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What is the difference between "mère" and "mère de famille"?

What is the difference between "mère" and "mère de famille"? Are they interchangeable?

sens expressions noms différence  
asked by Franck Dernoncourt 8 votes
answered by Destal 11 votes

"Cette affaire l'est pour une autre raison." - what's that "l" there supposed to mean?

This is a short dialogue from a podcast for students of French. It's just two people talking: Wal-Mart est le plus grand employeur dans le secteur privé aux États-Unis. Cette entreprise emploie ...

grammaire pronoms-personnels  
asked by user69786 7 votes
answered by Greg 11 votes

Le blanc lumineux, en tant que couleur

Le latin a le mot "candidus" pour désigner un "blanc lumineux". Ce mot existe aussi dans d'autres langues. "Cannaid" en gallois, etc... Y a-t-il en français ou vieux français, ou dans un dialecte ...

vocabulaire latin lexique ancien-français  
asked by Quidam 4 votes
answered by aCOSwt 3 votes

Conveying the meaning of "Last nail in the coffin" with "(le) dernier clou dans le cercueil"

The other day, I was trying to convey the meaning of the Last nail in the coffin. The literal translation Dernier clou dans le cercueil. seems to be unknown to natifs. (Some students ...

expressions traduction anglais  
asked by Dimitris 4 votes
answered by LPH 3 votes

After which verbs there shouldn’t be partitive article?

I’ve noticed that before "vin", when one wants to say that he likes it, there is no partitive article: j’aime le vin. But the rule says, that a partitive article must be used before ...

articles  
asked by Артур Клочко 3 votes
answered by jlliagre 4 votes

What's the French term for grilled cheese sandwich?

My French-English dictionary says that it's "croque-monsieur" but I googled it and that's a version with melted cheese on top. Is there a different term for a grilled cheese sandwich without cheese on ...

vocabulaire  
asked by Mike8910 3 votes
answered by DominiqueH 2 votes

What does "lequel" mean in this sentence, and how does the rest of its grammar operate?

Taken from a transcript of an RFI podcast, I cannot make any sense out of the sentence starting with lequel : Un vieil homme explique, terrifié, que ces étrangers sont venus pour "palabrer", ...

grammaire syntaxe  
asked by temporary_user_name 3 votes
answered by Papa Poule 7 votes

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What does “est-ce que” really mean?

My French teacher said that est-ce que comes before a what question, but I'm confused on what it really means. Can someone explain to me what it really means?

grammaire questions interrogative  
asked by IHeartBunnies 18 votes
answered by bronxbomber92 26 votes

Purée, punaise, putain !

Les exclamations « purée » ou « punaise » sont souvent (mais pas toujours je pense) utilisables à la place de l'exclamation « putain » mais sont moins grossières. Le fait qu'elles commencent par la ...

expressions jurons origine-ou-raison  
asked by Julien Guertault 20 votes
answered by Laure SO - Écoute-nous 29 votes

Remplacer « J'espère que tu vas bien »

Je commence souvent mes mails ou mes courriers par cette formule Bonjour X, J’espère que tu vas bien ... Une formule toute faite. Oui, c’est vrai. Mais, est-ce qu'il y a d'autres formules ...

expressions correspondance  
asked by famas22 2 votes
answered by LPH 2 votes

Qu'est-ce que ça veux dire « pécho » ?

Qu'est-ce que veux dire: « Il a pécho tape dans tes mains » ?? J'ai toujours entendu ce mot « pécho » mais je ne le comprends pas !

expressions argot verlan  
asked by Chiara 4 votes
answered by Relaxed 8 votes

Doit-on écrire « sûrement » ou « surement » ?

J'ai pour habitude d'écrire sûrement avec un û mais j'ai entendu dire que l'on pouvait écrire surement sans accent circonflexe sur le u. Est-ce vrai ? Si oui, existe-t-il une règle ? Si non, quelle ...

orthographe diacritiques  
asked by Zistoloen 13 votes
answered by Un francophone 15 votes

Comment s'appellent les bulles dans les bandes dessinées ?

Y a-t-il un nom particulier donné aux bulles utilisées pour faire parler les personnages dans les bandes dessinées ? Je parle de ces bulles-là:

vocabulaire demande-de-mot  
asked by Mesop 19 votes
answered by Stamm 32 votes

Differences between verbs “sortir” and “partir”

Both sortir and partir are the same in meaning. But what is the difference between these words in particular?

vocabulaire choix-de-mot  
asked by Mohsen Gh. 10 votes
answered by Shlublu 13 votes

Can you answer these questions?

EN in these sentences

Two sentences that I can't quite grasp their meaning. Both have "EN" in it. Paragraph: "Le loup fronce les sourcils. Des vaguelettes de poils hérissés viennent mourir au bord de son museau. Il ...

grammaire en  
asked by davidpolygoth 1 vote
answered by LPH 0 votes

Ambiguities with "again" and "yet"? (i.e. "encore")

I'm not sure if this question is too broad, but I'll give it a try. Noticing how "yet"/"still" is the same word as "again", that is, "encore", I get the feeling I will stumble with some ambiguities ...

choix-de-mot  
asked by JD Gamboa 1 vote
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