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The following is a list I've made of French words that resemble English ones but in reality are different. I'm not interested in words (such as "poison" and "six" and "fiancé") that are the same in both languages. Would you care to add to this list?
In French, this is a wrinkle, as on a face or fruit.
En anglais, c'est un trajet; ou, comme verbe, c'est monter (animal) ou rouler à (vélo).
En anglais, «put» a le sens de «mettre». Passé: "He put the ball on the table." Présent ou passé: "I put the ball on the table."
In French, "put" means "to be able" in the 3rd person singular, simple past tense. E.g., "Elle put lire" means "She could read." Contrast with "Elle a pu lire".
en Anglais : pour, pendant
In French : it's used in the expression "en son for intérieur" which means "in his heart of hearts"
In French, this means "all" or "every".
En anglais, ça veut dire "vanter les mérites".
In French this means "flip-flops", "thongs" (the shoe wear).
En anglais ça veut dire "les pincettes" - un outil pour saisir [de la viande, de la salade].
I would add:
fFrench words that resemble English -
1................................Affluence (French) vs Affluence (English)
Affluence (F) is a crowd of people:
Affluence (E) indicates a lot of something (usually wealth): There's an affluence of information here -
2...........................Affaire (F) vs Affair (E)
Affaire (F) can mean business, matter, deal, transaction, or scandal.
Affair (E) is the equivalent of affaire only in the sense of an event or concern. A love affair is une liaison, une affaire d'amour, or une aventure amoureuse.
3...............Aimer (French) vs Aim (Eng)
Aimer (F) means to like or to love.
Aim (E) can be a noun - but, visées - or a verb - braquer, pointer, viser.
4...............Ancien (F) vs Ancient (E)
Ancien (F) can mean old in the sense of not young as well as in the sense of former: mon ancien professeur - my old (former) teacher, mon professeur ancien - my old (aged) teacher.
Ancient (E) means antique or très vieux.
5..............animation (F) vs animation (E)
animation (F) is much more general in French than in English. In addition to animation, life, liveliness, it can also refer to cultural or sports activities as well as leadership.
animation (E) means animation or vivacité.
6..................ntique (F) vs Antique (E)
Antique (F) as an adjective means antique or ancient. As a noun, it refers to antiquity orclassical art/style.
Antique (E) means the same an adjective, but as a noun it refers to une antiquité, un objet d'art ancien, or un meuble ancien.
7...............Are (French) vs Are (English)
Are (F) refers to an area of one hundred square meters.
Are (E) is a conjugation of "to be" (être): we are (nous sommes), you are (vous êtes), they are (ils sont).
8................Arriver (F) vs Arrive (E)
Arriver (F) can mean to arrive or to happen, while arriver à + verb means to succeed indoing or to manage to do something.
Arrive (E) is translated by arriver.
9..................Avertissement (F) vs Advertisement (E)
Avertissement (F) is a warning or caution, from the verb avertir - to warn.
Advertisement (E) is une publicité, une réclame, or un spot publicitaire.
10.Quitter (F) vs Quit (E)
Quitter (F) is a semi-false cognate: it means both to leave and to quit (to leave something for good).
Quit (E) often means to leave something for good and is translated by quitter. When it means to quit (stop) doing something, it is translated by arrêter de: I need to quit smoking - Je dois arrêter de fumer.
Office (F) vs Office (E)
Office (F) is a semi-false cognate. In addition to the meanings below, it can refer to duties, church services or prayers, or a pantry.
Office (E) can mean the physical place where one works as well as the office or position that someone holds.
12.................Raide (F) vs Raid (E)
Raide (F) is the French adjective for stiff, taut, orsteep.
Raid (E) is the English noun for un raid or uneincursion.
Rang (F) vs Rang (E)
Rang (F) is a row, line, or rank. In Canadian French, it can be a country road.
Rang (E) is the past participle of ring - sonner.
Ours (F) vs Ours (E)
Ours (F) is a bear.
Ours (E) is
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in French means burp.
en anglais cela signifie pourrir.
In French, this means "miss".
En Anglais, ça veut dire "évaluer".
rate, in French, has also 2 other meanings :
- it's an organ : the spleen
- it's the rat female