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Lettre officielle. Abréviations et structure

I read a text in French related to honorary consular. First of all, it states Consuls honoraires-C0.0. and COA. What is meant with C0.0. and COA ? Are these abbreviations? Secondly, before the main ...
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Comment peut-on traduire “must've been” ?

Par exemple, en anglais, quand je ne sais pas exactement la quantité, la taille, la force, etc. de quelque chose, parfois, je pourrais dire "must've past participle". Voici des exemples: He ...
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Conveying “guinea pig”

Entre cochon d'Inde et cobaye, lequel sera plus facilement compris pour rendre guinea pig (c-à-d sujet volontaire ou non d’expériences) ? Peut-on employer couramment guinea pig en français (avec ce ...
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Conveying “let's agree to disagree”

What are some common ways to convey in French: "Let's agree to disagree"? Is Disons qu'on est pas d'accord idiomatic?
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Conveying “on board” (involved in a project or organization or working for a company)

The idiom "on board" may be used to imply involvement in a project or organization, or working for a company. E.g. Welcome to the team. It’s great/nice/good to have you on board. What are ...
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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 ...
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Conveying “to be in someone's good books”

The idiom "to be in someone's good books" means (informally) to be in a state in which one is liked or are treated nicely by someone. For example: He's trying to get back in his boss's good ...
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Conveying “off your rocker” (slang for silly, crazy)

If you say (informally) that someone is off their rocker, you mean that that person is crazy, silly, etc.. E.g. You're off your rocker if you think I'm going to climb that mountain. How can one ...
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How to convey “to teach someone the ropes”

The idiom to teach someone the ropes means to teach someone how to do something, especially a job. E.g. "Jack has been here for years – he’ll show you the ropes." Trying to convey the ...
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Usage de “l’avenir appartient à ceux qui se lèvent tôt”

Searching how to convey in French the meaning of the English idiom the early bird catches the worm I found l'avenir appartient à ceux qui se lèvent tôt. E.g. The admissions in this college get filled ...
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“Gosh” and “bon sang”

Gosh, I didn't expect to see you here! Gosh is used (an exclamation in this context) to express (informally) surprise or strength of feeling. [Gosh can be also used as a euphemism for ‘God’. E.g. &...
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Mis à part vs. apart from

My question is the following: can mis à part be used both for expressing "inclusion" and "exclusion" as is the case with the english apart from. What I mean is that in English it ...
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Conveying “out of the blue” (completely unexpected)

If something happens out of the blue, it is completely unexpected; e.g. I hadn’t heard from Georges for years; then I got a letter out of the blue. Google Translate gives Je n'avais pas entendu ...
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Conveying “Go bust”

The idiom "go bust" (informal) means to spend or lose all of one's money; to go broke. If a company goes bust, it goes bankrupt. Linguee gives faire faillite as translation but it sounds to ...
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“Greener pastures” and “pâturages plus verts”

He worked there for two years before leaving for greener pastures. He decided it was time to move on to greener pastures. "Greener pastures" is an idiom meaning a new better, more ...
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“Sometimes it is the people no one imagines anything of who do the things that no one can imagine” — Alan Turing, into French

J'essaye de traduire cette citation d'Alan Turing tout en gardant le format de "quote" : "Sometimes it is the people no one imagines anything of who do the things that no one can ...
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“entre le marteau et l'enclume”

Pour traduire : It's difficult to see how to get out of this situation because we're between a rock and a hard place. j'ai dis : Il est difficile de voir comment sortir de cette situation car οn ...
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Conveying “bigger than life”

The other day I was talking about Freddie Mercury. I wanted to convey: Having an outrageously flamboyant stage persona he was a larger-than-life artist. I said Ayant un personnage de scène ...
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Usage of 'rota' (scheduling planning tasks and responsibilities)

Rota: a list of things that have to be done and of the people who will do them; : a fixed order of rotation (as of persons or duties). Companies would be expected to shift their rotas so that offices ...
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Usage of budget speaking about time

Can we use budget/budgétiser in colloquial French speaking about time? Time budget for Part 1: Approximately 5 minutes Budget de temps pour la première partie : environ 5 minutes or How to budget ...
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Why has this line in La Peste been translated to its opposite in my English copy of The Plague?

I am currently (and slowly) reading Camus' La Peste [Gallimard] in French concurrently with The Plague [trans. Robin Buss, Penguin] in English. On p 6 of La Peste is this excerpt (emphasis mine): ...
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“This band is shit” vs “This band is the shit”: similar change of meaning in French

I ain't an English native speaker but I understand (1) "This band is shit" as negative (i.e. a very bad band), and (2) "This band is the shit" as positive (i.e. an extremely good band). I ...
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Quel est le contraire d'une « erreur par omission » ?

J'ai besoin de traduire une phrase en anglais qui pointe les erreurs présentes dans une liste. Elle mentionne des erreurs par omission (« mistakes of omission ») et des erreurs qui correspondent à des ...
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How would you phrase a “work in progress” in French? [duplicate]

I know this question has been answered multiple times already but I want to ask how to phrase this specifically in the context of referring to oneself as a work in progress. The best way I saw this ...
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Pronunciation of “Module de Young” versus “module d'Young”: Explication and difference

I understand that a native can say Loi d'Hooke or de Hooke depending on the level of mastery of English or/and his or her interpretation of the letter H as muet or aspiré. (In fact I posted a ...
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Sauter - idiomatic meanings

Donnez au croupier la possibilité de sauter tout seul ! This use of 'sauter' seems to imply an idiomatic meaning, something like get himself in a fix, or give himself a length of rope Or does it ...
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Is it correct to say “on n’aime pas le beaucoup de problèmes dans le monde?”

My concern is with the use of “le” or “les” before “beaucoup” to mean “the many problems.”
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Usage of the number “101” in French to mean introductory level of learning or the most basic knowledge of something

The term (101) was first introduced by the University of Buffalo in 1929. It was used as a course catalog, the first known usage of the term by Oxford English Dictionary. Based on this usage, the ...
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Mettre du beurre dans les épinards

After doing some light research I found idiomatic translations such as we could use the extra to grease the wheels make lemons into lemonade put butter on your bread I'm somewhat confused. I ...
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What is the translation of moon overhead and moon underfoot in hunting context ?

For hunting purposes, some hunters follow the moon phases to hunt accordingly. There a two important moments: When the moon is directly overhead in the sky (moon overhead) When the moon is directly ...
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petits veinards - figurative translation

Ils ont permis à des petits veinards de devenir millionnaires du jour au lendemain. Google Translate gives: They made little guys become millionaires overnight. Linguee.com translates veinard as ...
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“From Russia with Love” versus “Bons Baisers de Russie”

I know that several times the original American (or British) title of a film was conveyed differently in France (and other languages as well). If a literal transation was done, would it have beeen : ...
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Conveying the meaning of “This is one hell of…”

"hell of or one hell of" is used to emphasize that something is very good, very bad, or very big. https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/a-one-hell-of Speeking about the drumming in ...
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Comment exprimer/transposer « (like) a fly in amber » ?

Captain's log, supplemental. We remain like a fly in amber trapped in the void. We have encountered a vessel which appears to be the USS Yamato. All its systems are shown as functioning, yet it ...
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How to convey the sense of “scare the bejesus out of me”

Scare the bejesus out of sb: to frighten, annoy, bore, etc. someone very much [Cambridge]. Scare the bejesus out of sb: To shock or frighten one very suddenly or severely. ("Bejesus," a mild ...
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Le « face shield for medical worker » : quel terme est le plus employé, quel terme chosir ?

J'ai vu le terme « face shields for medical workers ». Le GDT privilégie « écran facial » en contexte industriel (soudure, électricité) mais l'image montre un élément couvrant la tête (comme une ...
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Translation of “un stratège dans l’âme”

Un stratège dans l’âme Is this an official term in gambling, or a French expression? How should it be translated to English? Original sentence is Êtes-vous plutôt un stratège dans l'âme ?
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Comment transposer « to pull shenanigans » dans un contexte informel ?

We're the two largest trading partners anywhere in the world. It's like one of your family members [says], 'OK, you go starve, and we'll go feast on the rest of the meal.' I'm just so disappointed ...
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Professeur vs. Maître/Maîtresse

When (or, for which grades) should one use "professeur", and when (again, for which grades) "maître/maîtresse"? Is there any accurate difference between these words?
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What is the correct translation of “Do we go to the cinema?”

Nous allons à le cinéma! Means "We go to the cinema". But how would I say you want to include the word "do", like a question Do we go to the cinema? Can I just add the word "faire" that means "do"?...
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Comment exprimer « with source tuning » (à propos d'un logiciel sous lequel on évalue la performance d'un processeur) ?

Dans un graphique on compare la performance de processeurs sous un logiciel (Weather Research and Forecasting Model) et on oppose « out of the box » à « w/ src tuning » (with source tuning). À l'...
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Comment nommer/décrire le « spiky hair » ?

J'ai à l'esprit une coiffure plutôt générique, le spiky hair (les « cheveux spikés »), avec les pointes vers le haut, que ce soit naturellement vu la coupe (brosse etc.) ou coiffés de cette manière. ...
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Comment traduire « arbitrary code execution » ?

On a le arbitrary code execution dans le domaine de la sécurité informatique dont on dit d'une partie dans une ébauche d'article sur Wikipédia qu'elle consiste en l'« action à faire faire à une ...
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Comment exprimer le « unhoard » de performances vidéoludiques ?

Le contexte est celui de la performance vidéoludique (speedrun) où l'on peut trouver un emploi de jargon d'usage très limité en langue anglaise: le unhoard et en contexte ça ressemble à la ...
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“I apologize for the inconvenience”, “Je m'excuse pour l'inconvenient” et “Je tiens à m'excuser pour la gêne occasionnée”

Dans quel contexte "I apologize for the inconvenience" peut-être rendue par "Je m'excuse pour l'inconvenient" et dans quel contexte par "Je tiens à m'excuser pour la gêne ...
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Usage of “hier” to convey “yesterday” as in “I need this report yesterday”

Yesterday has an idiomatic usage which is basically a synonym for "as soon as possible". I need those reports, and I need them yesterday. ≈ I need them ASAP. We want to see them in a ...
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Comment exprimer « to flip the script » ?

J'ai entendu l'expression anglaise (to) flip the script, « (slang) to reverse a situation, especially by doing something unexpected » (Wiktionnaire). Le contexte c'était la compétition et le style des ...
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Alexander the Great quotation: “I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living well.”

The other day I had a conversation with some colleagues about the role of teachers in the proper education of a student. I wanted to quote Alexander the Great: I am indebted to my father for living,...
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Conveying the idea of “to hell and back”

To hell and back: through a very difficult or unpleasant situation that often lasts for a long time. E.g. I have been to hell and back since my wife became ill. Je suis allé en enfer et en arrière ...
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“Basic conflict” en français?

"Basic conflict" semble être un faux ami (ça ne veut pas dire "un conflit basique/peu complexe"). On le voit dans cette étude : Harmful traditions create a basic conflict. [...] This is the basic ...

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