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What is the French word for scientific calculator and what does 'la formule de calcul' mean ?

What is the French word for 'scientific calculator'? Also, what does 'la formule de calcul' mean? https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english-french/calculator
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Infinitif vs nom

Y a-t-il des différerces entre La joie de vivre. et La joie de la vie. ? De même La joie d'aimer. et La joie de l'amour.
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How does one say olive oil eardrops in French?

How does one say 'olive oil eardrops' in French? I think it is 'les gouttes d'huile d'olive pour les oreilles.' Is that correct? It seems far too long.
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What's the adjectif in the phrase “Lui-même, pauvres naїfs!”?

I'm trying to analyze which one is the adjective but I can't find the answer due to my limit understanding of French i think. is it both adjectif? or "pauvres" is the adjectif and "naïfs" is the noun? ...
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Noms composés de deux verbes

Un laissez-passer et un laisser-aller. Quelle logique dicte la construction de noms composés de deux verbes ? Par exemple, pourquoi la différence que l'on rencontre ici ? (à savoir 2e personne plus ...
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Are there other words like “gratuité” that are nouns in French but not in English?

On the provincial student loans brochures that I am reading, the French version says "Gratuité des frais de scolarité pour les étudiantes et étudiants admissible", and the English version says "Free ...
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How does one say “it would be my pleasure” in French?

I'm trying to figure out how to say “it would be my pleasure”, is it “ce serait mon plaisir” or “il serait mon plaisir” or is it neither? If so, what is the French equivalent?
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How do you say in French “if you don't mind my asking”?

I'm trying to figure out how to say “if you don't mind my asking” in French, not “if you don't mind me asking”. The question that will follow will be formal. I came up with “si cela ne vous dérange ...
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How is the indefinite adjective “quelconque” used?

I understand that the idea surrounding quelconque(s) when it is placed after a noun is similar to n'importe quel i.e. the noun "doesn't matter". For example, Choisissez n’importe quel stylo que ...
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A question on the changing of “tel” to “si” when the corresponding noun is modified by another adjective

My understanding of tel is that it can act as an indefinite adjective as well as a qualifying adjective*. Example of tel acting as an indefinite adjective: Une telle faiblesse est en fait votre ...
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I need help with “Je te remercie pour m'aider.”

Je te remercie pour m'aider. = I thank you for helping me. I don't understand why aider is in the infinitive. Shouldn't it be Je te remercie pour m'aide. ? Thanks.
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How do you say the following… (Immersion help)

I'm trying to immerse myself in French. Consequently, I need to know the following nouns so that I can place post-it notes on those objects. I believe this would be helpful to many learners and this ...
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What is the meaning of “d'” in “d'accord”?

I understand the meaning of accord in French but I don't understand the presence of d' in the expression “d'accord”. Why does d' appear in “d'accord”?
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Is “Risque potentiel” a pleonasm?

I wonder if saying "il y a un risque potentiel à utiliser cette solution" is a pleonasm. As a matter of fact, isn't the very notion of risk describing something that could potentially happen? Thank ...
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“No-brainer” as a noun in French

There are several ways of translating into French the idea conveyed by “no-brainer”, as in: It seems like a no-brainer to improve standards. Améliorer les standards ? Ça va de soi or ...
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word gender - why male or female?

I find it totally non-intuitive that each noun has its own gender in French, and other European languages. No one French I query knows why something is designated either male or female, and I often ...
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Are nouns derived from verbs (e.g. devoir) always masculine?

I assume that le devoir is derived from the verb devoir, as opposed to the other way around. Are there many other nouns derived from verbs, such that the noun is identical to the verb? Are these nouns ...
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Usage de « gare » comme une préposition

Lorsqu'un complément de lieu est une gare, on peut des fois l'exprimer de plusieurs manières : Je vais à la gare d'Austerlitz.   (description) Je vais à Gare d'Austerlitz.   (nom propre (de la ...
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Un mot pour un anniversaire chaque mois au lieu de chaque année

Existe-t-il une version mensuelle du mot "anniversaire"? "anniversaire" est formé des mots latins "annus" (année) et "versus" (revenir). Comme le mot "mois" vient de "mensis", je me demande s'il ...
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How do French people turn nouns into adjectives (of a sort)?

I learn French and I enjoy learning about its intricacies, much like English. I was wondering the other day - how do French people turn nouns into adjectives (when I say adjectives, they're not ...
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Feminine/plural for “enfant” and “parent”

Quand j'étais enfant, j'aimais ... If the person is female, should we use enfante? Similarly, in Quand nous étions enfant, nous aimions ... should we use enfant(e)s? Enfant is a noun that behaves ...
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La boîte de conserve

I know that “la boîte de conserve” is translated to “tin can”, however, that seems like a bit of a mouthful, so according to my dictionary it get's shortened to “la boîte de qqc” to refer to a “tin of ...
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Quel est le substantif associé à l'adjectif « désabusé » ?

Je cherche le nom commun décrivant le fait d'être désabusé. Le nom pour le verbe abuser est abus, mais peut-on parler de désabus ? Un synonyme est blasé, mais je cherche vraiment celui-là.
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Rules for using à, de as “linking” prepositions between two nouns? [duplicate]

I'd like to have a better understanding of the rules for linking two nouns together with à or de. For example: l'homme aux yeux bleus la femme au parapluie une tasse de café une chemise à ...
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What is an appropriate translation for “Gentlemen Weavers”? [closed]

I've come up with: Messieurs Tisseurs or Messieurs Tisserand. Suggestions? Thanks.
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What is the syntactic structure of “Béatrix enfant”

The question is on the highlighted bit in this passage from La Porte étroite by André Gide. Je ne puis décrire un visage ; les traits m’échappent, et jusqu’à la couleur des yeux ; je ne revois que ...
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Why is “une information” correct in French, but not its English equivalent?

In English, information is uncountable, so an information is incorrect, but I often see the French equivalent une information (as in donner une information). Why is this correct? Should I prefer the ...
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The present infinitive as a noun

The present infinitive forms of some verbs are listed as a noun in dictionaries. For example, être and repentir are masculine nouns. See here and here. Questions Can you use the present infinitive ...
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Dans quel(s) cas choisir le nom masculin « allié » ou féminin « alliée » ?

Bonjour. Je suis prise d'un énorme doute sur le choix du mot « allié » en tant que nom au masculin ou au féminin dans l'accroche qui suit: Faites de l'information votre allié stratégique Le mot « ...
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How to say “protective cover”?

Salut, I'm trying to say "Cover joints must be cleaned before replacing cover". However, I don't know the word for "cover"; I've tried looking up the word on wordreference and several forums but none ...
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Interpretation de « connaissance de base réseau »

J'ai un problème d’interprétation pour l'expression suivante (et plus généralement des constructions similaires). Connaissance de base réseau Est-ce que je dois interpréter la phrase comme: « ...
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How exactly do you say “a wireless computer mouse” in French?

Is une souris d'ordinateur sans fil how you would say it? les souris d'ordinateur sans fil would be the plural form? I know that many of you would probably say that une souris sans fil is already ...
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Are the adjectives always placed behind nouns? [duplicate]

I am a ground beginner. So, sorry for any misunderstanding. I have come across the sentence: "Elle a une robe rouge" So, is it always that adjectives are placed behind nouns, or are there special ...
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Using “de” vs an adjective

It seems that in French there are a few ways to provide extra attributes to a noun. With de, e.g. salle de bains With an adjective, e.g. chapeau rouge Is there some rule outside of common ...
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How to construct noun forms of verbs?

In English a noun form of the doer of a verb is usually formed by '-er' sound, e.g. run - runner, teach - teacher, sell - seller. Then the noun form of the action of the verb is usually the '-ing' ...
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Gender of the noun form of “locale”?

What is the gender of the (rare) noun form of "locale" in French, meaning "place or locality, especially with reference to events or circumstances connected with it"? I'm aware that this is much more ...
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Grammatical analysis of “les pronoms personnels sujets”

Consider the following sentence fragment: les pronoms personnels sujets I'm a beginning French student. So, my question is probably going to sound very simple to you. It's actually about super ...
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Correct diminutive of “génie”?

I am wondering what the correct diminutive of the word “génie” would be in French. Wikipedia lists several rules for forming the diminutive in French, but as “génie” is a masculine noun, the rules ...
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Un nom pour parler du caractère borné d'un objet : “bornitude” ?

En mathématiques, on a souvent besoin de dire que quelque chose est "borné" (au sens que la chose a des bornes, des délimitations). On a en fait même souvent besoin d'un nom qui correspondrait à l'...
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Do we have to say “une monster” or “un monster” while talking about the energy drink?

I am searching for the grammatical gender of the brand "Monster Energy" when we are talking in French. Is it "un monster" or "une monster"?
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Université des finances près le gouvernement russe

Il semble que l'Université des finances du gouvernement russe ait choisi pour nom français (un exemple ici) : Université des finances près le gouvernement russe Cette aberration grammaticale me ...
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Un nom général pour désigner une structure juridique

Entreprise, association, organisation, boutique, entité commerciale ou administrative à but lucratif ou pas… etc. Je cherche un nom court et générique qui peut remplacer toutes ces formes d'...
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Why is “dont la plupart est…” wrong?

When I gave my French speaking grandmother this sentence - À Stratford, il y a beaucoup de restaurants, dont la plupart est delicieux. Intending to say: In Stratford, there are lots of ...
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Est-ce qu'un pronom ou un verbe peuvent être noyau du groupe nominal?

Je rencontre des définitions différentes du noyau du groupe de nom. Dans certaines sources on dit que le noyau doit être absolument un nom, dans d'autres on dit qu'un pronom peut l'être, dans les ...
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Attaching “gauche” (or “droite”) to a noun

I'm trying to translate the following English mathematical sentence into French. ''Let G be a locally compact group, where u is the left Haar measure on G.'' For the first part, it has already been ...
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La différence entre « agissement » et « action », et d'autres cas similaires

En français, il y a plusieurs moyens de façonner un verbe pour qu’il devienne un substantif. On connait par exemple : agissement, action fléchissement, flexion Malgré la longueur des mots à gauche,...
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What are the origins of classifying nouns into masculine and feminine?

Why are nouns in French classified into masculine and feminine and what laws do classification depend on?
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Pourquoi le pluriel « allers-retours » est-il controversé ?

Le nom composé « aller-retour » est composé de deux noms et son pluriel est sémantiquement le pluriel des deux composantes. Il serait donc logique que son pluriel consiste à mettre les deux ...
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Le genre du nom « gens » en présence d'un adjectif

Ceci est issu de la page 34 de Schaum's Outline of French Grammar : When the adjective precedes the noun gens, it is feminine. When it follows, it is masculine. les bonnes gens (good people)...
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What does the “-met” in “gourmet” mean?

"Gourmet" means "connoisseur in eating and drinking". "Gour-" means "food". So what does the "-met" mean?