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"not really"

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chantal Savignat Aug 3. 2 Replies

i would use "pas vraiment" to merely say "not really" but i see "pas tellement" is a choice.  is this common when nothing else is said but the 2 words?  TxContinue

word order

Started this discussion. Last reply by Crack1 Sep 9. 6 Replies

i may have asked this  a long time ago.  i was once told here that "french isn't always logical."  here's the sentence and translation:Il s'est endormi tellement il était fatigue.      He was so…Continue

laver a grande l'eau

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chantal Savignat May 14. 4 Replies

i cleaned yesterday for a french guy who was speaking english but then told me not to use a lot of water on his balcony.  he switched to french and told me not to "laver a grande l'eau."  i just…Continue

a missing "y"

Started this discussion. Last reply by Chantal Savignat Apr 13. 1 Reply

i saw this sentence:"Le quartier devient invivable. La police ne se déplace même plus."  i would think it needs to say "...ne s'y de'place..." to refer back to le quartier.  maybe it's optional -- it…Continue

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Crack1 replied to alan gould's discussion word order
" i was once told here that "french isn't always logical  i was once told here that "French isn't always logical by english logic, by English logic,"
Sep 9
alan gould replied to alan gould's discussion word order
"truthfully, i'm having trouble seeing the difference.  but i get from it that i'll be fine translating it logically and the easiest way for me.  Tx"
Aug 4
Chantal Savignat replied to alan gould's discussion word order
""ll s'est endormi tellement il était fatigué" vs "il était tellement fatigué qu'il s'est endormi" you doesn't need to memorize these two ways, the two are understood and used to say…"
Aug 3
Chantal Savignat replied to alan gould's discussion "not really"
"I don't know exactly what means "not really". I think it's rather "pas vraiment". But the two  "pas vraiment" and "pas tellement" could be used to answer a sentence for exemple even if they…"
Aug 3

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George Hunt replied to alan gould's discussion word order
"If you change the order of phrases within the sentence then you change the overall meaning.The order is part of the meaning. There are all sorts of things that affect the overall meaning of a spoken or written communication . An actor can repeat…"
Jul 26
alan gould replied to alan gould's discussion word order
"it could be used, but is not common.  in french, would it be more normal?  i think i would prefer to say he was so tired that he fell asleep and i think that would be fine.  "
Jul 26

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George Hunt replied to alan gould's discussion "not really"
""pas tellement" is "not a lot" "pas vraiment" is not really. Of course ,depending on context you could use either. (more"vraiment" for "tellement" than the other way round,I would say)"
Jul 25

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George Hunt replied to alan gould's discussion word order
"You can have the same structure in English. eg "He fell asleep ,being so tired" As it is so uncommon it feels odd but if adopted it would come to feel natural. French is not "illogical" it just  has different syntactical…"
Jul 25
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Chantal Savignat replied to alan gould's discussion laver a grande l'eau
""à grandes eaux" or "à grande eau" : "eau" means really water and not anything else and this expression is only for water, or washing with water. There are "les grandes eaux" too = big fountains…"
May 14

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George Hunt replied to alan gould's discussion laver a grande l'eau
"I seem to remember the expression "a grands flots". Does that mean the same thing and are there other similar "a grands...." expressions?"
May 13
Chantal Savignat replied to alan gould's discussion laver a grande l'eau
"No. that expression means "with a lot of water" so just for "laver", "rincer" "nettoyer"."
May 12

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George Hunt replied to alan gould's discussion laver a grande l'eau
"Seems to be mainly used with "laver" although "nettoyer"  also works. It's "a grande   l'   eau"…"
May 11
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laver a grande l'eau

i cleaned yesterday for a french guy who was speaking english but then told me not to use a lot of water on his balcony.  he switched to french and told me not to "laver a grande l'eau."  i just looked it up and there's a swiss river called the "grande Eau."  it's the source of the expression "laver a grande l'eau."  are there other times when u would use "a grande l'eau" other than w "laver?"  Tx    See More
May 11
Chantal Savignat replied to alan gould's discussion en fin de compte/au bout du compte
"yes both are used. And the two translations "all things considered" and "in the final analysis"  could be right. The more used is "en fin de compte" : it's very used to close a conversation or a subject in a…"
Apr 14
Chantal Savignat replied to alan gould's discussion a missing "y"
"It means "La police ne se déplace même plus dans ce quartier quand quelqu'un l'appelle" As "Le quartier" is already clarify in the first sentence, it's not useful to refer back to "le…"
Apr 13

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