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entre guillemets – French expression

entre guillemets - French expression


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What does the French expressionentre guillemets ' mean? How is it used in a sentence?

entre guillemets –between quotation marks – entre guillemets means ‘quote unquote’ if you are quoting someone, or doing a dictation as we love to do once a week at FRENCH ETC. But entre guillemets also means ‘as it were’ or ‘if I may say’.

  • « Ce candidat n’avait aucune chance de gagner aux élections. Il a été complètement ignoré – entre guillemets – de la presse. »
  • “This candidate had no chance whatsoever to win the elections. He was totally ignored – if I may say – in the media.“

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