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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 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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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George Hunt replied to alan gould's discussion using "de" not "le"
"I see that. I think it is definitely wrong. Whether "travailler" would work I am not quite sure.  I listened to the voice recording of the sentence and it seems a correct rendition but I  still feel it is wrong. (Is he just…"
Jul 11

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George Hunt replied to alan gould's discussion c'est donné!      it's very cheap!
"Sure. I have heard it."
Jul 11

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George Hunt replied to alan gould's discussion using "de" not "le"
"On the internet? Sow me the link. I am sure it is wrong"
Jul 11

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George Hunt replied to alan gould's discussion porter sur - to be about
"I guess it would be a less common usage and I  have not come across it in a conversational setting . It doesn't mean quite  the same thing as "s'agir" so it is  a nice expression to have under one's belt."
Jul 11

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George Hunt replied to alan gould's discussion using "de" not "le"
"As written,I would say that sentence is  grammatically incorrect. "Le" would be fine. Perhaps your sentence is incomplete or there has been a typo."
Jul 11

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George Hunt replied to alan gould's discussion a partir de ce moment/desormais
"My first inclination was to say ,yes  it just applies in a "present" scenario  but I have quite easily found instances where it can indeed be "set in the past" Try this set of google returns (for "il allait…"
Jul 11

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George Hunt replied to Digby Green's discussion Will I be able to read fluently in French?
"It is hard to say. I  read English faster than French but  I imagine that some people can be equally fast in either language.. Perhaps it may be a skill to  learn to translate strategic passages well and  skip  or skim…"
Jun 18

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George Hunt replied to Crack1's discussion When you start your car
"We all make mistakes . For example Sandra   misspelled  "brake" (les freins) as "break"  ("to break" actually means "casser") and "through" as"trough"  (as in "pigs…"
Jun 6

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

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