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Saisissez vs. Cle [closed]

I'm under the impression that the words "saisissez" and "clé" mean the same thing: "key". Is there a meaningful difference between the two words? Do they have any alternate meanings?
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reformulation de “pourra lui être unie dans l’exception, la transgression” [closed]

Pouvez-vous reformuler cette phrase: Les sœurs du souverain lui sont liées sous le régime de l’ambiguïté puisque l’une d’entre elles – dans plusieurs royaumes – pourra lui être unie dans ...
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Que veut dire l’expression « de tradition » ?

Dans un texte anthropologique (Le sexuel et le social. Lecture anthropologique de Georges Balandier dans les Cahiers internationaux de sociologie) je trouve dans des phrases l’expression « de ...
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How to say “I was being” in French?

How do you say "I was being/having" in French? As in "I was being killed" or "I was being bullied" or "I was having a great time" or "I was having a drink" Is there a certain tense to this? Or do the ...
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Is this a correct usage of the conditional past perfect?

Is this a correct usage of the conditional past perfect to translate “I would have had it! Without you always ruining everything!”? Je l'aurais avait! Sans toi toujours en train de ruiner tout! ...
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L'expression « sa propre salive » est-elle une figure de style ?

L'expression « sa propre salive » indique-t-elle dans ce contexte une figure de style ou non ? [...] ce rituel royal, il signifie la reprise de puissance, de force fécondante, de pouvoir, et ...
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Arrêter, suspendre, surseoir ou finir ?

Administrativement parlant, do we say "arrêtez svp de m'envoyer des e-mails" or "terminez svp..." or something else like "finissez", "surseoir", "suspendre"? I have no idea about that? What is the ...
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How do you say “Which instrument do you play” in French?

Since to play an instrument in French is "Jouer de", I wonder where the de goes when it's interrogative. I think "Which instrument do you play" in French would be "Quel instrument jouez-vous" but ...
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How to say “Is he not here?” in French?

How do you say something like "Is Charles not here" in French? Do you say "Charles n'est pas ici?" or for the sentence "Is she not there", "N'est pas elle là"? The second example sounds wrong, and I ...
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How do you say “He is good at playing” or “I am bad at writing” in French?

I've been looking for translations online, but all of them don't fit what I want to say. I'm having trouble translating something like "He is good at playing the piano" in French, because what I get ...
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Any suggestions on shows/movies/youtubers to increase French listening skills?

I have been looking for ways to improve my French listening skills and so far I have only found one youtuber that has helped me (Françaisavecpierre) Do any of you have any suggestions? And can you ...
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Are these correct uses of “auquel”, “duquel”, and “dont”?

Is this a correct use of auquel? C'est le garçon auquel je pense Is this a correct use of duquel? C'est le bœuf duquel je parle Is this a correct use of dont? Il est le professeur ...
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What organization is the official guardian of the French language in France and/or worldwide?

I seem to recall that there is an organization in France that is the worldwide canonical guardian of the French language. Or maybe it's just for France. But I do not remember its name. In Canada, I ...
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An English equivalent for: “on voyait s'élever”, “on leur répondait” in an ambiguous context?

What is the exact sense of "on voyait s'élever" in the text below? Depuis quelques années déjà les amis de M. Ader avaient vent d'une machine à voler que le savant électricien devait un jour ou ...
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How informal are “t'as” and “t'aimes” and similar contractions of tu?

I very often see transcriptions of French speech abbreviate "tu as" to "t'as" and "tu aimes" to "t'aimes" and similar such contractions. I understand this is not formally correct but is generally how ...
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«Que philosopher, c'est apprendre à mourir»

What's the grammatical purpose of que in this construction (due to Cicéron)? I would have expected it to read, «Philosopher, c'est apprendre à mourir».
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What's the subject of this relative clause?

I'm reading Rousseau, citoyen du futur, by Jean-Paul Jouary, and somewhat embarrassingly, I can't figure out this sentence: La seconde partie complète ce corpus, proposant des textes qui éclairent ...
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How to formulate questions with a compound tense?

In France is it practical to say something like "A Janice écrit la lettre?" Or "Janice, a-t-elle écrit la lettre?". Also, can you say something like "Janice, l'a-t-elle écrit?"
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Que signifie « l'allocation des épouses » ?

Je n'ai pas pu saisir le sens exact de l'expression « l'allocation des épouses » dans ce contexte (Le sexuel et le social. Lecture anthropologique de Georges Balandier dans les Cahiers internationaux ...
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Is this a correct use of “duquel”?

Is this a correct translation of "This generation has the potential to make the foundation of what could possibly be the future of human existence in the cosmos"? "Cette génération a le potentiel à ...
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How do you say “with” or “without” as in “I can't do that with you dying”?

How do you say "without -subject- -verb-" as in "I can't do that with you dying"?
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How to say “by” in French as in “What do you mean by”

How do you say "by" in French as in "What do you mean by that" do you use the word "par"? Also a bit out of topic, how do you say "It can improve your memory a lot" do you use "un beaucoup"? Because ...
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Does the placement of “tout” change the meaning of the sentence?

"Nous disons tout" means "We tell all" but "Nous tout disons" means "We all tell" right? If this is true does that mean I can say "Nous tout allons te dire tout" as "We are all going to tell you all" ...
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How to say “I look” as in “I look stupid” in French?

How do you say "I look" as in "I look pretty/stupid/etc"? Do you use ressemble? Also, out of topic: how do you say "you seem adjective", and how do you express "pretty" as in "That's pretty dumb"?
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How to say “at least” as in “at least help me!”

How do you express "At least" as in the sentence "At least help me!" I think it's (literally) "au moins" but that sounds a bit strange. Thanks!
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Ways to express “what's happening”, “what happened”, or “what will happen” in French

I've been having trouble looking for ways to say "what happened", "what's happening", and "what will happen" in French. I feel it's "Ce qui s'a passé", "Ce qui se passe", and "Ce qui se passera". ...
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Que veut dire l'expression « se dire par » ?

Que veut dire l'expression « se disent » dans ce contexte (Le sexuel et le social. Lecture anthropologique de Georges Balandier dans les Cahiers internationaux de sociologie, vol. 76, janvier-juin ...
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Is this a correct translation of “I don't want them to die”?

Is "Je ne veux pas qu'ils à mourir" a good translation or should you use "Je ne veux pas qu'ils meurent"?
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Que veut dire « la charge de la première enfance » dans ce texte ?

Je travaille sur un texte dans lequel on essaye de montrer que les hommes eux aussi peuvent « engendrer » les enfants grâce à l'initiation masculine vue comme rupture avec le passé maternel de ...
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How to say “this early” as in “I have never been this early” in French?

How do you say something like "I have never been this bad" in French? Or something like that? How do you say the "This bad" part? Also, do you say "I have never been" as "Je n'ai jamais été"? Or is ...
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In the sentence “Charles est beau, mais son frère ne l'est pas” what does the “l'” stand for?

In the sentence "Charles est beau, mais son frère ne l'est pas" what does the "l'" stand for? Does it stand for the adjective "Beau"?
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Is the sentence “Comment ce garçon a résolu un cube rubix en seulement six secondes ?” correct?

Is the following sentence correct? Comment ce garçon de quinze ans a résolu un cube rubix en seulement six secondes ? I want it to be translated into How did this fifteen year old boy solve ...
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How to say “Even” as in “We can't even cook a little bit”?

How do you express the word "even" as in: I can't even do that!' Also, a bit out of topic, how do you express the word "like" as in: Like seriously! Like honestly, I can't stand them even ...
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How to say “at music” as in “Better than me at music” in french?

Or how do you say "He's better than me at playing music" or "Better than me at classical music" in French. Do you say "Il est mieux que moi dans/a/sur la musique classique"? Or is that wrong? How do ...
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How to say “though” and the use of “pourtant”

How do I say "though" like in the sentence "There was food though"? Could you say "pourtant, il y avait des nourritures" or "Il y avait des nourritures pourtant"?
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Is the sentence “Je me sentais de la même façon que tu te sens maintenant” correct?

Is "Je me sentais de la même façon que tu te sens maintenant" correct? I want it to mean "I felt the same way that you're feeling now" Can I use "en ce moment" at the end instead of "Maintenant", and ...
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L'expression « opérateurs sociaux » ?

Comment peut-on comprendre l'expression « opérateurs sociaux » dans ce contexte: Les femmes sont un des objets de l'échange matrimonial et non un des partenaires entre lesquels il a lieu. Il en ...
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Comment utiliser « il y a » ?

J'ai cherché la traduction de l'expression « il y a » mais je suis confus. Le livre que j'utilise déclare que l'expression « il y a » signifie « there are / there is » en anglais. Cependant, l'auteur ...
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À quoi réfèrent « la première » et « la deuxième » dans ce contexte ?

Je voudrais savoir ce que représentent les expressions « la première » et « la deuxième » dans ce contexte (Le sexuel et le social. Lecture anthropologique de Georges Balandier dans les Cahiers ...
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What does it mean when there's a “C'est” after “ce, cet, cettes, ou ces”?

In the sentence "Cette c'est de la merde, j'ai perdu cinq minutes de ma vie", why is there a "c'est" beside "cette" why can't you just say "c'est"? Why do people do this and is it necessary?
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Meaning of “je vais pas en plus venir…” ?

I stumbled upon the sentence: Déjà je suis née fille, je vais pas en plus venir parler la première. I get the meaning of the sentence, that's not the problem. The problem is with en plus venir. ...
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Most common ways of remarking something is weird, strange, or unusual?

A very common remark in English is simply weird, or that's weird, to express that something is generally unexpected. What's the most common way of expressing this in French? I don't want to just look ...
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How do we use articles with the “chef”, in French? Which is correct “Vous êtes le/un chef”?

Which sentences are correct? Vous êtes le chef. Vous êtes un chef. Vous êtes chef. And if they correct in some context, what do they mean?
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Could anyone please explain the meaning of this theme song (Le petit Nicolas) [closed]

I am trying to learn French and I came across this cartoon called Le Petit Nicolas. It has a catchy theme song, which I cannot understand. I mean I can literally translate it, but I believe that there ...
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« Je, singulièrement animé à chérir ce qui, aimable, n'est pas aimé, entre toutes saisons le plus aime l'hiver » : le pronom conjoint isolé ?

Je, singulièrement animé à chérir ce qui, aimable, n'est pas aimé, entre toutes saisons le plus aime l'hiver, et poursuivre ce sens de la pâleur Trophonienne sur sa face. [...] [ I, ...
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“Une machine à voler et non à voler”. What kind of negation is the “non”?

I do not get the meaning of "Une machine à voler... à travers les airs, et non à voler... son prochain." (see the text). Did that machine fly or it did not? I tried to find an english version: "A ...
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Indicating imparfait in indirect reporting as coming from présent or imparfait

I understand that both présent and imparfait in direct speech become imparfait in indirect reporting. But suppose someone said: Je sais et je savais. (It is an example I made up and so may not ...
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“vous ne laisserez pas que de m'estimer”

I'm reading Les Trois Mousquetaires, and I'm having trouble with this sentence. I take it to mean something like "you'll esteem me all the same". WordReference says that "ne pas laisser de" is a dated ...
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Where can I find a well-organized free french lessons website?

I'm starting to grasp French, but in my journey of finding good resources I haven't been able to find a good site with a good structure of lessons. What I'm looking for is a French site with lessons ...
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l'expression “s'y informe”

Que veut dire l'expression "s'y informe" dans ce contexte : La sexualité humaine est un phénomène social total : tout s'y joue, s'y exprime, s'y informe dès le commencement des sociétés.

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