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2answers
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Quel bruit font les chevaux qui galopent ?

On lit parfois que les sabots des chevaux martèlent le sol. Y a-t-il d'autres mots pour indiquer le bruit que font les chevaux qui galopent, par exemple sur un champ de course où le sol est plus ...
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12answers
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How do you say “nail” (as in “get something right”) in French?

"Nail" is defined, according to Urban Dictionary, as "to complete a task successfully or get something right". Since it's a slang word, most translation dictionaries such as Word Reference, Larousse, ...
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7answers
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Expressing “There's no such thing as …” emphatically

All I've found are things such as "(Sujet), ça n'existe pas" or "Il n'y a pas de...", but I find that too simple to convey the whole meaning of the English expression. As a non-native English speaker ...
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1answer
64 views

Are “de + adjective” and the “que de + adjective” essentially the same construction?

The question is on the de + adjective and the que de + adjective constructions as appear in these passages from Camus's The Stranger. de + adj.: Je me suis souvenu dans ces moments d’une histoire ...
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2answers
95 views

What are the French equivalents to “sea resort”?

So I was working on the Theme: Vacations/Holidays and I first encountered the word: la station de ski which can be translated as a "ski resort" in English. Alright. Then I thought about how could one ...
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“Dire avoir connu”?

Trying to figure out if this is a fixed phrase, or a grammatical construction I'm just unfamiliar with. It's from a children's version of Le Comte de Monte-Cristo. See the bolded portion: Certains ...
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1answer
62 views

What is the point of “de” in this sentence?

I'm reading a French article to practice my reading skills and I've come across this sentence: Les scientifiques ont constaté qu'une personne seule a un risque accru de 29% de souffrir d'une crise ...
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81 views

How do I say: “I always get stung” in French using “Je me fais piquer”?

I need to know how to say “I always get stung/bitten” in French. I need it to be using Je me fais piquer and toujours. I don't know where to put toujours.
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3answers
57 views

Understanding “Tout ce que je connaissais de précis sur cet homme”

The question is on de précis as highlighted in this passage from Camus's The Stranger. Je me suis souvenu dans ces moments d’une histoire que maman me racontait à propos de mon père. Je ne l’avais ...
2
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1answer
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Comment appelle-t-on ces trucmuches sur les bretelles permettant d'en ajuster la longueur ?

Adapté de l'original (User Stuz sur en.wikipedia, GFDL/cc by-sa) Sur une salopette (Wiki.), par exemple, comment appelle-t-on ces trucmuches sur les bretelles permettant d'en ajuster la longueur ? ...
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3answers
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Quels sont les noms des outils d'un « carpenter » et de quel métier s'agit-il ?

Pouvez-vous svp m'aider à identifier ces outils et à comprendre à quel métier on associe généralement le carpenter dans ce contexte ? Quels sont les noms courants de ces outils (1-7) ? En regardant ...
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2answers
64 views

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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1answer
52 views

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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1answer
79 views

« 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 se ...
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3answers
128 views

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 ...
2
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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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2answers
115 views

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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3answers
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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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2answers
44 views

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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1answer
44 views

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 ...
6
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2answers
494 views

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 small=...
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7answers
2k views

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 ...
4
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2answers
106 views

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 ...
3
votes
1answer
44 views

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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3answers
51 views

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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1answer
73 views

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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1answer
97 views

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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3answers
105 views

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
83 views

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 qu'...
2
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2answers
140 views

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 d'...
8
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5answers
291 views

Difference between “soudain” and “soudainement”?

Soudain seems to be used to mean suddenly, but then when should soudainement be used? I can't discern a clear difference in usage other than that soudain is more often at the beginning of a sentence.
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3answers
128 views

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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2answers
80 views

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.
3
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2answers
244 views

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 ...
7
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2answers
391 views

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
68 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 don'...
0
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2answers
40 views

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 ...
0
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1answer
31 views

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 ...
2
votes
4answers
101 views

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 ...
2
votes
3answers
265 views

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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0answers
41 views

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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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 ...
6
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2answers
135 views

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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4answers
86 views

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: ...
3
votes
1answer
148 views

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. ...
3
votes
2answers
98 views

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 ...
2
votes
1answer
89 views

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 ...
2
votes
3answers
94 views

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' ...
2
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1answer
37 views

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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votes
2answers
117 views

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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