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c’est pas gagné – French expression

c'est pas gagné - French expression

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What does the French expression ‘ c'est pas gagné ’ mean? How is it used in a sentence? Listen to Annes’ audio.

c'est pas gagné: gagner is to win. c'est pas gagné means that it's going to be a challenge, it's going to be hard, it's a long shot.

  • «Tu crois qu'on va y arriver ? -- C'est pas gagné. »
  • "Do you think we'll manage? -- Its a long shot."

Tenses and modes

présent : c'est [ce n'est] pas gagné

imparfait : c'était [ce n'était] pas gagné

futur : ce [ne] sera pas gagné

passé simple : ce ne fut pas gagné

Related: y arriver .

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avoir des facultés – French expression

avoir des facultés

to be gifted in french

What does the French expression ‘ avoir des facultés ’ mean? How is it used in a sentence? Listen to Anne's audio.

avoir des facultés - to have faculties. avoir des facultés  means 'to be gifted'.

  • « Elle n'a pas vraiment bachoté, mais elle a quand même eu son bac car elle a beaucoup de facultés. »
  • "She didn't study that hard, yet she got her high-school degree because she's gifted."

Related: Other French expressions .

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Faire la manche – French expression

Faire la manche - French expression

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Faire la manche

What does the French expression “Faire la manche” mean? How is it used in a sentence? What does it sound like? Listen to Anne, a native speaker.

Faire la manche - to make the sleeve - means to beg, to ask for money in the street.

  • « Si tu vas Place de la Mairie, tu verras plein de clodos qui font la manche. »
  • “If you go to City Hall Square, you’ll see tons of hobos begging for money.”

Tenses and Modes in French

présent : je fais la manche, nous faisons la manche

passé composé : j'ai fait la manche, nous avons fait la manche

imparfait : je faisais la manche, nous faisions la manche

futur : je ferai la manche, nous ferons la manche

Related: Faire in the present tense .

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avoir un coup de pompe – French expression

AVOIR UN COUP DE POMPE

avoir un coup de pompe

What does the French expression ‘AVOIR UN COUP DE POMPE ’ mean? How is it used in a sentence? Listen to Anne's audio.

AVOIR UN COUP DE POMPE – to have a hit of a pump, a bicycle expression. avoir un coup de pompe means 'to be tired, to be waiting for a second wind'. There is another expression that is pretty similar, also playing with the bicycle idea: être à plat (to have a flat tire).

  • « Est-ce qu'on peut attendre un peu avant de continuer. J'ai un petit coup de pompe. Ça ira mieux tout à l'heure. »
  • “Can we wait for a little while before we go on. I'm a little bit tired. I'll feel better soon.”

Related: Bicycle terms . French expressions with the bicycle .

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French expressions about the bicycle

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French expressions about the bicycle

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Expressions about the bicycle

Voici des expressions qui ont à voir avec le monde du vélo. Il leur manque un mot. Trouvez les mots manquants dans la grille ci-dessous.

These are expressions that have to do with the bicycle world. They are missing a word. Find it in the puzzle below.

appuyer sur la pédale to make an extra effort
avoir la tête dans le guidon to be focused on one track
avoir un coup de pompe to be tired, to wait for a second wind
avoir un p'tit vélo dans la tête to have a screw loose
dérailler to lose one’s marbles

 

appuyer sur la _______________

avoir la tête dans le _______________

avoir un p'tit _______________dans la tête

 

Print out this page and circle the French words. Words may be arranged horizontally, vertically or in diagonal. The answers are at the bottom of the page. Don’t peek!

 

Indice 1 - Clue 1: Words to find – English translation

handlebar – pedal – bicycle

Indice 2 - Clue 2: Word bank in French

guidon – pedale -- velo

Solution – Answers

appuyer sur la pédale

avoir la tête dans le guidon

avoir un p'tit vélo dans la tête

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