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Questions concernant l'équivalent français d'une expression ou d'un mot d'une autre langue.

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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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Can “Use this instead” be translated with “plutôt”?

Use this instead. Does plutôt match the meaning of instead in this context ? I.e. Utilise ça plutôt.
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Sens de « Tu peux te gratter » ?

Est-ce que cette expression serait l’équivalent de « suit yourself » en anglais ? J’ai du mal à trouver une autre traduction.
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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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Traduction de « Feedback »

J'étais en train d'écrire un « post » sur le meta de ce site et j'ai complètement bloqué sur la traduction du mot « feedback » ou de l'expression « asking for feedback » lors de la traduction de l'...
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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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Contexte et orthographe du mot « feedback »

Il me semble que le mot « feedback » est assez répandu dans le monde académique, le monde industriel, et celui des entreprises et du commerce. Peut-on l'utiliser en dehors de ces contextes ? Le mot « ...
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“Fancy” as an adjective

In two cases I seem to be unable to find the right translation for fancy into French. A fancy camera A fancy hotel It mustn't be so hard to understand but I'm quite hazy about what's meant there ...
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« carpe diem » en français

En français courant peut-on employer l'expression latine carpe diem ou pas ? Est-ce mieux d'utiliser une interprétation française, p. ex. jouir, profiter de l'instant présent ? Peut-on employer la ...
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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 ...
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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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“The program runs forever”

This simple C++ program runs forever and I can't figure out why. Which word or locution renders forever in this contexte? pour toujours, à jamais, perpétuellement, sans arrêt,...?
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La voix passive

The English Passive may often be rendered by the French Passive. However, the French Passive is less frequently employed than the English and various constructions are commonly used instead (on+active ...
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Accurate translation of list of allergens

I need to be able to say precisely in French the following. I am allergic to all nuts, legumes and pulses. This includes for example peanuts, peas, chickpeas and beans. My problem is that I am ...
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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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La fonction de « turn taking » et le « end of turn signal » ?

Ailleurs on discute de la fonction de turn-taking de marqueurs discursifs/de discours, et en particulier de celle de end of turn signal. En commentaires (1,2) on explique de manière vraiment ...
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Monty Python's Woman instead of Roman (W instead of R speaking defect)

As 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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What is the French phrase of “Do you expect me to believe that?!”

When I asked "You've heard of One Direction, right?", my pal answered "Nope.", so I wanted to react, surprised, "What? Haha, do you expect me to believe that?! Have you any idea how hard it was for ...
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What does “flâneur recherché” translate to? [on hold]

As the title says, I'm trying to figure out what "flâneur recherché" means. I don't know the first word but I'm fairly sure the second word is research.
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Translating “It’s not like x” and “Not that x”?

How would I say for example “I mean, it’s not like they’ll let me go”? Meaning it’s not likely they’ll let me go, realistically they won’t let me go, etc. Also, how would I say for example “I’m glad ...
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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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Translation of “account for”

What is the most adequate interpretation of account for in contexts like: The proposed hierarchical micromechanics scheme accounts for viscoelastic matrix response. Does prendre en compte, as ...
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Traduction de “(But) which is which?”

Suppose we need the formula for the area of a circle for some computation. Like many people who learned geometry too long ago to recall with any certainty, two expressions may pop into our mind when ...
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Comment traduire « software framework » en français ?

Comment traduire « software framework » en français dans un document officiel comme un CV par exemple ? Est ce qu'on peut l'utiliser comme ça ? J'ai aussi trouvé deux alternatives mais je ne sais ...
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What’s the French equivalent to ‘why not?’

I’m doing my french homework and I’m curious if the french/francophone people say ‘why not’ as ‘pourquoi non’. If not, what’s the equivalent of it?
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“ blow someone out of water”

Source: https://writingexplained.org/idiom-dictionary/blow-someone-out-of-the-water The English phrase to blow someone out of the water has literal origins, but it is more commonly used in a ...
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“School of Applied Mathematics and Physical Sciences” en français (de ou des)

J'essaie de traduire en français le nom d'une École dont le nom en anglais est School of Applied Mathematics and Physical Sciences. Je me demande quelle traduction, entre celles ci-après, est ...
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'Il s'agit plutôt' dans ce contexte

J'ai lu cette phrase dans une vidéo: « S'engager pour un monde meilleur quand il s'agit plutôt de l’air droit dans le mur, c’est chaud. » Je ne la comprends pas. Il me semble que c'est à cause de « ...
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How to say “I took your class last year” to a teacher

I am unfamiliar with the grammar and would like to tell my teacher that I was in her class last year since she doesn't seem to remember me. How could I add the name of this class in the sentence as ...
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In French, how do you say idiomatically “No questions are off limits”?

In order to check to see if there were some particular topics that we didn't want them to touch upon on camera, they asked us beforehand if we would consider some questions uncalled for. Then I wanted ...
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“Feel free” et “N'hésitez pas”

En anglais l'on peut dire : Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions. En français pourrait-on dire : S'il vous plaît n'hésitez pas à me contacter si vous avez des questions. ...
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« Jalon », sens figuré (celui de « milestone »), est-il courant ?

Dans un article anglais sur l'histoire de la mécanique j'ai vu : Milestones in the history of mechanics. Je traduis cette phrase par Jalons dans l'histoire de la mécanique. Peut-on employer ...
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How to say somebody is trouble (in a flirtatious way)?

I guess troublemaker, "perturbateur de troubles" is somewhat close. But wondering if there's a phrase or word that keeps the "naughtyness" kind of connotation. I'm trying to flirt with a girl I met in ...
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Siblings in French

In English there is siblings, in German Geschwister. To the best of my knowledge, French does not have a single word but rather uses * (les) frères et sœurs* construction. So does French lack indeed ...
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What is a natural way to say 'The rumor proved to be no more than that'?

I got stuck for words when I wanted to say 'The rumor proved to be no more than that' like below. 'The rumor of his proposing to her proved to be no more than that.' Does this make sense in French, ...
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“Springboard” figurative use equivalent in French?

En anglais on peut dire : He saw the governor's office as a springboard to a national career. Où springboard signifie starting point. Peut-on employer tremplin pour la traduction de cette phrase ...
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Le « heat pipe » reliant le processeur à un échangeur thermique ?

En ce qui a trait à l'aménagement interne d'un ordinateur portable : We've got a single heat pipe running from the CPU over to a small heat exchanger that exhausts here at the back of the unit. ...
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« Schadenfreude » : usage en français et traduction

Le mot allemand Schadenfreude, qui décrit « un malin plaisir tiré de l’infortune d’autrui », est un casse-tête récurrent dans la traduction. Il décrit une chose tellement précise qu'il a été importé ...
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“Faire le buzz” / “faire du buzz”

Les expressions « faire le buzz / faire du buzz » sont-elles assez répandues en dehors des mondes technologique internet, entreprise, marketing, etc. ? Comment doit-on prononcer buzz afin d'être bien ...
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Ways to express “The reader may wish to…” / “The reader may want to…”

As an application the reader may wish to prove... (see for instance here) The reader may want to show that for our example... What are some standard ways (if it is a common practice as in English)...
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Le « tin tie coffee bag » ?

Comment nomme-t-on ou décrit-on un « tin tie coffee bag » ? On utilise souvent ce genre de sac que ce soit de papier ou en plastique pour le vente de café moulu ou en grains. On a parfois des ...
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“Show/prove otherwise” en français

J'essaie d'exprimer l'idée de « prove otherwise » dans la phrase suivante L'horreur de la situation mondiale 'proves otherwise' Je pense qu'il faut utiliser « prouve le contraire ». Cet usage est-...
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Traduction de core dans un contexte particulier

Je participe à la traduction d'un site anlgais et plus généralement à la passation de connaissances de la communauté anglophone à la communauté français sur le sommeil polyphasique et je bloque sur l'...
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Does “comme on était à New York” mean “since” or “as though”?

Quote: — Je sais que tu pars souvent avec lui, mais dis-moi franchement, êtes-vous allés chez le même coiffeur ? — As-tu l’intention de me faire un interrogatoire ? Car si c’est le cas, je ...
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être flingué meaning [closed]

Please, I came across this expression and I couldn't understand it (être flingué) could anyone give me its definition and put it in an example? Thanks in advance
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“It will become the talk of Paris” - translation into French

"This innovative Canadian TV comedy will soon become the talk of Paris once again." I'd like to know, when a certain TV star or program, or a scandalous politician or company is expected to become ...
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Looking for the original quote from the film Le Brio

“When you only use complicated words for a while, you forget to say things the easy way.”
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“Handle/treat someone/something with kids gloves”: translation variants and phrasing?

I'm looking at the translations for the idiom handle/treat (someone) with kids gloves and I can see manipuler avec des gants de soie, prendre des gants (Wiktionary) and prendre des gants avec quelqu'...
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How do you say “buy” in the sense of “believe”?

Is there a French equivalent for saying something like “I don’t buy it!” meaning “I don’t believe that at all!”?
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At the eleventh hour

What are some colloquial ways to say "at the eleventh hour" (the last moment or almost too late, see, e.g., https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/eleventh-hour)? One way should obviously ...