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George Hunt replied to michael rivers's discussion qu'est ce que- what is/are
"We have been very quiet on this forum recently.Hopefully one of our native speakers  or more qualified members will drop in and give you an answer. Otherwise, I will try my best in a few days ;-)"
Nov 25
michael rivers posted a discussion

qu'est ce que- what is/are

Do qu'est-ce que and qu'est ce que c'est que mean the same as quel est or do they express something else?i.e Could "what is the answer?" be translated as eitherQuelle est la réponseQu'est-ce que(c'est que) la réponseAlso does the "c'est que" addition make it more formal or informal?Thanks in advance for any help.See More
Nov 24
Sandra replied to alan gould's discussion "porter" or "se mettre" clothes?
""porter" is "wearing" clothes "se mettre" is more "to put on" some clothes the action of dressing is very rarely translated in french with "se mette" only in the special case: "se mettre…"
Sep 19
Sandra replied to alan gould's discussion "fond" meaning a small quantity
"Yep ! le fond = the bottom "un fond de [+ liquid]" implies that you have just enough left to covert the bottom of the more adequate recipient . For wine, we suppose it's a glass or a bottle.... We also use : "il ne lui restait…"
Sep 19
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Sep 17

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George Hunt replied to Tim brtlnk's discussion Please help translating this.
"Perhaps a definition of comedy ,the breakdown of logical process? (they say that if you have to explain a joke it is no longer funny)"
Aug 13
Tim brtlnk replied to Tim brtlnk's discussion Please help translating this.
"So, there really is no logical reason? I guess I just have to accept that. Hahaha Hey, thank you very much for your respons!"
Aug 13

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George Hunt replied to Tim brtlnk's discussion Please help translating this.
"It is just absurd . Things go wrong  back to front. The wipers fail when they are needed and we need to wait for them not to be needed for them to start working again. It is a bit like slapstick the humour of the silent movies."
Aug 13
Tim brtlnk replied to Tim brtlnk's discussion Please help translating this.
"This is already very cool! Thank you! I also wanted to know why the windscreen wipers stopped working and why they suddenly can't be stopped. Why would windscreen wipers stop working due to humidity? This story was written in 1960. Was this a…"
Aug 13

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George Hunt replied to Tim brtlnk's discussion Please help translating this.
"Haddock: Zut,the windscreen wipers (that are) not working. That is all we needed. Tintin:It is on account of the humidity.Stay calm,as soon as it stops raining they will get going again (  -;)   ) Haddock: Ah ,here we are! Haddock: Tintin…"
Aug 13
Tim brtlnk posted a discussion

Please help translating this.

Tintin and Haddock are in a car and it's raining. Haddock is irritated by the rain.I tried to translate the text on the image. But I don't understand the parts of the windscreen wipers.If I understand correctly they fail to work properly due to humidity. Can somebody help me translate the texts? Thank you!See More
Aug 12

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George Hunt replied to Crack1's discussion Cette nuit
"Idioms don't translate exactly from one language to another. Those sentences you have  shown us are correct. Try to get a feel of what they are saying. "Dernier  été'" is not good French ; it…"
Jul 22
Crack1 posted a discussion

Cette nuit

Je dois dire que cette nuit j'ai rêvé que j'étais retraité.I must tell you that, last night, I dreamt I was a pensioner.---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Cette nuit fut la première nuit vraiment froide de cet hiver grisLast night was the first truly cold night of this grey winter. ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Je l'ai lue rapidement, car je me…See More
Jul 22

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George Hunt replied to alan gould's discussion using "de" not "le"
"I think we have decided that "une puce"  is a male or female flea (some of these beasts are androgynous) I am still confused about the genders and plural form of  "pou" and "poux" but it is a specialist…"
Jul 18
Matt Jones updated their profile
Jul 17

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George Hunt replied to alan gould's discussion using "de" not "le"
"Hi Neil It is very quiet on your site these days. I wonder what happened to all the school age students needing  help with their attempts. I  have a young Belgian  girl staying with us at the moment who is keen to improve her…"
Jul 16
 

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qu'est ce que- what is/are

Started by michael rivers in French Grammar. Last reply by George Hunt Nov 25. 1 Reply

"porter" or "se mettre" clothes?

Started by alan gould in French Grammar. Last reply by Sandra Sep 19. 1 Reply

"fond" meaning a small quantity

Started by alan gould in French Grammar. Last reply by Sandra Sep 19. 1 Reply

tous tout

Started by Charles D in French Grammar. Last reply by Charles D Aug 19. 2 Replies

Please help translating this.

Started by Tim brtlnk in Translation Help. Last reply by Tim brtlnk Aug 15. 6 Replies

Cette nuit

Started by Crack1 in French Grammar. Last reply by George Hunt Jul 22. 1 Reply

using "de" not "le"

Started by alan gould in French Grammar. Last reply by George Hunt Jul 18. 8 Replies

porter sur - to be about

Started by alan gould in French Grammar. Last reply by George Hunt Jul 11. 1 Reply

a partir de ce moment/desormais

Started by alan gould in French Grammar. Last reply by George Hunt Jul 11. 1 Reply

When you start your car

Started by Crack1 in French Grammar. Last reply by alan gould Jul 11. 13 Replies

le temps que ça vienne

Started by alan gould in French Grammar. Last reply by Leesa Johnson Jun 19. 10 Replies

savoir/connaitre

Started by george willms in French Grammar. Last reply by Leesa Johnson Jun 16. 7 Replies

Upend

Started by Crack1 in French Grammar. Last reply by Stevo Jun 2. 5 Replies

Take pains

Started by Crack1 in French Grammar. Last reply by George Hunt May 8. 6 Replies

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