146 Answered Questions for the topic usage

05/19/19

Difference between にとって and として?

What differences are there between にとって and として ? To the best of my understanding, both have meanings of stating something from a certain point of view or perspective. However, I think that... more

05/15/19

What is the difference between なぜなら、だから、and なので?

I'm trying to get clarification on how to use these three pieces of grammar and whether or not they all hold some kind of "Because" meaning.

05/11/19

sometimes だけ gets mildly confusing..?

If someone says それだけ、食べないでください, does it mean: 1. Please don't eat only that [eat other things too!] or 2. [You can eat anything you like but] only that, please don't eat it. ---------- What... more

04/29/19

What is the difference between 残念ながら and 残念なことに?

I hear both 残念ながら and 残念なことに when expressing that something was unfortunate before the actual sentence, much like the English "Unfortunately, ...". However, I'm not sure on where these two phrases... more

04/28/19

Confusion about "Seemingly not ~"?

So there are several ways to express something is "seemingly not ~": > * ~なさそう * ~そうにない * ~そうもない * ~そうにもない (is this one even real?) I was always taught ~なさそう in my Japanese classes, and it was... more
Usage Latin Writing

04/26/19

Can we use "id est" in lieu of "i.e." in academic writing?

In an academic, format context, can we write *id est* instead of its abbreviated form (*i.e.*)? Compare: > ‘a walking boot which is synthetic, **id est** not leather’ with: > ‘a walking... more

04/26/19

what's the difference between ところで and ちなみに ?

what's the difference between ところで and ちなみに ? Are they always/often/seldom interchangeable?

04/21/19

でも (demo) versus けど (kedo) to mean "but"?

I learned that you can use でも (*demo*) at the beginning of a sentence to mean "but," and that you can use けど (*kedo*) at the end of a sentence to mean "though." However, I don't see a difference... more

04/21/19

What is the meaning of りゃ in this phrase?

I came across this phrase while reading an interview. > そういう時はなんて答え**りゃ**いいんだ。 I think it means "At a time like that, such a reply/response is good." But I don't understand the usage of りゃ. I... more

04/21/19

What is the subject when time passes in a narrative (eg 1ヶ月を経る)?

(This might be a quick easy question but sometimes the answers to these are unexpected.) What is the subject in the following sentences? I've given my best efforts for the examples 1-4 below. (I... more

04/18/19

Are colors interchangeable?

Red is 빨간색 or 홍색. Green is 초록색 or 녹색. Blue is 파란색 or 청색. In each case, the first version is "pure Korean" while the second version comes from Chinese. Probably there are many other examples. Is... more

04/17/19

Difference between the verbs “amener” and “emmener”, and also “emporter” and “apporter”?

I was under the impression that both *amener* and *emmener* mean "to take" someone somewhere. I'm not sure how they differ in usage.I started wondering after hearing the song *L'Homme Que... more

04/14/19

Quelles parties du monde francophone continuent à utiliser les nombres réformés pour dénombrer au-delà de 69?

Il existe en français des mots pour exprimer les multiples de dix, pour les valeurs au-delà de 60: septante (70), huitante/octante (80), et nonante (90). Ils ne sont pas utilisés en France. ... more

04/13/19

What's the difference between 少{すこ}し (sukoshi) and 小{ちい}さい (chiisai)?

What's the difference between 少{すこ}し (sukoshi) and 小{ちい}さい (chiisai)? In what situations would I use each one?

04/12/19

Which words introduced by the French Academy to replace loanwords from English have been successful?

I remember using the word "courriel" with a French acquaintance. They found it funny and said nobody uses it in French and that I should just say "email" like everybody else.I had read somewhere... more

04/10/19

How do you decide whether to use "vous" or "tu"? / Comment choisir entre «vous» et «tu»?

When talking to someone, how do you decide when to use "vous" or "tu"?Example:> Comment allez-vous?*or* > Comment vas-tu? ---Comment choisir entre *vous* et *tu* quand on s'adresse à... more

04/10/19

« Jouer au piano » ou « jouer du piano » ?

Doit-on utiliser *du* ou *au* pour la phrase dans le titre de cette question ? Y a-t-il une différence ?

04/10/19

Quelle est la prononciation standard du « h » aspiré ?

Les mots commençant par un *h* aspiré peuvent être prononcés de plusieurs manières différentes en français : - Sans prononcer le *h* : *les halles* -> `[leal]` - Avec coup de glotte : *les... more
Usage French Oral Argot

04/10/19

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

04/09/19

«Schadenfreude»: usage en français et traduction?

Le mot allemand *Schadenfreude*, qui décrit **«un malin plaisir tiré de l’infortune d’autrui»**, est un casse-tête récurrent dans la traduction. Il décrit une chose tellement précise qu'il a été... more

04/09/19

«Cela dit» versus «Ceci dit»?

Il m'arrive assez souvent d'entendre ces formules en réunion lorsqu'un locuteur s'exprime.Par ailleurs, il semblerait que le pronom démonstratif *ceci* annonce ce qui va être dit rendant incongru... more
Usage French Oral Argot

04/08/19

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

04/08/19

Gentillement or "Gentiment" ?

I was writing a paragraph, then I stopped when I tried to write this word first I wrote "gentiment" then I felt that it can be wrong because the word is "gentil" so it must be "gentillement" I was... more

Pourquoi utilise-t-on un ordinal uniquement pour le premier du mois?

En français, nous disons:> le _premier_ novembre, puis le deux, trois, quatre, etc.mais pas:> le _second_, _troisième_, etc. novembreY a-t-il une raison à cet usage exclusif de l'ordinal pour... more

04/08/19

Why is "Nous sommes" used for days of the week?

I've just been curious about this. Why is it that saying a day of the week, something like "It's monday" uses 'nous'? as in:>Nous sommes lundi.Am I able to say it another way? is using:... more

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