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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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The French word “Or” (but not meaning gold)

Sorry if this is not a sensible question, but it is extremely difficult to search for information about the word "or"! I read the interview with Elisabeth Badinter, French feminist philosopher, in Le ...
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Sens de “agrégatif”

Quel est le sens du mot "agrégative" dans ce paragraphe qui fait partie d'un texte de Georges BALANDIER intitulé: Le sexuel et le social. Lecture anthropologique. La sexualité est socialisée ; le ...
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When should a direct object pronoun be ommitted?

I have recently begun to notice a number of places where the direct object is ommitted in translating from English to French. For instance, I saw I'll find it translated as Je vais trouver, rather ...
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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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How do you to tell the difference from “the more” (le/la/les plus) and “the most” (le/la/les plus) in French?

How do you tell the difference between "le plus" as in "the more" from "le plus" as in "the most" in French? As in "The more easy" vs. "The most easy"
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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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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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What justifies the use of “il” in “les yeux d'Andrée, qu'il faisait pointus” ?

Can someone explain or at least justify the use of the pronoun "il" in the following sentence? Avant que j’eusse terminé ma phrase, je vis dans les yeux d’Andrée, qu’il faisait pointus comme ces ...
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How do you translate something like “I have nothing to work with” in French?

I have been thinking and looking for answers for this for a long time, and I still can't find any answer. How, in French do you say something like "I have things to work with", "They have no people to ...
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Football: running onto a through ball

This is about football. "Once again, Jon Paice opened the scoring for Chelsea, running onto a through ball." Une fois encore, Jon Paice ouvrit le score pour Chelsea, en reprenant en pleine course ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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'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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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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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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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 “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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Reste-t-il en français des traces du système de cas du latin ?

Les différentes catégories de pronoms personnels — sujet, complément direct, complément indirect — sont en général décrites comme des survivances en français du système de cas du latin. Pour mémoire ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Quelle est l'origine du mot « binoches » pour désigner les toilettes?

J'ai déjà souvent entendu utiliser le mot « binoches » en lieu et place de « toilettes » (par exemple dans « Tu paies l'addition pendant que je vais aux binoches ? », mais je ne le trouve pas dans le ...
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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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What will be the negative form of “je dois acheter quelque chose”?

Will it be "je ne dois rien acheter" or "je ne dois rien de acheter"? Thanks
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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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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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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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