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A dialogue in “La Femme et le TGV”

I watched the movie "La Femme et le TGV". During the first dialogue at the beginning (a few minutes into the movie), the lady is bicycling and a car (driven by a young man) makes dust near ...
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Is it correct to say “dois-je” in a discussion?

I was talking with someone that gave me a form to fill, and I asked him: "Quand dois-je le retourner?" I feel like using "dois-je" in a normal discussion is odd and hard to ...
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What does “[noun] a comme [noun]” mean?

the following sentence came from https://francohalton.ca/ : L’Espace francophone de Halton a comme mission de favoriser le regroupement et l’épanouissement de la communauté francophone et francophile ...
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Usage du subjonctif avec la conjonction de subordination « que » et une fréquence

Bonjour, Dans cette phrase : Il est fréquent que quelqu'un soit si courageux qu'il prenne son courage à deux mains. Un de mes professeurs m'a indiqué qu'il était possible (et plutôt conseillé) d'...
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« Zoprack » L'emploi du verlan et les noms de marques

Dans la chanson L'instant X par Mylène Farmer, le mot zoprack m'intéresse au niveau de la productivité de la langue et l'argot : Papa Noël quand tu descendras du ciel Du fun, du zoprack et des ailes ...
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What is the difference in using “nous étudiions pendant des heures” and “nous étudiions des heures”

What is the difference in using nous étudiions pendant des heures and nous étudiions des heures? What is the difference in using pendant?
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Questions about “Avez-vous fait?”

Can avez-vous fait mean did you do, have you done since present tense is used with one type in French. Avez vous fait un service civique = did you do civil service, have you done civil service. Is it ...
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What is the difference in using “Il est retard” and “Il est en retard”?

What is the difference in using "Il est retard" and "Il est en retard"? If they are same, then how and why the two forms? I am new to French.
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Convey the word 'field' (implying all the participants in a contest or sport)

Every March, 68 college basketball teams are invited to compete in the NCAA tournament to determine a national champion. First, 8 teams participate in 4 “play in” games to reduce the field to 64. In ...
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Quels sont les noms communs ayant le plus de résultats sur Google ?

Par exemple voici les nombres de résultats (en millions) pour des mots ayant déjà des hautes fréquences dans la langue : 1970 temps 1500 maison 1410 vie 1070 monde 656 enfant 629 chose 480 accord 492 ...
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Shouldn't it be “des” in “une calebasse remplie de pistaches”?

As it is for example also "une larve des papillons" and not "une larve de papillons". Another example: "le tri des déchets". Another example without "s": "...
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What is the meaning of the construction « y aller de » ?

Larousse is saying that the definition of « y aller de » is « engager une certaine somme ; produire quelque chose comme contribution. (→ allez !, allons !, va !.) ». I don’t understand this definition....
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The pronunciation of “d” after a nasal vowel in French

Can “d” transform to “n” after nasal vowel? Example: Je viens de Paris (Je viens d’ Paris or je viens n’ Paris) Tant de livres (tant d’ livres or tant n’ livres)
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Was “être égaré” used in nautical contexts before 1600?

The Spanish expression al garete means literally "to drift" or even "to sink" depending on the context (among other figurative meanings). The Royal Spanish Academy considers the ...
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What would be the closest idiom matching “Dear Me”

I'm looking for the French idiom equivalent to "Dear Me". It bothers me to no end that I can't find one that is accurate enough even though I'm French... What I found but not actually ...
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Why not “grise” in “une fourrure gris clair”?

Since fourrure is female I would expect "une fourrure grise claire" but my text book says "gris clair", why?
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Quelle formulation est la meilleure: « C’est la perspective de quelque chose après la mort » ou «C’est pour la perpective de… »?

Contexte. Pourquoi les gens croient aux fantômes? C’est pour rigoler? Non. 1- C’est la perspective de quelque chose après la mort. 2- C’est la perspective d’un quelque chose après la mort. 3- C’est ...
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French translation for “quilt”

As I have recently encountered the French words "courtepointe" and "édredon" I wondering what the difference is between them and which is the more proper translation for the ...
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à / de / en / dans / sur which one is used when and in which situation? [closed]

à means -"at" "of" in" "to" de means "of" and "from" en means "in" dans means "in" "inside of" "to" sur ...
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What is the difference in using Nous allons à la pêche sur dimanche and Nous allons à la pêche le dimanche

What is the difference in using Nous allons à la pêche sur dimanche and Nous allons à la pêche le dimanche.
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Elle entend le cri des enfants

I read this sentence in my French studies book. Why is "cri" in singular? Several children surely cry in plural? Shouldn't it be "Elle entend les cris des enfants"? Or is this a ...
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What are these computational statistics concerning French words?

Or where can I find them ? It requires computational language, I hope these calculations have been done before. I'm seeking the minimum, median (not average) and maximum of the aspects below, for the ...
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Pourquoi les youtubeurs disent-ils “je vais vous partager…” ?

Pourquoi les youtubeurs disent-ils "je vais vous partager quelque chose" au lieu de dire "je vais partager quelque chose avec vous" ? Bien que le sens soit proche de "je vais ...
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Autres choses / d'autres choses

Bonjour/Bonsoir/Bonne nuit à toutes et à tous ! Quelle est la/les différence(s) entre "autres choses" et "d'autres choses" ? Existe-t-il des différences d'usage ? Pareil pour le ...
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Advice on how to pronounce properly 'en un', 'en un an', etc

I know that for, e.g. 'en un an' the pronunciation is ɑ̃n‿ɛ̃n‿ɑ̃ with the liaisons between the words and the nasal sounds, but I cannot figure out how to sound closer to a native.
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Conveying “in a nutshell”

How can one convey the idiom 'in a nutshell' (i.e. very briefly, giving only the main points) as "What went wrong?" "In a nutshell, everything." We can say 'en un mot' but I am ...
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Meaning «Qu'il n'en sorte que du bien»?

I know (I think =D) the meaning of the expression "en sorte que", and it could be translated as "in such a way that"... However, I don't understand the meaning of the «Qu'il n'en ...
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Meaning of the verb 'servir' in the Genesis 11

"Tout le monde se servait d’une même langue et des mêmes mots." FR "Now the whole world had one language and a common speech." EN What is the meaning of the verb 'senvir' in the ...
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What are some other examples of the word “si” being used in the way it's used in “pas si mal” ?

I'm new to this site, so if this question is inappropriate, please let me know in the comments and I can take it down. I am used to seeing the word "si" used as the English word "if&...
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“certains / des / quelque / quelques-uns / pas mal de” What does it all mean and in what situations it is used?

I looked up the word "some" from the translation and I saw these. Des (à+l) the only thing I know, des (de+les) which is indefinite version of les. But what about others? I've never heard of ...
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How do you say “My home isn’t really a home, it’s more like a house.”

A house is a place where humans live. A home is a place where a person lives with those whom he considers family. The french equivalent for “home” and “house” is « maison ». So then how does one say (...
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Différent de d'habitude

J'entends parmi certains franco-canadiens de telles expressions que "différent de d'habitude" et "parlons de d'autre chose". Le redoublement du "de" est redondant et donc ...
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“Un grand” vs “le grand”: What are the differences? When to use which one? [duplicate]

They all mean the same I guess. great/wonderful/big but when it comes to french I can't be sure. e.g: Le Grand Amour / Un Grand Amour (both are used generally if memory serves)
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What color is “vert Anglais”?

I am shopping for a bicycle which is available in "vert Anglais" but I'm having a hard time finding out exactly which colors could be considered "vert Anglais". I am also ...
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Is this tiret cadratin being used correctly?

I am writing a French haiku, and would like to know whether the em-dash, or the tiret cadratin, is being used correctly: La dent de lait : chez des cerisiers en fleurs et puis — un vent d’or. I ...
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Why is the verb not in plural form?

In the sentence" il me reste des croissants du weekend". Why isn't it " ils me restent...". Is it a set phrase? Thanks
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Celui-ci / Celui-là / Ceci what's the difference between them?

The meaning of the each are same, but which one is used in what condition?
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Sens du mot “patron” pour désigner client régulier (comme en anglais)

En anglais une signification du mot patron est a customer of a shop, restaurant, etc., especially a regular one. E.g. This car park is for patrons only. Cette signification, je crois, n'existe pas ...
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Passive or active voice for technical documentation?

My friend translates technical documentation from German into French. All the German documents are written using the passive voice. e.g. "The switch must be set to the 'off' position". This ...
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In the following sentence, is “finissions” in the imperfect indicative, in the present subjunctive, or in the imperfect subjunctive?

Maman, tu nous avais promis de nous acheter une glace, si nous finissions nos devoirs avant cinq heures ! In the above sentence, is the verb finir in the imperfect indicative, in the present ...
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Figure de style: mélange entre un adjectif et un nom homonymes

Entendu: Est-ce que cette veste est imperméable ? Si oui, tu pourrais l'acheter pour remplacer le tien. J'ai trouvé cette phrase très amusante. Je n'y vois rien d'incorrect à proprement parler, ...
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Why je avoir is abbreviated as j'ai rather than j'av or j'avi

For another example; Why Faire's abbreviation as fait? What causes these abbreviations? I know what makes; H muet, vowel but Faire ends with "e" not with a consonant. what about that? These ...
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Question in translation of quel âge as-tu ? [duplicate]

quel âge as-tu? . how does this sentence mean How old are you when as tu means do you have?How did this sentence formation took place?
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How does “Je fais de la pétanque” mean “I play pétanque” ?

"Je fais" means "I do" and "de la" means "of the". How can this sentence mean "I play pétanque"? I am having trouble with article contractions.
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How do you say “I’m tearing some off of it.”

This is a question which has occurred to me after asking this question. Here is the scenario: There is some fabric which BELONGS TO a jacket and this is the case in A, B and C. A I would like to say ...
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Difficulty in Je vais?

Je vais au cinéma Translate as I will to the cinema. How does it mean I will go to the cinema when we have not used French word for go?
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Why does “Tiens bon” mean “Hold on”?

"Tien" means "yours" and "bon" means "good".So how does "Tiens bon" mean "Hold on"? I am new French learner. I got to know about it from ...
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What's the difference between “j'ai un rêve / j'ai eu un rêve” and “je fais un rêve / j'ai fait un rêve” ?

The actual thing I wonder, what's the deal with "fait?" I looked at translate but I don't think it's mean "made". If it is, then "j'ai fait un rêve" must be "I have ...
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Is there any table for French grammar - question words and more?

I'm looking for a grammar table in French that explains Question words Common phrases Basic verb rules Basic way to say "it, some, any..." etc. Is there any a table or large picture for ...
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Comment rendre plus élégante la phrase «Son activité « math stack exchange » est une bonne révision »?

Son activité « math stack exchange » est une bonne révision. Son activité « math stack exchange » est une bonne façon de réviser ses mathématiques. Devrais-je plutôt écrire: Regarder son activité « ...

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