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Correct pronunciation of 'Chez Albert': is there a liaison?

I had a little dispute yesterday on what the correct pronunciation of 'chez Albert' is. In my understanding, I would pronounce the latent 'z' of 'chez' because the next word starts with a vowel ...

prononciation noms-propres liaisons  
asked by cpt. jazz 7 votes
answered by jlliagre 8 votes

A more formal way to say "il m'a posé un lapin"?

Up until now the only way I know to describe someone cancelling plans in the last second - the English term being "stood me up" - is "il m'a posé un lapin". That sounds a little too unformal (I ...

expressions  
asked by Tom Klino 5 votes
answered by Blackhole 4 votes

Quel est le sens de « … ma courte vue : j'aurais dû la fixer toujours plus près de moi » ?

À la fin du livre Du contrat social de Rousseau, le dernier paragraphe contient: Après avoir posé les vrais principes du droit politique et tâché de fonder l’État sur sa base, il resterait à ...

sens vocabulaire  
asked by Chris Cirefice 5 votes
answered by cl-r 5 votes

En quoi la nouvelle orthographe française aura-t-elle un impact important sur les textes et la prononciation ? Sera-t-elle plus facile à apprendre ?

Apparemment, une nouvelle orthographe sera mise en place dès la prochaine rentrée scolaire, (voir cet article et ce site) Elle consiste en bref à simplifier la ponctuation et les accents. Est-ce que ...

prononciation orthographe  
asked by jeuxjeux20 3 votes
answered by cl-r 8 votes

How serious is saying "Je t'aime"?

I want to get a valentine's day for a girl I like romantically. We've been together but never expressed love. She is from France so she'll know what it means. How serious is saying "Je t'aime"? Is it ...

expressions  
asked by Rian 3 votes
answered by Limo 1 vote

Est-ce que le verbe "quitter" peut signifier "mourir"?

J'étais en train de lire du passage sur la vie d'un homme qui s'est éteint à 88 ans, sur lequel j'ai tombé par hasard l'usage du verbe "quitter" pour signifier qu'il est mort. L'usage: Bien ...

sens expressions  
asked by Mason H. Hatfield 3 votes
answered by cl-r 2 votes

Why do French partitive and plural indefinite articles look like forms of the preposition "de"?

Question Why do French partitive articles (du and de la) and plural indefinite article (des) look like forms of the preposition de? Background I am looking for some account that will bring an a-ha! ...

étymologie articles histoire  
asked by Catomic 3 votes
answered by Catomic 3 votes

Greatest hits from previous weeks:

Comment traduire « what the fuck » ?

Je ne demande pas ici un éclaicissement du sens de la locution. Je la rencontre, comme tout lecteur d'articles anglophones sur le web, assez souvent, exprimant une interrogation mélée selon le ...

traduction anglais expressions registre-familier  
asked by Romain VALERI 30 votes
answered by Romain VALERI 11 votes

Is there a difference between "J'ai faim" et "Je suis faim"

I'm curious about this, as what I was taught in high school suggests that "J'ai faim" is the proper way to say "I'm hungry". However, I know that a wealth of everyday French cuts even more corners or ...

usage  
asked by Morklympious 4 votes
answered by Kareen 10 votes
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