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Questions tagged [francais-classique]

Le français du 16e et 17e siècle, époque précédant le français moderne durant laquelle la langue s'accroît et est codifiée. ❚ Classic French, the period just before modern French in the 16th and 17th century, marked by expansion and codification of the language.

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Understanding “Te confonde le Ciel de me parler ainsi !”

In Act II scene 1 of Molière's 1668 comedy Amphitryon, the servant Sosie is trying to explain to his master Amphitryon that he has seen his doppelgänger but Amphitryon refuses to believe him, here is ...
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Was “inclusive writing” historically considered grammatically correct?

While the Académie française disapproves of gender-neutral "inclusive" writing (l'écriture inclusive), some proponents use feminine adjectives to modify multiple nouns that include words that are both ...
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Conversion of “to look cool”

When google translator is used, The sentences converted to french are not properly converted. can some one tell whats the conversion of the line in french: "Trying to look cool in foreign language"
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Proportion of Greek and Latin influences

I'd like to have an order of idea of how much more Latin has influenced the French language compared to Greek. However, there's little to no information on the internet. I've found this : TextKit ...
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Antique expressions “tourmenteroit” and “à-peu-près”

I am trying to figure out what is meant by some antiquated expressions found in Mme. Motteville's memoirs, the phrase: Laffemas avoit promis au Ministre qu'il le tourmenteroit si bien qu'il en ...
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Tense and mood of “comme si elles eussent essayé”

In the following phrase from Les Trois Mousquetaires, is eussent essayé in the conditionnel passé II or the subjonctif plus-que-parfait? [...] celles-ci leur laissaient presque toujours de précieux ...
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Please help me find this quote of Rousseau

Can you tell me which book this quote is from and how did Rousseau originally write it (In French): "Insults are the arguments employed by those who are in the wrong". Many thanks
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“Je ne doute point d'apprendre”

En français dans le texte, from Shakespeare's Henry V Act 3 Scene 4: Katherine — Je ne doute point d'apprendre [...] et en peu de temps. Meaning “I have no doubt learned et in a short time”. ...
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“Je m'en fais” when not referring to worry

En français dans le texte, from Shakespeare's Henry V Act 3 Scene 4: Katherine — Je m'en fais la répétition de tous les mots que vous m'avez appris dès à présent. meaning "I will now repeat all ...