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Scenario

Boy A: During the night, my friend and I were lying down outside in the hayfield.

Boy B: And?

Boy A: We saw a spaceship. It was a hollow box-shaped vessel.”

By the word hollow I mean that the spaceship is empty and the boys could see the box-shaped vessel was hollow because it was made of glass.


I’m trying to figure out the French equivalent of “A hollow box-shaped vessel.” I’ve arrived at « Un vaisseau creux façonné comme une boîte ». However, I feel like there is a shorter way to say “a hollow box-shaped vessel.” :/

What is the French equivalent of “a hollow box-shaped vessel.”?

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    Un vaisseau en forme de boîte creuse ? Pas très joli, j'espère que quelqu'un proposera mieux. – Damien Jan 19 at 7:31
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    @Damien Pourquoi ne pas mettre aux voix cette réponse ? Mieux vaut l'avoir en réponse qu'en commentaire à mon avis. – Thélée_Lavoie Jan 19 at 21:18
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    Nous vîmes un astronef. C'était un engin/appareil/vaisseau en forme de caisson vide. – Personne Feb 27 at 18:46
  • @Personne Quel objet de la vie de tous les jours a la forme de ou est un caisson ? – escarlate adamantine Feb 28 at 19:25
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    Donnez/montrez-nous notre astronef quotidien ? … caisson est une caisse/un volume avec un but technique précis, quelques exemples types : fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caisson – Personne Mar 1 at 9:12
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Un vaisseau en forme de boîte creuse. [Damien, en commentaire]

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Un vaisseau spatial (translucide/transparent) en forme de cube et vide (au centre/à l'intérieur)[in the center/inside].

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  • Thank you for your help! 😊 By the word “hollow” I mean the spaceship is empty. The boys could see that the cube was hollow because the material of the sides of the cube was quite transparent. Does this clarification change your answer? – CubbyKushi Jan 19 at 21:02
  • Nope. Hm... Let’s see... The material the cube was made out of was glass. – CubbyKushi Jan 19 at 21:07
  • Would the french equivalent be « Un vaisseau en forme de cube creux » ? – CubbyKushi Jan 19 at 21:08
  • Understood! vide it is! Thank you so much @Thélée_Lavoie ! 😊 – CubbyKushi Jan 19 at 21:11
  • What does spatial translucide mean?🧐 – CubbyKushi Jan 19 at 21:15
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Nous vîmes un astronef. C'était un engin/appareil/vaisseau en forme de caisson vide. [Personne, en commentaire]

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