10 Answered Questions for the topic oral


Difference between “nous autres”, “vous autres”, “eux autres” and “nous”, “vous”, “eux”?

I live in Quebec, and I hear all the time people saying this: - “*Nous autres*” instead of “*nous*” I guess - “*Vous autres*” instead of “*vous*” - “*Eux autres*” instead of “*eux*”I have some... more


How to translate “By the way”? — Comment traduire « By the way » ?

I want to translate a sentence that says something like “By the way, did you remember to get…?”So far I've seen two options: _au fait_ and _à propos_. Which one would be more appropriate for an... more


Que veut dire le mot « chui »?

Récemment j'ai vu le mot « chui » sur le web et je ne l'ai pas trouvé dans le dictionnaire. La phrase entière était:> et moi chui américain.Cela veut dire quoi exactement? Quelqu'un peut-il... more


Est-il correct de laisser tomber le « il » dans « il y a » ?

On voit souvent l'abandon du *il* dans la phrase *il y a…*, tant dans l'écriture formelle que dans l'écriture informelle, et aussi dans le discours.Exemple:> Y a des chiens…Est-ce que c'est... more


Words ending on i/u, spoken with (IPA) [ɪç] – is there a system?

I noticed that sometimes words ending on i or u are spoken with an additional breathing sound, comparable to the german 'ch' in diminutives.I.e. (presumed IPA notation) /o.si/ -> [o.sɪç] ... more

Saying phone numbers?

In the case for phone numbers, how are the digits read? e.g. would> 96 76 75 99be read as:> quatre-vingt-seize soixante-seize soixante-quinze quatre-vingt-dix-neufIf so, how is it... more

Why is the passé simple not used in spoken French?

Why has the usage of this tense been confined to literature or formal situations?EDIT: After reading the answers I realize I may have not been clear enough. I understand the fact that some... more


Dans quelles situations utilise-t-on « messieurs-dames » ?

J'ai entendu dire qu'on devrait utiliser la phrase « Bonjour messieurs-dames » quand on entre dans un magasin pour saluer les personnes à l'intérieur, mais est-ce que c'est très utilisé ou plutôt... more


What does “entre guillemets” really mean and when is it used?

I always hear my French teachers say “entre guillemets” followed by some phrases.I asked my friends what does it mean? They told me that they use it when talking about something not true. However,... more


What is “C'est pas d'sa faute!”?

I'm French study beginner, so I don't have so much knowledge about French but I'm trying to read a book, in which I found the sentence“*c'est pas d'sa faute*”.What does “*d'sa*” mean in this... more

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