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Top new questions this week:

Why is the "la chose" replaced by "le" instead of "la" in the following sentence?

Quelle est la seule chose que vous faites en privé qui pourrait vous embarrasser si le public le savait ? I came across this question on French Quora. Shouldn't the ending be "la savait", ...

genre  
asked by Jaden Wong 4 votes
answered by Luke Sawczak 7 votes

Usage of "Il ne sert à rien de pleurer sur le lait renversé"

Cherchant à rendre en français le proverbe anglais : It's no use crying over spilled milk said to emphasize that it is not useful feeling sorry about something that has already happened. j'ai trouvé ...

traduction anglais proverbes  
asked by Dimitris 2 votes
answered by Toto 2 votes

“Vous Vous” in Spoken French

Many times when I watch French content with subtitles, I see “vous vous” but only hear “vous”. Even when I slow it down, I don’t hear it. Is the second vous skipped?

prononciation  
asked by Eli 2 votes
answered by HerbM 4 votes

Emploi de "mascotte"

En voyant ce ngram et le lemme sur Wikipédia, je me suis dit qu'on pouvait utiliser couramment mascotte. Or, en parlant avec quelques locuteurs natifs (pré-ados, ados et adultes), j'ai été surpris par ...

usage registre  
asked by Dimitris 1 vote
answered by grouah 5 votes

Usage de "au royaume des aveugles, les borgnes sont rois"

Ce proverbe provient de la Grèce antique, et il est cité en français dès le XVIème s. par Érasme. Il signifie : Un médiocre paraît remarquable parmi des gens sans valeur ; il est facile pour un ...

usage grec proverbes  
asked by Dimitris 1 vote
answered by grouah 1 vote

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

What is the difference between “Bises” and “Bisous” when ending a letter?

I've learned that at the end of a letter to a friend it's appropriate to write Bises, (name) or Bisous, (name). e.g. between two female friends writing each other What is the difference in the usage ...

salutations correspondance  
asked by Kaadzia 15 votes
answered by jlliagre 22 votes

Les enfants de mes cousins ?

Avec l'augmentation de la durée de vie des grands-parents et des arrières-grands-parents, les familles comptent de plus en plus de membres au fil des générations. Les lieux de communication sociale ...

choix-de-mot enfants  
asked by Lauris 10 votes
answered by Gilles 'SO nous est hostile' 24 votes

How did "coucou" (with its original "cuckoo" meaning) become a greeting in French?

Several times now, I have seen French people greet each other (via text chat) by saying "coucou". This appears to simply be derived from the word of the same spelling "coucou", describing the noise a ...

usage étymologie argot salutations  
asked by Jez 36 votes
answered by M'vy 18 votes

Différence entre le passé simple et le passé composé

Je sais que le passé simple ne s'emploie presque jamais à l'oral, où il a été remplacé par le passé composé. Cependant, j'ai déjà lu des textes dans lesquels les deux temps ont été employés côte à ...

grammaire temps-grammatical passé-composé passé-simple  
asked by Brennan Vincent 35 votes
answered by Laurent Pireyn 30 votes

How to translate "Let the good times roll" into French?

Many American communities, large and small, celebrate Mardi Gras in some fashion. I've often seen Mardi Gras signs reading "Laissez les bons temps rouler." Something doesn't seem right to me. Should ...

traduction ordre-des-mots  
asked by Skeptique 5 votes
answered by None 7 votes

Hibou vs chouette? What's the difference?

Pretty specific, I know. But what's the difference? Are there different connotations?

vocabulaire zoologie  
asked by temporary_user_name 35 votes
answered by Kareen 66 votes

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 lifetimes 17 votes
answered by Alexis Pigeon 16 votes
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