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Etymology of ’macroule’

One of my favourite birds is the Eurasian coot (fulica atra), in French ”foulque macroule”. Wiktionary suggests without sources that the etymology of macroule is ”diable de mer”. DMF just...

Asked on 11/21/2021 by Urdatorn

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Difference between “s'attendre” and “attendre”

https://www.wordreference.com/enfr/expect says that expect may be translated to French as "s'attendre à" or "attendre", but I have always seen the first one. AFAIK "attendre" means "to wait",...

Asked on 11/08/2021

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Why is the "la chose" replaced by "le" instead of "la" in the following sentence?

Quelle est la seule chose que vous faites en privé qui pourrait vous embarrasser si le public le savait ?I came across this question on French Quora. Shouldn't the ending...

Asked on 10/24/2021

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What is the difference between “violet” and “pourpre” in French?

Violet and Purple are treated as distinct colours in the English language. However, I have learned that in French “violet” is the umbrella term for both purple and violet. Is...

Asked on 10/24/2021

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la différence de vs. de l'

J'ai peur de l'eau.J'ai besoin d'eau.Pourquoi on ne peut pas omettre l'article dans la première phrase mais dans la seconde oui?...

Asked on 10/24/2021

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le cas d'absence d'article vs. le cas de l'absence de l'article

le cas d'absence d'articlePourquoi on ne dit pas:le cas de l'absence de l'article?...

Asked on 10/24/2021

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la notion de/du temps

Quelle est la différence entre ces deux expressions ?La notion de tempsLa notion du temps...

Asked on 10/24/2021

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E muet cas particulier

Bonjour à tous,J’ai une question à propos du comptage de pieds dans certains cas particuliers :Si l’on prend la phrase « harmonie et fête » de manière orale on prononcerait har-mo-nie-et-fête,...

Asked on 10/24/2021

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"Je doute qu'aucun d'eux (ne)"

According to electronic translation, the sentenceJe doute qu'aucun d'eux ne comprenne ton discours.meansI doubt any of them understand what you're saying.This translation may not be perfect, but is its general...

Asked on 10/24/2021

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Indefinite article "une"

I'm reading Easy French Step-by-Step IMHO, une is an indefinite article in French, so its correspondence in English is a/an....

Asked on 10/24/2021

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