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Common Mistakes Made by English Speakers in French

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French and English have some vocabulary in common and share grammatical similarities, but they are undoubtedly different languages. So it is quite normal for French speakers to make mistakes in English and vice versa. Do you chuckle whenever you hear a French native pronounce English words without an “h”, or when they add an “s” […]

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How to Transform French Verbs Into Simple Past (Passé simple)

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Where could you encounter Passé Simple (the historical and formal tense)? You will probably not see it in a friendly chit-chat, maybe not even in this kind of blog article if it is translated into French. You will probably say “so what is the point of knowing it? I am not a native speaker, and I […]

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French Pronouns: En vs. Y

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Confused about French pronouns en and y? Don’t worry, French grammar may not be simple but it is indeed very logical and detail-oriented. In this article, let’s try to remove once and for all any confusion you might still have over the French pronouns en and y. Quick Navigation What exactly are en and y?Y: Replaces […]

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A Q&A About the French Pluperfect: Some of the things you’ve been dying to ask

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We call it the French Past Perfect. But it’s also called pluperfect or plus que parfait. Yeah, tomato, to-ma-to. Many names but they all mean the same thing: a tense that describes something that had happened or had been true at some point in the past, and an action that had occurred before another one […]

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The Savvy Learner’s Guide to French Future Perfect Tense

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 Oh hello there. There’s something I want to tell you: by the time you finish reading this article, you will have familiarized yourself with the futur antérieur. See what I did there? In case you noticed (you quick-eyed, clever little you), I just gave you a little dose of the future perfect tense. …and you will have noticed it […]

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French Direct and Indirect Speech: 5 Things You Should Know

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 Are you ready to learn about French direct and indirect speech? Here in this lesson, we’ve simplified the rules to make learning about French direct and indirect speech a breeze for you.  Quick Navigation 1. Direct speech is a piece of cake.2. Indirect speech is made up of a main clause, followed by a subordinate clause […]

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The Basics of French Prepositions

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  We use prepositions so much in our daily speech but we often take these things for granted. Most of the time, it results in misuse of English prepositions or interchanging our ins and ons and ats. Therefore, a clear grasp (or a working knowledge at the very least) of English prepositions is in order […]

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5 Things You Need To Know About the French Subjunctive

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French subjunctive? What is it?? I can almost see the question marks hovering around your head right now. But no worries, this article will strive to replace those question marks with a huge light bulb that will make you go… To make things  a lot easier for you, I have listed down five things that you […]

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French Demonstrative Adjectives and Pronouns

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French Demonstratives Adjectives Pronouns: The complete lesson “Demonstratif” may sound like such an overbearing and intimidating lesson, but trust me, this is among the easy ones. This lesson comes in two parts:  the first part will cover demonstrative adjectives while the second part will talk about demonstrative pronouns. PART 1. DEMONSTRATIVE ADJECTIVES As previously discussed […]

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Learning the French Imperative (Imperatif)

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Imagine a world where there are no commands or orders being issued. Well yeah, that’s right, you can’t. Whether you’re the one giving the orders or being given the orders, these things are all inexplicably intertwined with human nature and everyday living. To issue commands or give instructions, we use the imperative form of the […]

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French Grammar Lesson: The Imperfect Tense

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In case you’re racking your brain trying to recall your lessons in imperfect tense in English, chances are, you won’t remember it. Why? Because the imperfect tense is only common in the romance languages such as Latin, French, Italian, Romanian, Spanish, and Portuguese. In English, we use the past progressive to denote continuous action while […]

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French Comparatives and Superlatives

Comparing people, objects or actions is not only useful in conversations, it could be fun too! Like, how will you say this without the help of comparatives and superlatives? ”I am more good-looking than my co-workers. In fact, I’m the most good-looking person in our workplace!” That’s right. You can’t! In grammar, we use comparatives […]

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