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George Hunt replied to alan gould's discussion se dire
"No  that last one is not wrong. I like to use ça se dit instead of using "le" but sometimes  you can use "le"  and it may fit better what you are trying to say."
Aug 19
alan gould posted a discussion

se dire

i saw this in the dictionary and want to review how to use it: to say to oneself, to think  Quand je l'ai vu, je me suis dit qu'il avait vieilli.      When I saw him, I thought he'd aged.  se dire malade      to say one is ill, to say that one is ill  no example for this, but i imagine "il s'est dit maladese dire artiste      to claim to be an artist  no example, but i imagine "il s'est dit artiste"se dire au revoir      to say goodbye, to say goodbye to each other  no example, but i imagine…See More
Aug 19

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George Hunt replied to Billy Bosworth's discussion s'attaquer vs attaquer
"Seems to be a fine distinction. Have a look at this old thread (between French speakers) https://forum.wordreference.com/threads/attaquer-sattaquer.261220/"
Jul 4
Billy Bosworth posted a discussion

s'attaquer vs attaquer

I am trying to come up with a general rule of thumb regarding the usage of these 2 verbs. For a start I have difficulty reconciling "se <infinitive>" where there is a clear direct object, but I have seen numerous instances where this has been used. "Trump s'attaque à John McCain...". Very often "s'attaquer" is used to convey the thought of "tackling" something. But I finish up with wondering why we need "attaquer", as the "reflexive" version seems to fit all/most cases. Here are a couple…See More
Jul 3
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
alan gould replied to alan gould's discussion word usage
"so 'à deux pas d'ici'  is the same as "à deux pas" i guess.  makes sense.  and yet i saw it defined as  "around the corner."   yes, interesting and i forgot that corners…"
Jun 2
Chantal Savignat replied to alan gould's discussion word usage
""right around the corner" means it's at a 90 degree angle from the spot. "nearby" means it's a short distance on the same street. so in english, they are two different indications of the location. how do i differentiate…"
May 31
Chantal Savignat liked alan gould's discussion word usage
May 31
Chantal Savignat replied to alan gould's discussion word usage
"1) to provoke qq - faire réagir quelqu'un or provoquer 2) i came across "Ils se sont réunis à 5 heures."  i'm told "se retrouver" is the most common. …"
May 31
alan gould replied to alan gould's discussion word usage
""C’est a deux pas (d'ici)" "right around the corner" means it's at a 90 degree angle from the spot.  "nearby" means it's a short distance on the same street.  so in english, they are two…"
May 31
Chantal Savignat replied to alan gould's discussion word usage
""agiter le mélange pour dissoudre le sel"   explain "agiter" versus "secouer" versus "remuer"  > here agiter = secouer = remuer. All are ok. As "faire dissoudre le sel dans…"
May 30
alan gould posted discussions
May 30
alan gould posted a discussion

word usage

"agiter le mélange pour dissoudre le sel"  explain "agiter" versus "secouer" versus "remuer" C’est a deux pas – right around the corneri know "c'est a deux pas d'ici" to mean it's nearby.  if u drop the "d'ici" is it "right around the corner"? Une infraction versus délit versus violation implementer versus mettre en œuvresignaler versus montrerdoter de versus fournir de a l’épreuve du feu versus réfractairecela parassait versus semblait See More
May 29
 

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se dire

Started by alan gould in French Grammar. Last reply by George Hunt Aug 19. 1 Reply

s'attaquer vs attaquer

Started by Billy Bosworth in French Grammar. Last reply by George Hunt Jul 4. 1 Reply

gâteau / cake

Started by Dwayne Roberts in French Dictionary / Vocabulary. Last reply by Dwayne Roberts Jun 5. 6 Replies

word usage

Started by alan gould in French Grammar. Last reply by alan gould Jun 2. 4 Replies

word usage

Started by alan gould in French Grammar. Last reply by Chantal Savignat May 31. 1 Reply

compte

Started by alan gould in French Grammar May 29. 0 Replies

remuer

Started by alan gould in French Grammar. Last reply by alan gould May 29. 2 Replies

car

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défunt

Started by alan gould in French Grammar. Last reply by alan gould May 29. 2 Replies

commander v. ordonner

Started by alan gould in French Grammar. Last reply by Chantal Savignat May 28. 1 Reply

these were never answered

Started by alan gould in French Grammar. Last reply by Chantal Savignat May 11. 3 Replies

en fin de journée

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en tous cas v. de tout facon

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indistinguishable?

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checking vocabulary

Started by alan gould in French Grammar. Last reply by alan gould May 9. 2 Replies

consacrer v. se consacrer

Started by alan gould in French Grammar. Last reply by alan gould May 9. 7 Replies

alors comme ca

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pas tellement

Started by alan gould in French Grammar. Last reply by Chantal Savignat May 8. 1 Reply

déclencher v. entraîner

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