I'm trying to translate "to carry out a study" like in the following context:

Two scientists carried out a study on X.

I came up with:

réaliser une étude sur quelque chose


faire une recherche sur quelque chose.

Would any of those work?

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    The original title "carry out a research" is incorrect in English (research is not a count noun). I've modified it to "carry out a study"; we can also say "carry out research" as a mass noun, but in context it sounds like you mean an individual item of research, which is a study.
    – Luke Sawczak
    May 18, 2020 at 15:53
  • @LukeSawczak Whoops, thank you!
    – lmc
    May 18, 2020 at 16:02

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I think that both of your proposals are correct. In the case of a scientific research you could use mener or mener à bien.


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    Pour traduire toute l'expression, je pense que "mener une étude" est la meilleure solution. May 19, 2020 at 12:26

"Réaliser une étude sur qqch" est tout à fait correct. On peut aussi dire : "Effectuer une étude sur qqch".

Voir : https://www.linguee.fr/anglais-francais/traduction/carry+out+a+study.html


In French (I am French), the 2 answers are corrects. But, in the everyday language, we use "faire une recherche...(sur)". Nevertheless, in French, we use the verb "faire" for a lot of expressions. So, if you want more correct French, use "réaliser une étude (sur)..."

  • Attention: in French; in English, etc (that is, capital letter) and en français, en anglais and so on.
    – Dimitris
    May 18, 2020 at 21:12
  • Also. I am French (and not french).
    – Dimitris
    May 18, 2020 at 21:12
  • "Faire une recherche" sounds like “performing a search” for me, i.e. typing something into Google or possibly heading out ot the local library but not engaging in scientific research.
    – Relaxed
    May 19, 2020 at 10:23

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