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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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« 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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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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What is this “en” doing? “… qui n'en tient pas moins un rôle important…”

Here's a sentence from Giles Deleuze's Spinoza: Philosophie pratique that I'm slightly puzzled by: Le père de Spinoza semble lui-même un sceptique, qui n'en tient pas moins un rôle important dans ...
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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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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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Understanding “Il m’a semblé alors reconnaître le sentiment que je lisais sur tous les visages.”

The question is on the highlighted sentence in this passage from Camus's The Stranger. Nous avons attendu très longtemps, près de trois quarts d’heure, je crois. Au bout de ce temps, une sonnerie ...
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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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How to give a clothes measurement in French?

In order to narrow down the focus of the question, I'll mention the standard sizes whose French translation is required. They are as follows: Small Medium Large Extra Large Now, I know that ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is this the correct way to use “jusqu'à” ?

Here is what I have written: On doit étudier toutes les matières jusqu'à partir de la troisième. Ensuite, on peut choisir entre les sciences économiques et la technologie, mais c'est obligatoire ...
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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 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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Regarding usage and history of special character/symbols/diacritics in French? [closed]

What are these special characters (symbols) meant for? Do they have well-defined purposes, and is there any rhyme or reason to how they came to appear in the words that use them? I mean : à â ä æ ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What is rule of saying using de after “Le prix de la salade de tomates…”

Generally with food we use du, de la, de l' and des according to the Gender and Number. In this case is, de+la=de la, or is it simply de+ la salade de tomates? What I mean to ask is that whether the ...
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What is this inversion called, and is it formal or normal?

There's a certain type of interrogative phrasing I often stumble over, which I have always called complex inversion but which I am not sure of the real name for. I don't know why I thought it was ...
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Aisément vs facilement?

Is there any difference in the connotation or usage between these two words, which are both translations for easily ?
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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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Doubt in “C'est … et s'appelle …” sentence construction

If I want to say, "It is a special meal and is called Kheer" then is this the correct way to write it in French? C'est un repas spécial et s'appelle « Kheer ». The problem that I am facing is ...
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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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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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Origine de l'expression “trouze-mille”

L'expression "trouze-mille" est une expression que j'entends régulièrement pour parler d'un grand chiffre, sans plus de précision. Pourtant, je ne trouve que de très rare définitions. Aucun des ...
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Comment dire “Enterprise File Synchronization and Sharing” (EFSS) en français ?

EFSS (Enterprise File Synchronization and Sharing) est le domaine des logiciels permettant aux employés de synchroniser, partager and collaborer sur des documents/photos/vidéos/fichiers avec leur ...
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How did “Allez, viens!” originate?

This phrase has never made much sense to me. It's a 2nd-person plural imperative followed by a 1st/2nd person singular non-imperative. I understand it to me "C'mon, let's go!" but it's not clear to ...
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Saint-Exupery: «rouler dans la crasse comme ces canons aux amarres rompues…»

I think I understand each of the individual words in this sentence from Saint-Exupery's Terre des hommes, but I really can't make sense of the whole phrase: «...toutes les montagnes semblent au ...
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Usage of “baiser”?

Okay, so in English at least, it's pretty normal to mention kissing, whereas depending on the context, it's pretty inappropriate to mention fucking or fucking someone over. Yet apparently baiser ...
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When to use “pas” vs. “non” in expressing “not [adjective/adverb]”?

Sometimes I see it written one way, such as non seulement for not only, and sometimes the other way, with pas. When to use which? Is there a difference? Are they interchangeable? I don't mean with ...
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Why does French use a “split negative”?

I'm referring to such constructions as ne [verb] pas, ne [verb] que, ne [verb] jamais, etc. In Spanish, the negative precedes the verb: No lo quiero. In Anglo-Saxon languages, the negative ...
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If “Je t'aime” means “I love you”, how do you say “I like you” in French while still addressing the other person as “tu”?

There doesn't seem to be a way to indicate that one only likes a person with whom one is friends, rather than loves them. Is there a way to indicate this while still referring to the friend as 'tu'?

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