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« Offspring » en français

Tom's sister came over on Saturday with all her offspring. Quel mot ou expression rend le mot « offspring » dans le sens de [humorous or formal] a person's children: https://dictionary....
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How to say in French: He lives voluntarily like a prisoner?

I want to describe a person who has psychic problems and is not able to communicate with others or to leave his direct environment. How can I say this in French?
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Les nuances du concept de la vérité : comment traduire « правда » et « истина » le plus simplement ?

En russe, il y a deux façons de parler de la vérité : pravda et istina. L'une, c'est la vérité « instinctive », l'autre, c'est la vérité « formelle », celle « dans les choses, hors de nous ». Dans ...
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“Ridiculously” (expressing absurdly or unbelievably good, bad, crazy, etc.) and “ridiculement”

Remembering Rush's Ridiculously Good Drummer ridiculous[ ri-dik-yuh-luhs ] (https://www.dictionary.com/browse/ridiculously) 1. adjective causing or worthy of ridicule or derision; absurd; ...
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How to translate “evidence” from English to French?

I have a very hard time translating the word “evidence” to French, where evidence is used in the context of science, as in Carl Sagan's famous quote: Extraordinary claims require extraordinary ...
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Equivalent en français courant, et aussi en linguistique française de “mondegreen”

Quel est le terme courant en français, et en linguistique française (deux termes s'ils sont différents), équivalents à "mondegreen"? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mondegreen En espagnol, c'est par ...
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Comment on traduire “une source de” en anglais? [closed]

Voici une phrase: "Une source de k symboles ayant une distribution P peut être asymptotiquement encodée avec H(P) bits en moyenne." I'm wondering who to translate "Une source de". I would translate ...
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La « crosse amovible de mitraillage/tir par rafales » : emploi et autres propositions ?

Je lisais qu'un an après la tuerie de la Saint-Valentin à Parkland en Floride (États-Unis) on avait réussi à faire étendre « en décembre l'interdiction des bump stocks à l'ensemble des États-Unis » ...
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Strange use of “c'est sûrement”?

In a children's book I was reading, a young boy says, "C'est sûrement maman. C'est sûrement le matin..." to his mom when she's trying to wake him up for school. It seems like the boy is saying ...
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Interpretation of “Deux droites confondues” in (mathematical) context

I am reading a French geometry textbook that says the following: Pour ce qui va nous intéresser ici, deux droites qui ne se rencontrent pas (ou sont confondues) sont dites parallèles. My English ...
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Saying how is it that you know French

How would you say: "How is it that you know French?" Comment est-il que tu sais le français? Merci à tous.
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Pourquoi « comment vous appelez-vous », et pas « quel est votre nom » comme en anglais ?

We know that when French people want to know someone's name, ask “Comment vous appelez-vous ?”. However this literally means “How do you call yourself?”. Why they don't use something like “quel est ...
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Comment dire en français « You go to your church and I'll go to mine. » ?

Comment pourrait-on rendre cet adage en français ? You go to your church and I'll go to mine. Cette formule, apparemment d'origine américaine, est parfois utilisée par des américains pour exprimer ...
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“ouvrier emboîteur” translation

What kind of work is "ouvrier emboîteur" per Le Maitron? I can't find enough context for a translation.
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Bon voyage vs bonnes vacances [closed]

My friend is going on a holiday this weekend. Can i say "bon voyage"? Or is it "bonnes vacances"? And what's the difference between these 2 phrases? Merci.
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Sens de l'expression « Seulement, il y a eu le soupçon et c'est toujours cela de gagné. »

Je suis en train de lire « La Peste » d'Albert Camus, et sur la 2ème page il dit : Seulement, il y a eu le soupçon et c'est toujours cela de gagné. Je ne comprends pas ce que cela veut dire. ...
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How to say “You’re fucking cute.”

I want to say “You’re fucking cute.” in french. I learnt from this article that « putain de » is roughly equivalent to the word “fucking” (adjective form). So, "Ma putain de voiture est si belle" ...
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Verbs of French onomatopoeia

I have several related questions about the verbs used to describe the act of making a sound. In English we often can use -ed to verbalize the noun corresponding to the sound itself, e.g. "it squealed"...
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Conveying the word “dot” as opposed to “point”

I am puzzled about the word "dot" in the context of the following paragraph: Mark on a line the points satisfying the following inequalities, using a circle to indicate an end point which is ...
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Monty Python's Woman instead of Roman (W instead of R speaking defect)

A sequel to the previous related question Monty Python's Life of Brian: "Biggus Dickus" translated as "Enormus Vergus" In the original version the Roman governor has a ...
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Monty Python's Life of Brian: “Biggus Dickus” translated as “Enormus Vergus”

Here is the particular (very funny!) passage: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xv2dVNu-Z34&t=136s And here is some of the dialogue of the French subtitled version. One notes that the " Biggus ...
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Gender of nouns preceding prepositional phrases

I apologize in advance if I'm comparing apples and oranges here in terms of English and French grammatical structures, but it's the best I can do at the moment given my knowledge. I'm trying to find ...
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Comment traduire « upload » ?

J'ai toujours eu de la difficulté avec ce mot. Partout où je cherche, je trouve télécharger, mais j'aimerais pouvoir faire la distinction entre download et upload. Il me semble que télécharger est ...
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How do you say “so much so” in French? [closed]

I want to say the following sentence in French: Person1: I want you to make it to the farm so much so that I’ll even apologise to Jake.
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Comment rendre « meaningful expressions » ?

State which of the following expressions are meaningful in the indicial notation. Indiquer quelles formules parmi les suivantes ont du sens dans la notation indicielle. Je me demande s'il existe ...
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Conveying the idea of « go figure »

En grec nous avons une expression « τρέχα (https://www.wordreference.com/gren/%CF%84%CF%81%CE%AD%CF%87%CE%B1) γύρευε (see, look for, search for, figure out) » (trecha gyreve) ; on le dit de quelque ...
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What is “sales” called in French? [closed]

We are trying to make a new e-mail account that people can reach us at for sales. What would you call that? vente@emaildomain.com ? We have really tried to figure out what this is called on other ...
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Translation of “It is found to be”

The echelon form of the matrix is found to be given by... La forme échelonnée de la matrice se trouve être donnée par... I have a feeling that the French turn would sound a bit weird to native ...
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Comment traduire « chip on the shoulder » ?

Existe-t-il une expression en français équivalente à « chip on the shoulder » qui désigne l'attitude d'une personne aigrie qui s’énerve facilement.
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She is doing it!

I am wondering if there a good way to say "She is doing it!" in the sense of cheering someone on. An example context, to make myself clear: 2 swimmers are competing and near the end of the race the ...
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Usage of “tour de force”

In English one can use a tour de force speaking about a display of a skill, or ingenuity. For instance, In 1943 in a tour de force of mathematical physics, Lars Onsager solved the 2D Ising Model. (...
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Has any 19th century author used the term “Galles” for “Gauls” except Étienne Pivert de Senancour in “Obermann”?

Asking other questions (How and when was the name "Pays de Galles" constructed in French?) I found from a comment (see username in last part of that question) about an entry from a 19th ...
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Idiom for “Ahead of its time”

Is En avance sur son temps idiomatic in French as Ahead of its time in English? For instance, Five Movies with Special Effects Ahead of Their Time. Cinq films avec effets spéciaux en avance ...
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« Surprisingly, perhaps,… » et « Étonnamment, peut-être,… »

Surprisingly, perhaps, Matlab gives a solution to this over-determined system. Étonnamment, peut-être, Matlab donne une solution à ce système surdéterminé. « Étonnamment » peut-il être employé ...
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What expression is analogous to “whoops a daisy”?

Is there an expression in French that is analogous to the English whoops a daisy? I'm asking about an old-fashioned expression that would be used nowadays to express having made a small mistake, for ...
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Quel mot français se rapprocherait de « apricity »?

Je cherche un mot de français ou d'ancien français, ou de français régional, pour traduire « apricity ». « Apricity » a disparu (quasiment) de la langue anglaise moderne, mais réapparaît parfois. Il ...
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Traduction de l'anglais « man's man »

I On trouve une définition de « man's man » dans le dictionnaire anglais-français « Harrap's »; c'est « un vrai homme, un homme que les autres hommes admirent ». Cependant, dans cette source, ...
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“Sequence of topics”: French equivalent

What is the French equivalent of "sequence of topics"? Can one use séquence des sujets or thèmes traités? Below I provide an example of usage of the English expression.
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What is the French verb for ”glitching” ?

This maybe an easy question but I still need help: I want to say in French “My phone is glitching.” But when I look on https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english-french nothing comes up.
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Translation of “junket”

What's the translation of “junket” in French? From https://www.lexico.com/en/definition/junket (mirror): Informal. An extravagant trip or celebration, in particular one enjoyed by government ...
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Conveying computationally (talking about algorithms; e.g. computationally ineficient/expensive) avec computationnellement

La méthode de Cramer [1] est insuffisante sur le plan des calculs. (computationally inefficient). La méthode de Cramer est insuffisante computationnellement. La méthode de Cramer est ...
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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'...
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Conveying the meaning of “Last nail in the coffin” with “(le) dernier clou dans le cercueil”

The other day, I was trying to convey the meaning of the Last nail in the coffin. The literal translation Dernier clou dans le cercueil. seems to be unknown to natifs. (Some students didn't ...
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Explain the sentence “Est-ce que cela vous a plu, vous, d'habiter aux États-Unis ?”

Pretty much the title says it all. I recently heard this sentence and I didn't understand what it means. The translator shows it as "Is it better for you to live in the United States?", but I don't ...
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What is the slang meaning of chatière?

I was reading a New Yorker article about the "city" under Paris it was mentioned that there is another meaning besides cat flap for chatière. However my google-fu appears to be weak today, and I can't ...
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Translation of “hawker” when selling fruits or some other small items in a train

I'm trying to find the proper name for someone who sells fruits or some other small items in a train. The seller is walking around the train trying to find customers: (image source: https://en....
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“Inline function”

I was searching several sources like French programming and software terminology? What is the French term for "inline function" ? Fonction en ligne me paraît faux. Peut-on employer *fonction inline" ...
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Comment traduire « in-place upgrade » : sur place ?

En informatique on trouve le terme « in-place upgrade », une mise à niveau sans supprimer l'installation existante ni les données associées, généralement par opposition au « clean install » (l'...
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Translation for “Readability is one thing, legibility is another”?

J'ai trouvé la phrase « Readability is one thing, legibility is another » dans le livre Agile Documentation et j'aimerais bien avoir deux mots distincts de même sens que ceux en anglais, puisque la ...
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Comment traduire « … to social attacks they receive » : cohérence ?

Research points to users being significantly more susceptible to social attacks they receive on mobile devices. [...] (2019 Data Breach Investigations Report, Verizon Business, p. 14) À la lecture ...