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Comment transposer l'emploi des « crickets » signifiant le silence ou l'absence de communication ?

"I asked him where things stand on the contract. All I heard was.... (crickets)." (Urban Dictionary) "She promised to give me a progress report last week. Since then --- crickets "(...

anglais comparaison-de-langues zoologie onomatopées  
asked by baie d'euzellecité 4 votes
answered by jlliagre 9 votes

old french: How was "ie" pronounced before "ie" turned into "je"?

I learned a few days ago that "j" is a fairly new letter. I looked up some samples of antique french books(pre-1633) and found a lot of words like (Saint)"Iaques", "ie", &...

ancien-français  
asked by Dmitry 3 votes
answered by sumelic 1 vote

Ordre des adjectifs en français

Il semble qu'en anglais l'ordre d'un groupe d'adjectif soit bien spécifique: “Adjectives in English absolutely have to be in this order: opinion-size-age-shape-colour-origin-material-purpose Noun. So ...

grammaire  
asked by dargaud 3 votes

Is 'Qui' always used with a singular verb?

Les hommes parlent sans cesse. If I were to frame the question which brought out this response, would it be: Qui parle sans cesse? Or Qui parlent sans cesse? I felt that it should be the second one, ...

grammaire pronoms  
asked by JustSomeoneYouMightSee 2 votes
answered by vc 74 5 votes

D'où vient l'expression "en derrière de"?

J'ai entendu plusieurs fois l'expression "en derrière de XXX" (pour dire, je pense, "derrière XXX"). Savez-vous d'où elle vient ?

régionalismes  
asked by Anne Aunyme 2 votes
answered by Gilles 'SO nous est hostile' 3 votes

When did "nid-de-pie" begin to be used with the sense of "lookout point"?

It seems that in old Spanish dictionaries, the word adrianes is translated as "Nids de Pie": This is taken from the Palet dictionary, published in 1604. Other authors have also included ...

sens histoire noms  
asked by Charlie 2 votes
answered by jlliagre 2 votes

Does "en" means "about it" in "Vous en avez trouvé une"?

I got a sentence about en. Vous en avez trouvé une. The history is about looking for a solution. Vous avez cherché une solution et vous en avez trouvé une. What does en mean in this case? I know ...

grammaire prépositions en  
asked by Daniel Mårtensson 1 vote
answered by Dimitris 2 votes

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Is there any difference between “D'accord” and “Okay/OK”?

Recently, I've been around native French speakers on a daily basis and constantly hear phrases like “Ah! d'accord, okay”, but from my (very basic) understanding of French, they mean the same thing. ...

expressions usage vocabulaire  
asked by dsgriffin 17 votes

Que veut dire l'expression « Blaireau, va! »?

Que veut dire l'expression « Blaireau, va! »? Est-ce lié à la bande dessinée Parker & Badger?

sens insultes  
asked by Mike M. Lin 9 votes
answered by Benoît 13 votes

"It is what it is" in French

According to https://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/it+is+what+it+is this idiomatic expression is used to talk about the The situation, circumstance, or outcome (that) has already happened or been ...

anglais expressions-idiomatiques  
asked by Dimitris 16 votes
answered by jlliagre 42 votes

What's the difference between “notre” and “nos”?

I'm using duolingo to practice my French which is good for immersion but kind of lacking on grammatical explanations. I keep running across what looks like two types of possessive pronouns. Sometimes ...

pronoms adjectifs possessif  
asked by crownjewel82 21 votes
answered by Stéphane Gimenez 25 votes

Pourquoi répond-on « de rien » à « merci » ?

Il s'agit d'une question que je me suis toujours posée. En effet de rien (littéralement from nothing) n'a, dans ce contexte, que très peu de sens. D'ailleurs dans certaines régions de France, le ...

expressions sens politesse  
asked by apouche 22 votes
answered by F'x 17 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

Quelles sont les lettres qu'on ne prononce pas à la fin d'un mot ?

Il est très difficile pour moi de comprendre quelles sont les lettres que je dois prononcer et quelles sont les lettres que je dois ignorer ; pouvez-vous me l'expliquer mieux ? Merci beaucoup d'avance....

prononciation  
asked by Chiara 16 votes
answered by jlliagre 7 votes
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