifs) de « il y a un problème » ?

On pointait tous les deux une direction différente, il y avait donc un problème. (...) je pense qu’il y a un problème. pourraient être tournés en : il y a des choses qui clochent / ...
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3answers
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How to say “Every five days” in French?

Which one would a native speaker say (most preferably) My attempt: Toutes les journée cinq. Google Translate : Tous le cinq jours.
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1answer
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La fameuse Madame Michu, who would she be in English? [closed]

regularly in French technical (or less technical) documentation, the common — also called lambda — user that has no prior technical knowledge is often represented by 'Madame Michu'. So I was ...
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Levres en retrait meaning

Recently we came across such an expression lèvres en retrait. I have explored all Internet resources, but unfortunately I could not find the answer. Could anyone explain the meaning of this phrase?
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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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1answer
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J'imagine que + subjonctif/indicatif

Je suis tombé sur cet exercice où je dois répondre en utilisant un subjonctif ou un indicatif. Mais je ne suis pas sûr de quel mode je dois utiliser dans la phrase ci-dessous: Il est possible ...
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Pronunciation of “du 11 septembre 2001”?

I would expect this to be pronounced "de l'onze septembre," despite being written with du instead of de l'. Is that correct? Is it only written this way because it's written with numerals?
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The meaning and etymology of “histoire de” / “histoire que”?

Two constructions I've often seen used in French are histoire de and histoire que, for example: Je me promène dans la rue, histoire de passer le temps. Tu n'as qu'à amener du vin, histoire que ...
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4answers
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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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2answers
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What is the term for “fanfiction” in French?

What is the commonly used term for "fanfiction" in french? Google gives me an identical translation "fanfiction", but I wonder if this is what French people actually use.
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1answer
66 views

Is this a correct use of dont, and auquel?

I wanted to ask if my following answers are correct Je sais pas dont je parle Means "I don't know what I'm talking about" right? And if you say Je sais pas ce que j'en parle Means "I ...
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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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2answers
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How to say growing up

I'm trying to work out how to say variations on the phrase "growing up" to refer to my childhood. Since this is idiomatic in English I don't think a direct translation will make sense.
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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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How to ask about length of time?

Particularly for asking how long something goes on for, e.g. How long is the movie? or How long will we be there for? I'm stabbing a guess at Combien de temps passe-t-il le film? and Combien de temps ...
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2answers
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Is this a typo in verb tense?

From the article on French Wikipedia on J.R.R. Tolkien: Tolkien commence à écrire pour son plaisir dans les années 1910, élaborant toute une mythologie autour de langues qu’il invente. Shouldn't ...
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1answer
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How to translate this very particular casual phrasing from English?

Okay, I'm hoping you'll get what I'm talking about; it's very specific. This is a thing many Americans do when speaking casually in a joking manner—we use the present indicative tense of a verb to ...
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2answers
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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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2answers
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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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3answers
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Is this a correct use of pour?

I wanted to translate "He is not allowed to go here" into French and I came up with the following, but I don't know which one is right Il n'est pas permis pour aller ici Which to me looks ok. ...
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2answers
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Understanding “j’y ai lu à livre ouvert”

The question is on the highlighted que clause in these excerpts from Camus's The Stranger, in which the main character is at trial for murder and the prosecutor says: « Je vous demande la tête de ...
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Accord du verbe quand sujet ambigu

Je souhaite exprimer le fait que les membres d'un groupe de musique se sont séparés, mais le nom du groupe est au singulier (ici "Le Vautour"). Dois-je écrire: Le Vautour s'est séparé. ou: ...
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1answer
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What is written in this old handwritten French text?

I found this old mary / pieta print and it had this old French text on the back. I'm wondering what it means and since the handwriting is challenging to transcribe it'd be great to get feedback on it. ...
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Correct use of indefinite articles with plural objects and singular subjects [duplicate]

What is the correct form of the given two: [La] transplantation de vaisseaux lymphatiques périphériques or [La] transplantation des vaisseaux lymphatiques périphériques
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Utilisation de « y » avec « atteindre »

Dans une phrase Je veux atteindre Paris dans quelques heures. est-ce que je peux remplacer 'Paris' par le pronom 'y' ? Dans la première phrase il n'y a pas de préposition 'à' pour utiliser 'y' ...
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What are the French “language buffer” words (aka “filler words”)?

I was curious as to how to translate some "filler words" that often appear in English speech but might not translate literally into French. For example, I might often say, "I guess," when talking ...
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1answer
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Why does “Rancunes et partis” translate into “And enmity and spouses” to English in Vive Henri Quatre?

I've been listening to some renaissance music and I stumbled upon the so called first french national anthem, and while listening I heard a few lyrics that confused me so I looked them up. But one ...
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3answers
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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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1answer
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What does the “y” stand for in “Je m'y attendais”?

What does the "y" stand for in "Je m'y attendais"? There's no À, and it certainly does not mention some place there. So why is there a "Y"?
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Quelle est la différence entre « par nature » et « de nature » ?

Je veux traduire la phrase suivante en français : Being an international school by nature, XYZ does not focus on promoting the multinational culture but instead on making profit. Est-ce que « par ...

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