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avoir la trentaine – French expression

avoir la trentaine - French expression

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What does the French expression ' avoir la trentaine ' mean? How is it used in a sentence?

avoir la trentaine – to have the thirtyish. avoir la trentaine means ‘to be in your thirties’.

  • « Je ne sais pas exactement l’âge qu’il a. Il a la trentaine.  »
  • “I don’t know exactly how old he is. He’s in his thirties.”

Try using this word at least 7 times today.

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passer du coq-à-l’âne – French expression

 passer du coq-à-l’âne - French expression

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What does the French expression ‘ passer du coq-à-l'âne ’ mean? How is it used in a sentence? Listen to Anne’s slow French

passer du coq-à-l’âne – to go from the rooster to the donkey. passer du coq-à-l’âne means to go off on a tangent, on tangents.

  • « Je [ne] pige rien à son discours : elle passe tout le temps du coq-à-l’âne. »
  • "I don’t understand anything in her speech: she keeps on going off on tangents."

Tenses and modes

Negative command forms : Ne passons pas du coq-à-l’âne

passé simple : nous passâmes du coq-à-l’âne

present subjunctive: que nous passions du coq-à-l’âne

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temps de chien – French expression

temps de chien - French expression

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What does the French expression ' temps de chien ' mean? How is it used in a sentence? Listen to Anne Audio.

un temps de chien– a weather of dog. Poor dog, it seems that 'a dog's weather' is always rainy, cold or windy, or all of the above un temps de chien means ‘bad weather’, ‘lousy weather’.

  • « S'il fait un temps de chien, on restera devant la cheminée. »
  • “If the weather is bad, we'll stay in front of the fireplace.”

Try using this expression at least once today.

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en un rien de temps – French expression

en un rien de temps - French expression

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What does the French expression ' en un rien de temps ' mean? How is it used in a sentence? Listen to Anne Audio.

en un rien de temps – in a nothing of time. en un rien de temps means ‘in no time at all’

  • « Elle a fini la course en un rien de temps. »
  • “She finished the race in no time at all.”

Try using this expression at least once today.

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avoir une belle plume – French expression

avoir une belle plume - French expression

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What does the French expression ‘ avoir une belle plume ‘ mean? How is it used in a sentence? Listen to Anne Audio.

avoir une belle plume - to have a beautiful feather - means to write well. I'm sure the metaphor comes from the ancient times when we used a feather as a pen.

  • « Tu sais que Delerm sort un nouveau bouquin ? Il a une très belle plume. »
    "Do you know that Delerm has a new book out? He writes so well."

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Tenses and modes

présent : j'ai une belle plume, nous avons une belle plume

passé simple : j'eus une belle plume, nous eûmes une belle plume

present subjunctive: que j'aie une belle plume, que nous ayons une belle plume

 

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lire – to read – French verb conjugated

lire - to read - French verb conjugated

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Je serai contente lorsque j’aurai lu toute son œuvre.

How is this French verb conjugated – LIRE – TO READ? What does it sound like? AUDIO below, by Anne, a native speaker

LI- is the root of the verb

-RE is the ending of the verb

Indicatif - Indicative Mode .... statements

présent .... present tense

je lis .... I read*

je ne lis pas .... I’m not reading

je lis .... I read

tu lis .... you read

elle lit .... she reads

il lit .... he/it reads

on lit .... we read

nous lisons .... we read

vous lisez .... you read

elles lisent .... they read

ils lisent .... they read

*also I'm reading…

imparfait .... imperfect

je lisais .... I used to read*

je ne lisais pas .... I didn’t use to read

je lisais .... I used to read

tu lisais .... you used to read

elle lisait .... she used to read

il lisait .... he/it used to read

on lisait .... we used to read

nous lisions .... we used to read

vous lisiez .... you used to read

elles lisaient .... they used to read

ils lisaient .... they used to read

*also I was reading , I would read…

passé composé .... preterit or present perfect

j’ai lu .... I read*

je n’ai pas lu .... I didn’t read

j’ai lu .... I read

tu as lu .... you read

elle a lu .... she read

il a lu .... he/it read

on a lu .... we read

nous avons lu .... we read

vous avez lu .... you read

elles ont lu .... they read

ils ont lu .... they read

*also I have read….

futur simple .... future tense

je lirai .... I will read

je ne lirai pas .... I won’t read

je lirai .... I will read

tu liras .... you will read

elle lira .... she will read

il lira .... he/it will read

on lira .... we will read

nous lirons .... we will read

vous lirez .... you will read

elles liront .... they will read

ils liront .... they will read

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