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Sandra replied to Crack1's discussion Take pains
"Hi! To keep the idea of "pain" I would suggest "se donner du mal" = put a lot of effort on doing something properly and carefully. Je me suis donné(e) (beaucoup) de/du mal pour lui organiser un voyage The slang form you…"
Feb 1

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George Hunt replied to Crack1's discussion Take pains
"You can find quite a few different ways of expressing this idea here: http://www.linguee.com/english-french/translation/take+pains.html"
Dec 30, 2016
Crack1 posted a discussion

Take pains

I have taken pains to arrange a trip for him.I took pains to arrange a trip for him.How do you translate take pains into French?Take is prendre in French.Pain is 'mal in French, I think.Mal a dos is back pains in FrenchSee More
Dec 29, 2016
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Dec 23, 2016

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Curt Jugg replied to Curt Jugg's discussion Functions of "en" and "déjà" in sentence
"Many thanks for the speedy reply, George. Yes, adding "even then"  and "of them"makes the translation read better. Thanks again."
Dec 23, 2016

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George Hunt replied to Curt Jugg's discussion Functions of "en" and "déjà" in sentence
""One [a suitcase] like they don't make any more, certainly, because, according to her,even then they weren't making any more like that." Any good?  "déjà " is normally translated as…"
Dec 23, 2016

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Curt Jugg posted a discussion

Functions of "en" and "déjà" in sentence

I am returning to my study of French after a gap, and I have come across this sentence (quoted in "Le Bon Usage" to illustrate a grammatical point) the meaning of which is not clear to me:"Une [valise] comme on n'en fait plus, sûrement, puisque, d'après elle, on n'en faisait déjà plus de comme ça".The best translation I can come up with is:"One [a suitcase] like they don't make any more, certainly, because, according to her, they weren't making any more like that."I'd be grateful if anyone…See More
Dec 23, 2016

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George Hunt replied to Crack1's discussion Épouser and se marier
""Se marier"                =to get married "épouser"                     = to marry (vous êtes )" marié"   = you are married. In that last example , "marié" is used as an adjective, even though it is the past participle form of the verb " marier"…"
Dec 21, 2016
Crack1 posted a discussion

Épouser and se marier

It seems both épouser and se marrier represent the English words get marry.I would like to know the difference between the two words.Please tell me. What is the difference between the 2 words ?I have learnt 'se marier' means get married. This borders an idiomatic expression.Once my French teacher asked me ' vous êtes marié ? Are you married ? This was her question.It seems, you have to use different words, to ask 'Will you marry me? or Are you married? , in French. See More
Dec 21, 2016
Esteban de la Cruz replied to george willms's discussion savoir/connaitre
"Thanks, I forgot that."
Dec 20, 2016
Esteban de la Cruz replied to Alice's discussion Slang
"Other frequent verlan words are "véner" (énervé) and "meuf" (femme)..."
Dec 20, 2016
Crack1 replied to george willms's discussion savoir/connaitre
"It should be 'French speaker'. In English the word 'French' is a proper noun. So we always write 'French' not 'french' You are a native French speaker. NOT You are a native french speaker."
Dec 15, 2016
Dwayne Roberts replied to Dwayne Roberts's discussion Sharp Cheese
"I think piquant will work just fine.  Thanks, George!"
Dec 15, 2016

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George Hunt replied to Dwayne Roberts's discussion Sharp Cheese
"I see "piquant" can work  http://www.linguee.fr/francais-anglais/traduction/fromage+piquant.html but I  am not sure if it the only ,or best way  to express the idea of "sharp". "relevé " can…"
Dec 15, 2016
Dwayne Roberts posted a discussion

Sharp Cheese

My dictionary hasn't been very helpful.  I want to describe a cheddar as "sharp".  I see an entry "âcre", but I doubt that's what I'm looking for.  Can some sharp cheddar lover help me?See More
Dec 15, 2016
Esteban de la Cruz replied to Alice's discussion Slang
"Young people (and now their parents) use a lot of "verlan" words (verlan is "l'envers" pronounced backwards: reverse > versere). - C'est chelou > c'est louche (it's strange) - Un renoi > un noir (a…"
Dec 13, 2016
 

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Take pains

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Épouser and se marier

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savoir/connaitre

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Slang

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Sharp Cheese

Started by Dwayne Roberts in French Dictionary / Vocabulary. Last reply by Dwayne Roberts Dec 15, 2016. 2 Replies

Jour/journée with number and attributive adjective

Started by michael rivers in French Grammar. Last reply by Esteban de la Cruz Dec 13, 2016. 4 Replies

Information and renseignement

Started by Crack1 in French Grammar. Last reply by Crack1 Nov 23, 2016. 9 Replies

clockwise

Started by Billy Bosworth in French Grammar. Last reply by Vedas Nov 13, 2016. 2 Replies

clopin clopant

Started by alan gould in French Grammar. Last reply by Vedas Nov 13, 2016. 7 Replies

verbes pronominaux de "communication"

Started by george willms in French Grammar. Last reply by Grégory Nov 2, 2016. 5 Replies

ille

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le temps que ça vienne

Started by alan gould in French Grammar. Last reply by Esteban de la Cruz Oct 16, 2016. 9 Replies

heure de pointe versus heure d'affluence

Started by alan gould in French Grammar. Last reply by Sandra Oct 10, 2016. 3 Replies

charger

Started by alan gould in French Grammar. Last reply by Sandra Oct 10, 2016. 14 Replies

Plume de radis

Started by Annette Gates in French Dictionary / Vocabulary. Last reply by Annette Gates Oct 4, 2016. 5 Replies

Description and Possession with DE

Started by April Reinhart in French Grammar. Last reply by April Reinhart Oct 3, 2016. 6 Replies

What's the correct preposition

Started by Joël in French Grammar. Last reply by Esteban de la Cruz Sep 25, 2016. 5 Replies

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