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

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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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Does voyage souvent make sense?

I am trying to figure out how to say travel often in French. I ran “travel often” through Google translator and got “voyage souvent”. But I have two questions Is the translation correct Does that ...
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Usage of “hier” to convey “ yesterday” as in “I need this report yesterday”

Yesterday has an idiomatic usage which is basically a synonym for "as soon as possible". I need those reports, and I need them yesterday. ≈ I need them ASAP. We want to see them in a concert. ...
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Conveying “If any” as in “Her feelings, if any, were not shown.”

How can if any be interpreted in French in cases like those below? Her feelings, if any, were not shown. She could take two of those candies, if any. “Le cas échéant” is rather formal, isn't ...
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Comment exprimer « to flip the script » ?

J'ai entendu l'expression anglaise (to) flip the script, « (slang) to reverse a situation, especially by doing something unexpected » (Wiktionnaire). Le contexte c'était la compétition et le style des ...
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Alexander the Great quotation: “I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living well.”

The other day I had a conversation with some colleagues about the role of teachers in the proper education of a student. I wanted to quote Alexander the Great: I am indebted to my father for living,...
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“Basic conflict” en français?

"Basic conflict" semble être un faux ami (ça ne veut pas dire "un conflit basique/peu complexe"). On le voit dans cette étude : Harmful traditions create a basic conflict. [...] This is the basic ...
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Conveying the idea of “to hell and back”

To hell and back: through a very difficult or unpleasant situation that often lasts for a long time. E.g. I have been to hell and back since my wife became ill. Je suis allé en enfer et en ...
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How to ask in French: “What is going on?”

Situation: A teacher, holding his lesson, is once more disturbed by a noise out of the classroom and asks the students "What is going on?" Will he ask « – De quoi s'agit-il ? » or « Qu'est-ce qui se ...
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Traduction de “phrase or sentence”

Define system, boundary, adiabatic boundary, diathermal boundary, environment, heat, state variables, and equation of state with a phrase or sentence. How should I interprète phrase or sentence in ...
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Transat, chaise longue, bain de soleil ou chilienne ?

Salut à tout le monde, je suis un interprète italien, je suis en train de me préparer pour un travail ITA-FRA dans le domaine de l'accessibilité des plages aux PMR, et je me suis trouvé face à un ...
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« Violate » et « violer » en physique

Je suis physicien et enseigne à l'université. Je ne suis pas un locuteur natif du français. En anglais on peut employer une phrase comme celle-ci : This statement violates the first law of ...
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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 can I use a French verb substantival? - For example to formulate a title?

In English: to live - living (Living on Earth): to cook - cooking (Title: Cooking of vegetables). I am specially interested in a substantival form for "Speaking"
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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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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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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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