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How to translate English Phrasal Verbs Up/ Down (e.g tidy up/ lay down) in French?

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   Some people asked me to make  a list of Phrasal Verbs (move up, tear down) in French. We do not use these little things (up/down) to change the meaning of a verb. But we have a similar concept with “les verbes pronominaux” (Pronominal Verbs), you can check it out  in this article  here. This list […]

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How to Express Modal Verbs in French

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 Is it really a problem that French doesn’t have modal verbs?  Here in this article, let’s take a look at how to express English modal verbs in French. Quick Navigation A Quick Background on Modal VerbsHow are English modal verbs expressed in French?1. Can2. Could3.  May/Might4. Must 5. Shall/will6. Should/ought to7. Would 8. Could have/would […]

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French Present Participle: The Complete Guide

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 Before we go any further with this, let’s try to address this question that I’m pretty sure is in your mind right now.Why we should learn the French present participle?The French participe présent does not form any tense itself, that’s why it is far less common than its English counterpart, and even less common than […]

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French Adverbs – The Simple Guide

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Looking for a simple guide on French adverbs? Here in this article, we’ll break down French adverbs into the simplest terms and make learning all about it a breeze for you. Like other languages, the main words you’ll learn in French are nouns, verbs, and adjectives. However, you will definitely need more than that to express […]

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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 […]

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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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French Reflexive Verbs: 6 Things You Should Know

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   I can sense your reaction. It goes like this: French reflexive verbs? Say whaat? But fear not, we will change all that with a quick read. Before you know it, you’ll be quite knowledgeable about the topic (or not)—it all really depends on how interested you are. But anyway, let’s start. 

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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 before […]

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