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How to translate “By the way”? — Comment traduire « By the way » ?

I want to translate a sentence that says something like “By the way, did you remember to get…?” So far I've seen two options: au fait and à propos. Which one would be more appropriate for an informal ...
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Translation of 'to whom it may concern'

In English, "To whom it may concern" is a generic starter to a letter implying that the letter is addressed to anyone for whom the letter is relevant. For a bit of context, I had to ask someone in ...
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Dr and Mrs Vandertrampp

Could someone please explain this Vandertrampp mnemonic? What does it mean if words are conjugated with etre instead of avoir?
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How to say “voted up” or “voted down” in French?

I know how you can say that somebody voted for something in French: Il a voté pour cela. However, on Stack Exchange sites we have a situation where you can vote something up, or vote it down. If ...
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Comment traduire « software framework » en français ?

Comment traduire « software framework » en français dans un document officiel comme un CV par exemple ? Est ce qu'on peut l'utiliser comme ça ? J'ai aussi trouvé deux alternatives mais je ne sais ...
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Comment mettre en parallèle des comparatifs en français ?

En anglais, on peut dire phrases en utilisant ce format : The sooner, the better (c'est à dire, si tu fais quelque chose plus tôt, ça sera meilleur que plus tard) The more I see you, the more ...
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Prononciation en français des mots d'origine anglaise

Je voudrais savoir quelle est la règle qui détermine la prononciation en français d'un mot d'origine anglaise (ou bien des mots d'informatique). Par exemple, rugby se prononce en français ...
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How to construct not-joke in french?

How would you construct a so called not-joke in french, where you say the "not" in the end to create irony. E.g.: The sky is red, not!
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Comment traduire « what the fuck » ?

Je ne demande pas ici un éclaicissement du sens de la locution. Je la rencontre, comme tout lecteur d'articles anglophones sur le web, assez souvent, exprimant une interrogation mélée selon le ...
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French equivalent of the expression “Last but not least” — Un équivalent à l'expression anglaise « Last but not least »

I can't find a good French expression for the English expression : “Last but not least”. Do you have any suggestions? Je n'arrive pas à trouver une expression française similaire à cette expression ...
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Comment traduire « upload » ?

J'ai toujours eu de la difficulté avec ce mot. Partout où je cherche, je trouve télécharger, mais j'aimerais pouvoir faire la distinction entre download et upload. Il me semble que télécharger est ...
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Garden path sentence en français

L'expression anglaise "garden path sentence" désigne des phrases qui sont initialement analysées à la lecture d'une certaine façon qui s'avère être incorrecte quelques mots plus tard, de sorte qu'il ...
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Pourquoi « comment vous appelez-vous », et pas « quel est votre nom » comme en anglais ?

We know that when French people want to know someone's name, ask “Comment vous appelez-vous ?”. However this literally means “How do you call yourself?”. Why they don't use something like “quel est ...
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Can we form question tags in French?

In English one can place a question tag after statement by adding an interrogative phrase. This usually requires the interlocutor so affirm/confirm or reject the statement. e.g. Statement: You ...
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Comparing things (eg. as good as)

How do you compare things in French? For example: That sandwich was not as good as the last one I had here. (at a restaurant) The bus was not as fast as it normally is, so I got home late.
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Comment traduire « I don't give a damn » ?

Quelles possibilités existent pour traduire « I don't give a damn » ?
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Expressing the negation of a statement that uses quantifiers

I was looking up the French word for 'woman' on the English-French Cambridge-dicitonary. It stated that the translation is 'la femme'. Not too surprising. However, there is an example sentence given ...
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False friends et Faux amis [closed]

Cette question a été verrouillée pour empêcher l'ajout de réponses supplémentaires Cependant, n'hésitez pas à ajouter de nouveaux faux amis au wiki What are your worst (or most common) false ...
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Translation of “him” and “her” in French

I grew up in a trilingual household: French/English/Flemish. (English & Flemish parents, Flemish school, French-speaking city.) For as long as I can remember, my siblings and I have spoken a ...
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Comment traduire « what goes around, comes around » ?

En anglais, on a l'expression « what goes around, comes around », qui veut dire (à peu près) que quoi que la personne fasse, elle devra ensuite faire face aux conséquences de ses actes. Existe-t-il ...
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Traduction de « Feedback »

J'étais en train d'écrire un « post » sur le meta de ce site et j'ai complètement bloqué sur la traduction du mot « feedback » ou de l'expression « asking for feedback » lors de la traduction de l'...
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Comment dire « fun » en français ?

Je n'arrive pas à trouver un bonne traduction pour le mot fun. J'ai trouvé beaucoup de gens disant le mot amusant mais je pense que celui-ci est plus proche de amusing (il y a un certain humour dans ...
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French equivalent of the English “internet meme”?

In English, an internet meme is an activity, concept, catchphrase or piece of media which spreads, often as mimicry, from person to person via the Internet. Some notable examples being: the Harlem ...
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When do we use plus-que-parfait?

I don't really understand plus-que-parfait. When do we use plus-que-parfait? And if you compare it with English, what tense is that?
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Comment traduire « deliverances » (an utterance; esp. of a formal character) dans le contexte suivant ?

La langue anglaise emploie le verbe « to deliver » dans le sens usuel de délivrer en français (sens 1. similaire à libérer, [t]irer de captivité), mais aussi dans le sens de livrer un bien ([m]ettre ...
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How do you say “with” or “without” as in “I can't do that with you dying”?

How do you say "without -subject- -verb-" as in "I can't do that with you dying"?
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Le présent de l'indicatif se traduit-il par le « present perfect » en anglais ?

Learning French in Duolingo and I am learning prepositions. I am having a problem with the following sentence. Elle est jolie depuis qu'elle est jeune By this point, we haven't yet touched ...
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Are there any good online resources for English/French parallel reading?

I am (re-)learning French and would like to grow my vocabulary and contextual grammar by reading the same texts in parallel. I know there is a couple of books that do English and French stories side ...
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How do you say “How are you”?

In English it is polite to ask How are you? What's up? How do you do? after a greeting. The answer of course is always something like Thanks, I'm fine. Not much Complaints about personal ...
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Comment traduire « peer review » ?

Comment traduisez-vous le terme « Peer review » en français ? Par exemple, lorsque l'on édite une question ou une réponse sur French Language & Usage beta et que l'on ne possède pas certains ...
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How to translate “evidence” from English to French?

I have a very hard time translating the word “evidence” to French, where evidence is used in the context of science, as in Carl Sagan's famous quote: Extraordinary claims require extraordinary ...
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Translation of “This isn't rocket science”?

The expression This isn't rocket science. is used to say essentially Ce n'est pas trop difficile. Is there a closer equivalent or expression?
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How to translate “actually” in its contrastive meaning?

The sentence I can think it coming from would be “I'll stop … and actually do this.” I fail to content myself with “en fait” or “vraiment”, for the former merely translates “as a matter of fact”, but ...
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Should I use “C'est” or “Il est” or “Il fait”?

Would It is night. be C'est nuit. or Il est nuit. or Il fait nuit. or something else?
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Comment pourrait-on dire en français « at the end of the day » ?

L'expression « at the end of the day » en anglais s'emploie pour exprimer le fait que les mots suivants sont définitifs, ou les derniers d'un débat. Par exemple : These acts are indefensible. At ...
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French for “blood will tell”

In English there is a (not very nice) saying 'blood will tell'; that means something to the effect of If your ancestors had bad qualities (e.g. Bad personality) then you will probably also inherit ...
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Does 'bon marché' have the same connotation of “low quality” as 'cheap' in English

Somehow bon marché and économique sound positive to me, as some kind of praise. In English cheap has a connotation of not good. It can be used for an expensive thing but not well made. Am I just ...
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Abbreviation of “Instant messaging”

In English, "Instant messaging" can be abbreviated to IM. The equivalent words in French are either "Messagerie instantanée" or "Clavardage" (chat). Would it be appropriate to abbreviate "Messagerie ...
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Comment formuler l'équivalent de « any two of three things » en français ?

Comment formuler l'équivalent de « any two of three things » en français ? J'ai trouvé ces différentes réponses sur wordreference.com l'un des quelconques des X machins ou n'importe quels machins (...
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Is there any French equivalent for the English “thou”?

I mean, in the same epoch that thou was most used in English. Like a contemporary equivalent, that is.
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What's so great about French profanity?

I'm not a French speaker, but I find myself with a question about the French language. I have recently encountered multiple independent sources (movies, books, etc) in which French-speaking characters ...
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Can I say “jalousie” instead of “store”?

According to the Wiktionnaire, we have the following meanings of the word "jalousie": (Menuiserie) Treillis de bois ou de fer au travers duquel on voit sans être vu. (Menuiserie) Persienne ...
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How to say “I am taking an exam” in French?

In my textbook, the author uses the phrase "passer un examen," which translates to "to take an exam." So if I want to say that I am taking an exam, then should I conjugate "passer" and write : Je ...
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What is the best translation for “toggle” in the context of options?

In English, the word "toggle" means to switch the state of something with two states. Turn on if off, and turn off if on. In programming, it could be written as thing = !thing. What would be the best ...
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The use of the English word “yes” in spoken French

I have been watching a French TV series (Les Témoins / Witnesses) with English subtitles. In one episode I was surprised to hear the main character, a female cop, clearly say "Yes!" (more to herself ...
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How are “il faut” and “we” related?

As part of A1.1 level French language training, my teacher introduced the following sentence: Il faut faire quel exercice ? and translated it into English as: Which exercise should we do? I ...
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Similar words in English and in French, and counterexamples

Recently, I've been learning French language and I've noticed that many words in English have similar words in French, for example the word “example” in English and the word “exemple” in French. If I ...
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Prononciation différente des « u » de « club » et « rugby »

Je me demande pourquoi le u de ces deux mots ne se prononce pas identiquement. Plus précisément, pourquoi rugby est francisé tandis que club se prononce presque comme en anglais.
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Traduction de « review » et « survey »

Je me soucie de la traduction des mots « review » et « survey ». En mathématiques, on rencontre souvent « review of a book » ou « a survey on recent developments ». D'après vous, quels sont les bons ...
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“He was like” vs “il était genre” similarities and differences

What are the similarities and differences between the Americanism 'He was like...' And the French expression 'Il était genre...'? They both introduce citations.