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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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How do you construct sentences like “I can't go without/with you having eaten breakfast” or “I can't eat with/without you here” [duplicate]

I have been having the most immense confusion on how to translate sentences like "I can't go without you having eaten breakfast" or "I can't go with you having acted like that" I feel like I've asked ...
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Understanding “je ne lis rien que de monstrueux”

The question is on de monstrueux as highlighted in this passage from Camus's The Stranger. Ici, le procureur a essuyé son visage brillant de sueur. Il a dit enfin que son devoir était douloureux, ...
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La différence entre “Je peux t'en prêter 5$” et “Je peux te prêter 5$”

Je ne comprends pas la différence entre "Je peux t'en prêter 5$" et "Je peux te prêter 5$". Pour moi, c'est normal pour dire "Je peux te prêter 5$", mais il y a beaucoup de résultats sur Google avec ...
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Si une personne tutoie, est-il obligatoire que l'autre le fasse aussi?

The question is related to this answer to a question asked on the Academia Stack Exchange, where the OP wishes to know the best way to address his PhD adviser in written communication. According to ...
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How are clauses which complement the subject with a verb in the -ing form constructed in French?

Would a -ing verb in a sentence in English always be translated by a verb ending in "ant" in French? I've come up with the folowing : Vous, et moi ayant seulement.... (You and me, only having ...
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Placement of ne and pas to mean “What have you not done?”

I've been having a hard time translating “What have you not done” in French, I know how to say “What have you done”. Qu'as fait tu ? But I don't know how to say “What have you not done” without ...
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“suite de l'épreuve de” meaning

I have been in France for a week. Today I get some draft papers in the laboratory to do my job. There is a note in the draft paper named "suite de l'épreuve de". What does it mean? P/s: I used google ...
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Quel est le mot en français pour “proficient” (niveau de compétence linguistique)?

En anglais, nous disons "proficient". Par exemple, dans un CV nous pouvons trouver: "French (proficient), Spanish (advanced)". Le niveau "proficient" est supérieur au niveau "advanced" et signifie ...
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Why does “Je t'aime” have an elision whereas “Tu es bête” has no elision?

So we'll go with the translations. Tu es bête → You are stupid. Je t'aime → I love you. There is an elision in "Je t'aime", while "tu" is spelled in full in "Tu es". Why is the first one ...
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The question of aspect in “il a été beaucoup plus long”

The question is on the grammatical aspect of a été in this passage from Camus's The Stranger. The narrator is on trail for murder. The prosecutor (il below) has already made much of the narrator's ...
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Placement of the reflexive pronoun in modal contexts

The question is on the placement of nous, the reciprocal pronoun, in this passage from Camus's The Stranger. Il disait qu’il s’était penché sur elle et qu’il n’avait rien trouvé, messieurs les ...
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tendresse qui parcourt la thèse

Source: rapport à propos d'une thèse de doctorat autour du thème "sexe et politique" Je sais que le mot "tendresse" signifie le sentiment d'affection et d'amour mais il veut dire quoi dans ce ...
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What is the difference between “quelques” and “quelques-uns”?

According to the dictionary, they both mean 'some'.
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« Ben manque » : bien volontiers ou le contraire de peu… de chances etc. ?

On dit que la locution adverbiale québécoise « ben manque », pour probablement/sûrement, est surtout employée dans l'est du Québec, en particulier dans le Bas St-Laurent, en Gaspésie, ou même sur la ...
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domination originairement subie [closed]

Pouvez vous reformuler cette phrase dont je n'ai pas pu saisir le sens, surtout la partie de "domination originairement subie": Il s’impose déjà au plan de la compréhension de l’articulation entre ...
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What rules govern the usage of “tout” to mean “very”?

I sometimes see tout used where I might expect très, such as in this sentence: On vient d'un tout petit village dans les Ardennes. Is there a limited set of words for which it is normal to use ...
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“On y trouve de tout”?

I heard this said by a native speaker, translated in subtitles as "We can find anything there." (With reference to shopping in Reims.) I have not seen trouver de qch before. I would have thought this ...
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Bâtiment vs bâtisse ?

A google image search shows bâtisse to bring up many old stone buildings, while bâtiment brings up many newer and larger ones. Both seem to translate to building as a noun. What is the difference?
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Y'all come back now, y'hear?

Récemment j'ai dit à mon chat : « Tu dois retourner, tu entends ? » pendant que je lui permettais de sortir, mais je pense qu'il y a une meilleure traduction pour cette phrase en anglais, indiquée ...
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Confusion about Pronoun Rules

I came across the following sentence: Mon père pense que les jeunes passent trop de temps en ligne mais je ne suis pas tout à fait d'accord avec il. Now the word "il" refers to "père." So my ...
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Distinguishing between “ne… que” vs. “ne (littéraire)… que”

Here's a sentence¹ that I stumbled over: On ne saurait en conclure (comme on l'a fait parfois) que l'achimie fut, par example, une sorte de religion à mystères: elle en emprunta simplement ...
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How do you say “What is the dragon holding” in french

I have tried most of the on-line translators but I don't think they give the right answer. Many Thanks
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Traduction française de “internet friend”? / French translation of “internet friend”?

In English we refer to people who we only talk to online, and whom we don't know in real life, as internet friends. I've tried brutishly translating this as ami d'internet or copine d'internet but the ...
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Usage of “par la même occasion” vs “en même temps”?

I understand both of these phrases to mean at the same time, but I'm unsure of how their exact meaning and usage varies.
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Mots qui ne se prononcent pas du tout comme ils s'écrivent

Cette liste de mots ne donne que des nuances de prononciation. Au contraire de flemme (flème), y a-t-il d'autres mots, tel que femme (fame), qui ne se prononcent pas du tout comme ils s'écrivent ...
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Tense and mood of “comme si elles eussent essayé”

In the following phrase from Les Trois Mousquetaires, is eussent essayé in the conditionnel passé II or the subjonctif plus-que-parfait? [...] celles-ci leur laissaient presque toujours de ...
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What is the rule behind the use of “de” in this sentence?

Consider the following sentence: Il n'est pas difficile de comprendre pourquoi le samedi est ma journée favorite. According to me if one removes the de before comprendre the sentence should ...
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Non seulement… mais (aussi) : surenchère et opposition, avec ou sans adverbe après la conjonction ?

On voit que quelqu'un comme Cicéron employait non solum... sed etiam (non seulement... mais aussi), ainsi que non solum... sed (non seulement... mais). Au TLFi on remarque que dans ce contexte ...
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How can you say “Looking forward to hearing from you soon”?

Google translates it as J'attends avec impatience d'avoir de tes nouvelles. I think it's a good translation, but I'm not completely sure.
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Is “variété” used to refer to music?

I was watching this video while practicing my listening comprehension, and was struck by the fact that the girl refers to music as variété and this is widely understood to refer to music by everyone ...
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“Including x” (as a note) in French?

I want to write when my university studies started and ended. Something like "Six years (including a gap year). There are several translations to "include/including", and I don't know which to use. ...
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Doute autre d'utiliser des adjectifs

J'apprends les adjectifs en ce moment et j'ai un doute. Je sais qu'il y a des adjectifs qui se placent avant les noms. Souvent ils sont appellés "BAGS". Un adjectif qui appartient à de ce groupe est ...
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How do I say “misunderstood” in French?

I want to say When you text someone instead of speaking to them, it is easy to be misunderstood, and you could offend the other person. How would I say this?
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Do you have to repeat the word “pour” in sentences?

I want to say: J'utilise mon portable pour faire des recherches. Je m'en sers aussi pour bavarder avec mes amis et pour contacter mes copains. Am I correct by repeating the word pour? Have I ...
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In French how do you something like “Thank you for cooking” or “I love you for being great” and sentences like that? [duplicate]

I've been wondering how to say something like "I love you for being great" or "Thank you for eating with me" in French. What tense/mood do you use to conjugate the verbs in? I'll be using the ...
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Ça vs. ca in French

I've started learning French recently, and I've been having a hard time knowing when to use ça or ca in sentences. What are the differences between these two words and how did they etymologically ...
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Can you put adverbs at the start of a sentence in French?

Is it grammatically correct to use an adverb at the start of a sentence in French like in English? Like in the sentences Seriously, stop it! Really? Or any sentence that uses an adverb ...
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Understanding “l’intérêt qu’on trouve à occuper les gens ne dure pas longtemps”

The question is on the highlighted sentence in this excerpt from Camus's The Stranger. The narrator is on trial for murder. Même sur un banc d’accusé, il est toujours intéressant d’entendre ...
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Verb suffixes in French

In French, there are three of these endings, as far as I know, and they go as follows: -er -ir -re How did these suffixes evolve and why did certain verbs get certain endings? Also, why are there ...
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“I want to spend the rest of my life with you” in French ?

I want to spend the rest of my life with you ... I am looking for a translation but not necessary a word by word. I mean is : Je veux terminer le restant de mes jours avec toi fits here??
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Can “ce que”, “ce qui”, and “ça” be used to refer to things previously mentioned

Can the words "ce que", "ce qui" and "ça" be used to refer to something previously mentioned? Like in the sentence Nous allons parler de ce que "Let's talk about that" This En ce qu'un ...
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Which tense would you use to say “Back then, I would go to the store every day”?

I have been having a lot of trouble trying to translate sentences like "Back then, I would go to the store every day", since I am unsure which tense to use. Would you use present conditional? À ...
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Why are there (seemingly) unnecessary “à”s and “de”s in these sentences?

In the sentence Parce que la préposition à indique un mouvement Is the à necessary? Can't you just say Parce que la préposition indique un mouvement In another sentence which has a ...

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