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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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How to Ask Questions in French

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   Questions are an essential part of any conversation, and being able to properly formulate a question in French is an extremely important part of your learning. In this article, we will look into the different ways that you can ask your questions using the French language. There are five ways in which questions are phrased […]

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French subjunctive phrases: List of words and expressions

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Looking to make some phrases using the French subjunctive? The list below might be useful for you. In a previous article, we have talked more lengthily about the French subjunctive. If you want to check that out, go here. The list on this article would serve as additional resources for you to appreciate the topic better, and […]

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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 ADJECTIVESAs previously discussed in the lessons […]

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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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