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La grammaire est l'étude systématique des éléments constitutifs d'une langue.

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When to use the preposition “de” after adverbs

Fellow learners, I have the following question: I can say "j'ai un peu d'argent" or "j'ai acheté un peu de pain", however I can't say "j'ai un peu de peur". I believe the ...
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Écrit-on « à qui je dois » ou « à qui dois-je »

Dans une discussion avec une amie qui écrivait un mail, on s'est demandé s'il faut écrire Savez-vous qui je dois contacter ? Ou Savez-vous qui dois-je contacter ? Je pencherai pour la première, ...
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“Vous êtes déjà griller” - correct?

That's a phrase from the subtitles: "Vous êtes déjà griller" and my French friends say it is written grammatically correctly. Is it really?
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L'utilisation de futur antérieur dans le passé

Dans "Grammaire Essentielle B2 - CLE" On utilise le futur antérieur pour présenter: un fait qui est donné comme probable et situé dans le passé Elle n'est pas rentrée : sa réunion aura duré ...
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Qu'est-ce que la réduplication du clitique sujet veut dire dans les phrases déclaratives ?

Bonjour, j'ai trouvé une phrase dans la Wikipédie : La nouveauté dans les travaux du Lycée et dans le monde grec de cette époque réside dans l’intérêt grandissant pour la recherche empirique : pour ...
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COD et COD ( french concept ) in English [closed]

Can someone please explain the COD et COD ( french concept ) in English through an attached audio clip? Please it's urgently needed, I have an exam tomorrow. Please please, please. If you have time ...
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Is there a way to say “thanks to” in French but in a sarcastic manner?

I know there is «grâce à», but that is only used for positive things. There's also «à cause de», but that doesn't give me the same effect I want. For example, how would I say this in French: Thanks ...
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Est-ce qu'on utilise “y” ou “le” pour la préposition “à”

On dit : Tu penses à fermer le salon ? => Tu y penses ? Mais Je pense qu'il trouvera un emploi. => Je le pense. Y a-t-il une règle pour l'emploi des pronoms « y » et « le » ?
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Les différences entre “qui que ce soit” et “n'importe qui”

Quels sont les différences entre ces deux expressions ? Dans le livre "CLE - Grammaire Essentielle de Français B2", on trouve cet exemple : Je cherche un expert : je ne veux pas confier ce ...
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How much French do I need to know to be in average speaking french user?

I have built a web application that gives the user sentences so the user can translate them. But it's not because of that I'm here. I have also created 19 CSV files with French sentences and I wonder ...
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Il n'y a d'original que le nom

Qu'est-ce qu'il veut dire ici? Je ne le comprends pas. Il n'y a pas d'autres explications dans le livre.
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Why is it “L'état d'esprit de la chanteuse est la peur.” and not “L'état d'esprit de la chanteuse est peur.”

I thought "peur" meant "fear". So in the phrase "L'état d'esprit de la chanteuse est la peur.", I used at first "peur". So the phrase would say "The mood ...
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What is the grammar of “les bienvenus” in “On se sent les bienvenus”?

In this youtube video for French learners, there is this sentence: On se sent pas forcément les bienvenus. and the video says that this sentence means "We don't necessarily feel welcome". ...
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Why are both both definite article (“les”) and possessive determiners (“mes”, “tes”) used here for body parts?

In this answer, I learned that with "correct" French, you aren't supposed to use possessive determiners for body parts ("ma tête, mes jambes"), but instead use a definite article (&...
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When is “voir” followed by “de”?

The following sentence is said by a character in this tv show (around 2:15) : Ah non? Alors, j'imagine que tu ne verrais pas d'inconvénient si je te demandais de t'approcher pour sentir cette ...
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What is the tense used in “Pourrait avoir causé”?

I am trying to figure out what is the tense used in the following sentence: "Cet événement climatique pourrait avoir causé de graves conséquences." A student of mine used this form instead ...
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What is the translation of 'of it' in french?

On top of it, at the bottom of it, the middle of it, the thought of it, all phrases that have stumped me.
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« Ça » vs. « Il »

Salut tout le monde, I'm having a problem determining when it's best to use « ça » or « il » in contexts such as the following: Ils ont mangé tout le chocolat. __ leur fera mal au ventre. Since they ...
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French present continuous vs English present continuous

If I said "they hide in the garden" it would indicate that it they always hide in the garden and if I said "they are hiding in the garden" it would mean they are doing that now. ...
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Searching for a term

Is there a specific name for this phenomenon? I guess 'jeux des mots' or 'bizarreries' are not appropriate terms for a grammar book:-)!
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Possessive adjective before a body part

I read that it's generally proscribed to use a possessive adjective before a body part. However, when I typed in "She loves massaging her legs" on Collins Translator, it gave the following ...
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Meaning of Porte qui claque?

Porte means door, qui means who and claque means slap. How does this mean Slamming door? I am not able to understand the usage of qui here?
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What is the difference in using “on va faire la fête” with CONJUGAISON of “faire”?

What is the difference in using "on va faire la fête" et "on va fais la fete" ou "on va fait la fete?
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What does “[noun] a comme [noun]” mean?

the following sentence came from https://francohalton.ca/ : L’Espace francophone de Halton a comme mission de favoriser le regroupement et l’épanouissement de la communauté francophone et francophile ...
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What is the difference in using “nous étudiions pendant des heures” and “nous étudiions des heures”

What is the difference in using nous étudiions pendant des heures and nous étudiions des heures? What is the difference in using pendant?
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Questions about “Avez-vous fait?”

Can avez-vous fait mean did you do, have you done since present tense is used with one type in French. Avez vous fait un service civique = did you do civil service, have you done civil service. Is it ...
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What is the difference in using “Il est retard” and “Il est en retard”?

What is the difference in using "Il est retard" and "Il est en retard"? If they are same, then how and why the two forms? I am new to French.
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à / de / en / dans / sur which one is used when and in which situation? [closed]

à means -"at" "of" in" "to" de means "of" and "from" en means "in" dans means "in" "inside of" "to" sur ...
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What is the difference in using Nous allons à la pêche sur dimanche and Nous allons à la pêche le dimanche

What is the difference in using Nous allons à la pêche sur dimanche and Nous allons à la pêche le dimanche.
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“certains / des / quelque / quelques-uns / pas mal de” What does it all mean and in what situations it is used?

I looked up the word "some" from the translation and I saw these. Des (à+l) the only thing I know, des (de+les) which is indefinite version of les. But what about others? I've never heard of ...
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Différent de d'habitude

J'entends parmi certains franco-canadiens de telles expressions que "différent de d'habitude" et "parlons de d'autre chose". Le redoublement du "de" est redondant et donc ...
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Is this tiret cadratin being used correctly?

I am writing a French haiku, and would like to know whether the em-dash, or the tiret cadratin, is being used correctly: La dent de lait : chez des cerisiers en fleurs et puis — un vent d’or. I ...
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Why is the verb not in plural form?

In the sentence" il me reste des croissants du weekend". Why isn't it " ils me restent...". Is it a set phrase? Thanks
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Why je avoir is abbreviated as j'ai rather than j'av or j'avi

For another example; Why Faire's abbreviation as fait? What causes these abbreviations? I know what makes; H muet, vowel but Faire ends with "e" not with a consonant. what about that? These ...
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Question in translation of quel âge as-tu ? [duplicate]

quel âge as-tu? . how does this sentence mean How old are you when as tu means do you have?How did this sentence formation took place?
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How does “Je fais de la pétanque” mean “I play pétanque” ?

"Je fais" means "I do" and "de la" means "of the". How can this sentence mean "I play pétanque"? I am having trouble with article contractions.
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Difficulty in Je vais?

Je vais au cinéma Translate as I will to the cinema. How does it mean I will go to the cinema when we have not used French word for go?
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Is there any table for French grammar - question words and more?

I'm looking for a grammar table in French that explains Question words Common phrases Basic verb rules Basic way to say "it, some, any..." etc. Is there any a table or large picture for ...
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Fonction de paie dans “L'équipe paie”

Voici un extrait d'un email professionnel : Les congés de Noël 2020 et les derniers congés sur 2020 doivent être posés avant le 15/11/2020. Les compteurs CP2020 doivent être soldés au 31/12/2020. D'...
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Agreement of the adverb “tout” with the number of the adjective that follows it

It's written on the website pasted below that when tout modifies a feminine adjective beginning with a consonant sound or an aspirated h, it must take the form toute irrespective of whether the ...
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Le but du composant est permettre l'accès aux résultats

Dans la phrase en titre je me demande s'il ne serait pas plus correct d'utiliser la forme suivante : Le but du composant est de permettre l'accès aux résultats Donc, de rajouter la préposition de. ...
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Restrictions on the usage of the conjunction “soit”

Recently, I stumbled upon a sentence written by another French learner, in which the conjunction soit was used in a subject phrase to designate potential agents or topics. I am not going to include ...
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Putting two prepositions next to each other

Is it possible to put two prepositions next to each other in the following manner? Je ne me souviens pas de à qui il parlait.
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Quel article après le construction « [suj.] + (ne?) + [v.b.] + que » ?

J'ai entendu cette construction plusieurs fois dans le discours quotidien, mais je n'arrive pas à trouver la règle exacte. Par exemple, je crois que je peux dire : Je veux que du saumon pour le dîner ...
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Quand utiliser le plus que parfait, l'imparfait et le passé composé? [duplicate]

Je vais écrire un examen français et on dois apprendre comme on utilise les droits formes (le plus que parfait, l'imparfait et le passé composé) et quand les pratiquer. Mon question est quand les ...
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Sentence structure with “une fois” in French seems to be missing a verb, as compared with English construction

There is a sentence structure that is used in French that I continue to be challenged with. Can someone explain what is going on or what the rule is in French? Here is the original sentence: Une fois ...
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“Penser la femme qui écrits”: why the s in écrits?

I'm reading the book Femmes et littérature, and the title of the first chapter reads "Penser la femme qui écrits". I would have expected that to read "Penser la femme qui écrit", ...
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Does “un jus de pomme” really mean “a glass of apple juice”?

When in French we say things such as un jus d'orange, un jus de pomme, etc., is it true that what we are really saying is a glass of orange juice, a glass of apple juice, etc.? So, that "un" ...
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How do you say “Who are you forbidding from entering the club?”

Person 1: Who are you forbidding from entering the club? Bouncer: Just that boy. I’m trying to figure out how to say “Who are you forbidding from entering the club?” Collins dictionary says “to ...
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Using imparfait vs passé composé in a sentence with “quand”

I have the following sentence: Quand j'avais 9 ans, je mangerais/'ai mangé le fromage habituellement If you translate this to english, it would make sense to use the passé composé form of manger; ...

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