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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 '21 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. Jan 19 '21 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 '21 at 18:46
  • @Personne Quel objet de la vie de tous les jours a la forme de ou est un caisson ? Feb 28 '21 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 '21 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?
    – CFrench
    Jan 19 '21 at 21:02
  • Nope. Hm... Let’s see... The material the cube was made out of was glass.
    – CFrench
    Jan 19 '21 at 21:07
  • Would the french equivalent be « Un vaisseau en forme de cube creux » ?
    – CFrench
    Jan 19 '21 at 21:08
  • Understood! vide it is! Thank you so much @Thélée_Lavoie ! 😊
    – CFrench
    Jan 19 '21 at 21:11
  • What does spatial translucide mean?🧐
    – CFrench
    Jan 19 '21 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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