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“a step down” in French

How do you translate "step down" to French. The meaning I am looking for is: London is not a step down from Paris or The Senate is not a step down from governorship Does "une etape en bas" ...
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The meaning of “tu peux toujours engluer à la maison”

I'm having a hard time trying to understand what the meaning of this phrase is: tu peux toujours engluer à la maison
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Y a-t-il un livre équivalent à un livre Introduction_to_Spectral theory[B._M._Levitan,_I._S._Sargsjan]_ [closed]

Y a-t-il un livre équivalent à un livre Introduction_to_Spectral theory[B._M._Levitan,_I._S.Sargsjan] J'avais besoin d'un livre avec les détails des chapitres 1 et 2 d'un livre ...
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Conveying the idea of “tricky”

The other day I wanted to say to my students That was easy, here's a trickier one. I said Ça c'était facile, en voici un plus délicat. But I think délicat is of higher register than tricky. ...
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French equivalent of “hands-on tutorial”

What is the equivalent of "hands-on tutorial"? Can one use tutoriel pratique or formation pratique for instance?
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Que veut dire “une ligne de crête” - sens politique ou social et non pas géologique

Quel est le sens de la phrase "une ligne de crête", non pas dans le sens géologique du terme mais plutôt dans un sens politique. Je l'ai entendu sur France Infos ce soir. C'était dans le cadre d'une ...
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“Are you happy?” as a greeting

I was speaking with a French-Canadian person recently, and he mentioned that there's a French greeting that translates to "Are you happy?" I thought this was interesting because it strikes me as a ...
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Conveying the idea of “It's piece of cake” by “simple comme bonjour” or “bête comme chou”

L'autre jour j'ai voulu dire "I cannot understand the grades. The exam paper was a piece of cake." J'ai dit : Les notes sont inexplicables. Les sujets étaient simples comme bonjour." Je ne ...
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Using “meilleure chose depuis le pain en tranches” to convey “best thing since sliced bread”

Googling about the British idiom "Best thing since sliced bread" I encounter the French expression "meilleure chose depuis le pain en tranches". Is it a proper French idiomatic expression? For ...
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The use of “une Cata”

I just saw the following Tweet in French about the MEP Magid Magid. "Le Swag du depute Magid Magid @MagicMagid au Parlement europeen est sans doute une des raisons pour lesquelles le Brexit est une ...
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Conveying the idea of “Elvis has left the building” (i.e. Sth has come to an end – it’s over)

https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elvis_has_left_the_building Le sens que prend l'expression quand elle est réutilisée hors contexte est : « C'est fini, il n'y a plus rien à attendre, à espérer ». ...
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Translating “hint” in a mathematical context

J'ai un mot sur le bout de la langue, mais je n'arrive pas à le trouver. Je voudrais rendre en français le mot "hint" dans le contexte d'énoncés des exercices mathématiques. P. ex. ...Here are some ...
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Conveying the idea of “ judge a book by its cover” by “ juger un livre par sa couverture”

What are some colloquial ways to convey the idea of "You can’t judge a book by its cover" meaning one should not judge something or someone by how it, he or she looks - it's what's on the inside ...
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Conveying the idea of “(it) speaks for itself” (i.e. sth is clear and needs no further explanation)

What are some colloquial ways to express the idea of "(it) speaks for itself" meaning that something is clear and needs no further explanation? I have seen examples with "(Quelque chose/Cela) parle d'...
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Conveying the idea of “ It goes without saying” with “Il va sans dire”

When I studied French I was learnt that the expression "it goes without saying" is conveyed by "il va sans dire". Dictionaries affirme this. So for Of course, it goes without saying that you'll be ...
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Le sens d' « écoblanchiment » s'appuie-t-il vraiment sur l' « action de donner une existence légale… » etc. ?

Dans un titre on trouve « À l'ONU, les jeunes dénoncent l’écoblanchiment » (lapresse.ca) et je ne connaissais pas ce terme (ni le sens de greenwashing vraiment d'ailleurs) et je ne l'ai pas ...
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Conveying the idea of “down the road” (i.e. in the future)

https://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/down+the+road Lots of things will have changed a few years down the road. Down the road is used metaphorically instead of in the future. One could say ...
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“he ran up the road” to french

I thought: Il a couru jusqu'à la route. But that is "He ran up TO the road." or Il a couru de la route. But that is "He ran (away) from the road." So how would I convey the real meaning ...
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Why is 'rends' needed in this sentence

I am trying to say: This is the first time I visit her This is how I thought it should be written: C'est la première fois que je lui visite This is how it is actually written: C'est la ...
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Conveying the sentence “The force can be seen physically as a push or a pull.”

The force can be seen physically as a push or a pull. Deepl translates this sentence as La force peut être considérée physiquement comme une poussée ou une traction. I am wondering if there is a ...
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Comment traduire le concept de « bullet journal » ?

Un usage contemporain du calepin est le bullet journal [« Bullet Journals are usually handwritten, and kept in a single notebook »], concept d’organiseur mis au point par Ryder Caroll au début des ...
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Emploi de “frappe, mais écoute” ('strike, if you will; but hear') (grec: pataxon men, akouson de)

En grec ancien, on dit πάταξον μέν, ἄκουσον δέ (pataxon men, akouson de) = strike, if you will; but hear = frappe, mais écoute Voici un peu de contexte historique. https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/...
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“It is readily seen” and its variations

One turn that I always wonder how to convey properly in French in a mathematical context is it is readily seen and its common variations it can readily be seen and it may readily be seen. For example ...
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Usage de la préposition en dans un énoncé mathématique

Je voudrais traduire l'énoncé : Voici ma tentative : Faut-il inclure en dans on peut en conclure (deux dernières lignes de la démonstration) ? En outre, faut-il utiliser le participe présent (...
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How to say “cheat sheet” in French

How to say cheatsheet in French in the sense of Quick Reference Card and not of cheating in the exams? For instance, here is a trigonometry cheat sheet http://tutorial.math.lamar.edu/pdf/...
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Le mot “sérendipité”

Le mot "sérendipité" vient du mot anglais "serendipity" ([1], [2], [3]). Est-ce un mot répandu en France ? Peut-on l'employer couramment pour exprimer (...) le fait de réaliser une découverte ...
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How to say: but there are some differences in the translation

I want to say this sentence in French: but there are some differences in the translation Is it: 1. Mais, il y a des différents dans la traduction 2. Mais, il y a quelques différents de ...
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Conveying the idea of “alive and kicking”

What are some colloquial ways to express in French "alive and kicking" (meaning alive and healthy) as in A: "How are you doing after your surgery?" B: "I'm alive and kicking!" She ran a ...
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Conveying the idea of “can’t hold a candle to”

If you say that one person or thing can't hold a candle to another, you meant that the first person or thing is not nearly as good as the second. E.g. There is not one rock star today who could ...
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Expressing “(one's) off” as in “he is working his ass off”

(slang) (One's) ass off is used to emphasize the preceding verb as having been done to the maximum degree. For instance I worked my ass off to get where I am today! The people in the back were ...
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« Code golf » : le choix de l'analogie dans la traduction ?

Le « code golf » est une forme de compétition de « programmation récréative durant laquelle chaque participant s'efforce d'implémenter un algorithme donné en produisant un programme le plus court ...
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What exactly does “le quotiden” mean in “tu oublies le quotiden”?

Quote: — J'avoue, que tes arguments sont bons. Mais je préfère l'ambiance d'un théâtre. Les salles de cinéma manquent de charme. Ce que j'aime dans un théâtre, c'est le rideau rouge et les bruits ...
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How to translate “On brigue le suffrage des electeurs.”? [closed]

In this interview at +- 4:59 the man says Lorsqu'on brigue le suffrage des électeurs, il vaut mieux se dire démocrate. How does one say in english "On brigue le suffrage des electeurs"?
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Comment traduire « full of beans » : adjectif simple, syntagme ou locution ?

En anglais on a l'« adjectif idiomatique » full of beans, signifiant entre autres « energetic and enthusiastic » (Wiktionnaire) ou « full of energy and life » (Merriam Learners) : Jem was among ...
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Is there some sort of French saying for “a person's signature move”?

I don't know why but I just feel like the French would have a saying for something like this, kind of like pièce de résistance but instead of the most prominent or best part of something, a signature ...
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French equivalent of “my cup of tea”

https://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/my-cup-of-tea.html One expression that I consider a "classic" English one is "my cup of tea". Does the literal translation in French, i.e. "ma tasse de thé", ...
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Chain rule (of differentiation)

En anglais, on peut dire the chain rule (of differentiation of a function composed of two or more functions). J'ai constaté que la version homologue française « règle de dérivation en chaîne ...
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What does “se jouer” mean here?

I have seen this sentence on Quora today, but I have failed to match the meaning of this word to the definitions listed in Larousse or translate it reliably: La différence entre l'infinitif et le ...
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What does “adresser un pot de confiture à l'aigreur de la situation” mean?

Nietzsche : "J’adresse un pot de confiture pour me débarrasser d’une histoire qui tourne au vinaigre." What is meant by the expression adresser un pot de confiture? Especially the word adresser has ...
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“Practice makes perfect” and “c'est en forgeant qu'on devient forgeron”

Trying to translating "practice makes perfect" (i.e. if one practices an activity enough, one will eventually master it; see https://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/practice+makes+perfect) I encountered ...
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'I went here to venerate the priest martyr.'- is this sentence's translation to French natural? [closed]

I'd like to know the translation to French of the expression 'I went here to venerate the martyred priest.', since I have no knowledge in French. the Google translator tells me this sentence - 'Je ...
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Quelle est la signification de l'expression “on additionne pas des choux et des carottes”?

J'ai vu cette expression dans des forums de discussion, qui ne parlaient pas de recettes de cuisine...
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Emploi métaphorique du mot “parapluie”

So continuum mechanics is not a new or challenging topic. Rather it is a chance to start over and put all that was studied previously under a single umbrella. Peut-on employer le mot parapluie dans ...
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Le mot “parlance”

I was reading a mathematical textbook and I encountered the following passage: Ordinary words which in common parlance have many different shades of meaning are used in mathematics with very ...
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How do French people typically say, 'from all the odds and ends we had lying around'?

I'm not sure a French expression matching with this exists but French language is rich in the scope of their expressions, so I must try. What is a typical way to say, 'from all the odds and ends we ...
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“Quand Dieu distribua des cerveaux, tu gardas un parapluie”

En Grèce on a une expression qui peut être littéralement traduite en français comme suit : "Quand Dieu distribua des cerveaux, tu gardas un parapluie". ou au sens plus figuré "Quand Dieu ...
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Translation of “I don't have anything to smile about”

I'm trying to translate the lyric: "I don't have anything to smile about." Does Je n'en ai rien pour sourire or Je n'ai rien pour en sourire sound okay to you? Or would a different ...
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Affété, maniéré, affecté, guindé

En essayant de traduire en français l'adjectif grec επιτηδευμένος-epitidevménos (affected et stilted sont deux mots anglais approchant son sens), j'ai rencontré plusieurs adjectifs : Affété, ...
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French equivalent of “Make leaps and bounds”

Talking about an English grammar book to some French friends I wanted to say something like Use this book and soon you will be making leaps and bounds. In fact I have seen the expression in this ...
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“To go from zero to hero”

I was talking to my colleagues about one Mechanics book and I wanted to say something like With this book any student may go from zero to hero. Or equivalently This book may take any student ...