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gâteau / cake

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dwayne Roberts Jun 5. 6 Replies

I recently noticed that the French use "cake" to mean fruit cake (Cassell's dictionary and others). But I've also seen it used in cake au thon. I don't believe that gâteau and cake are synonymous,…Continue

S'il vous plaitaît

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dwayne Roberts Mar 14. 4 Replies

Do we ever use the conditional mode when saying "please"?  If it would please you, rather than if it pleases you? I'm confident we use it in other than "please" (as in requesting compliance) phrases,…Continue

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Water Glass

Started this discussion. Last reply by George Hunt Aug 3, 2019. 5 Replies

I think this is an easy one.We have un verre de vin and un verre à vin, which are a glass of wine and a wine glass, respectively.So, is it un verre d'eau and un verre en eau for water?Continue

Faire la fine bouche devant qch

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chantal Savignat May 29, 2018. 4 Replies

Is this sentence correct? Is it how the statement would normally be made?Elle a fait la fine bouche devant les repas ordinaires.She was picky/choosy of ordinary meals. She looked down her nose at…Continue

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Dwayne Roberts replied to Dwayne Roberts's discussion gâteau / cake
"That's really helpful, Chantal.  Merci bien !"
Jun 5
Chantal Savignat replied to Dwayne Roberts's discussion gâteau / cake
"where foods are fruits, chocolate and all sugar foods, cakes are generally called cakes when they have these special rectangular form and with this recipe (eggs, flour, yeast, butter just mixed and the special cake texture after cooking). They could…"
Jun 5
Dwayne Roberts replied to Dwayne Roberts's discussion gâteau / cake
"Delightful, Chantal.  As I understand it, a true "moule à cake" must be rectangular.  D'accord?  Does this mean that the same ingredients cooked in a round mould would be un gâteau?  In your second…"
Jun 4
Dwayne Roberts replied to Dwayne Roberts's discussion gâteau / cake
"Thank you, George.  Do you think "au gâteau au thon/crabe" would be incorrect?"
Jun 4
Chantal Savignat replied to Dwayne Roberts's discussion gâteau / cake
""cake" is used for all recipes with eggs, flour, yeast, butter ans other foods ...mixed and cooked in a special mould called "moule à cake". cakes are called "cakes" where foods are fruits, chocolate, banana and…"
May 28

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George Hunt replied to Dwayne Roberts's discussion gâteau / cake
"I am not familiar with this but it seems clear that "le cake au thon" is a savoury recipe. So clearly "un cake" does not correspond exactly to "a cake" in English which is  ,as far as I know always a sweet kind of…"
May 27
Dwayne Roberts posted a discussion

gâteau / cake

I recently noticed that the French use "cake" to mean fruit cake (Cassell's dictionary and others). But I've also seen it used in cake au thon. I don't believe that gâteau and cake are synonymous, but I can't seem to find a clear distinction.Appreciative of your thoughts,DwayneSee More
May 26
Dwayne Roberts replied to Dwayne Roberts's discussion S'il vous plaitaît
"Je vous remercie, Chantal."
Mar 14
Chantal Savignat replied to Dwayne Roberts's discussion S'il vous plaitaît
"No. We don't use conditional mode when saying "please". Never. "Plairait" is used, but not with the meaning "please". Il te plairait = You'd really like it."
Mar 13
Dwayne Roberts replied to Dwayne Roberts's discussion S'il vous plaitaît
"Merci bien."
Mar 12

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George Hunt replied to Dwayne Roberts's discussion S'il vous plaitaît
"Hi Dwayne You can  use the conditional of plaire but I think it might  be quite uncommon since  "s'il te plaît" is such a common set expression. I think I may have come across "si ça te…"
Mar 12
Dwayne Roberts posted a discussion

S'il vous plaitaît

Do we ever use the conditional mode when saying "please"?  If it would please you, rather than if it pleases you? I'm confident we use it in other than "please" (as in requesting compliance) phrases, such asTu peux y aller s'il te plairait.See More
Mar 5
Dwayne Roberts replied to Joseph K.'s discussion avoir besoin de, avoir besoin des...?
"A similar question: J'ai besoin de lunettes? Not …des lunettes? and J'ai besoin des clés? Not …de clés?"
Aug 8, 2019

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George Hunt replied to Dwayne Roberts's discussion Water Glass
"People can lead very ordered lives.They would definitely have a glass for water (especially  when laying the table)"
Aug 3, 2019
alan gould replied to Dwayne Roberts's discussion Water Glass
"my thought is that there's a wine glass cuz it's part of the culture and the glass is specifically designed to facilitate the best experience of drinking wine.  i would doubt there's a term for a glass expressly for water. …"
Aug 3, 2019

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George Hunt replied to Dwayne Roberts's discussion Water Glass
"I had the same thought but was quite confident as it sounded right. Doing a search seems to show the expression is  in good use for…"
Jul 26, 2019

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