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Happy Christmas Neil Coffey

Started this discussion. Last reply by Neil Coffey Dec 31, 2015. 1 Reply

Thanks for giving us this website to use over the years.Hope all goes well for you over the next year too!Continue

mobile phone text abbreviations

Started Mar 26, 2012 0 Replies

I have none to offer myself but can anyone  give me examples of the French equivalents of or alternatives to  lol ,wrt , rofl ,ott etc. etc. that  seem to be almost mainstream in English now?Continue

irregular verb endings

Started this discussion. Last reply by Neil Coffey Feb 27, 2012. 3 Replies

I have noticed that these 4 commonn verbs have the same ending in the 3rd person plural.Faire  , avoir , etre,  and aller( ils font  ,ils ont , ils sont and ils vont).Are these the only verbs that…Continue

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George Hunt replied to alan gould's discussion "une fois" meaning "once"
"It's a set expression  and a "shortcut" as there are alternative  and more "long winded" ways of saying the same thing. "Aussitot que"  + a verb comes to mind. ="as soon…"
Tuesday

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George Hunt replied to alan gould's discussion se trouver
"Sure ,no need but ,since it is used here then the "se" does carry an extra meaning . One can over analyse.  I assume you know the more common use for "se trouver"? Of course ,if one of our native speakers tells us that…"
Feb 17

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George Hunt replied to alan gould's discussion emprise
"I am fairly familiar with "emprise"  Again we need Chantal  or someone  else  for a more detailed description . Just from google though , "sous l'influence" seems to be a far more common expression…"
Jan 14

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George Hunt replied to alan gould's discussion to set the table
"2 and 3 yes. Not sure about 1.  It sounds a bit  formal to me."
Jan 11

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George Hunt replied to alan gould's discussion cambrioler, agresser, braquer
"http://www.leparisien.fr/paris-75/paris-attaque-a-main-armee-au-ritz-10-01-2018-7493814.php " "Paris : braquage au Ritz, plus de 4 millions d’euros de bijoux volés" You can clearly "braquer"  a large…"
Jan 11

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George Hunt replied to alan gould's discussion retarded
"Sure. I don't know that personally. Maybe Chantal  or Neil will tell us what might be possible. If I was in that position of not knowing the correct description my first aim would be to avoid giving any possible…"
Jan 7

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George Hunt replied to alan gould's discussion retarded
"https://fr.wikihow.com/%C3%AAtre-politiquement-correct " Évitez toutes les expressions dévalorisantes pour faire référence aux situations de handicap physique ou mental. Certaines personnes sont à l’aise…"
Jan 7

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George Hunt replied to michael rivers's discussion qu'est ce que- what is/are
""la role"? I see "le role" is far ,far more referenced in google as I expected.(737,000 vs  586! )"
Dec 31, 2017

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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, 2017

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George Hunt replied to Erick G.'s discussion Je n'ai pas de + [noun in the singular or plural?]
"No ,I wouldn't worry about it. Both seem correct and I think your translations are good. There are alternatives of course and if you were translating a poem or you were concerned about style and context you might  express it differently…"
Sep 28, 2017

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George Hunt replied to Charles D's discussion tous tout
"Well "tout" is declined as: "tout" -masculine singular "toute" -feminine singular "tous" masculine plural "toutes" feminine plural "tous" when used with the final "s" pronounced…"
Aug 18, 2017

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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, 2017

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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, 2017

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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, 2017

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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, 2017

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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, 2017

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At 10:51am on July 18, 2012, Johanna said…
Thank you sooo much, George! X
 
 
 

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