Aussi, the Many Meanings of
You learn initially that aussi means “also,” but it has important other meanings as well.
Verbs conjugated like craindre, éteindre, poindre. Forms, origins, meanings, and a host of other useful bits of information.
Irregular Verb Groupings
Irregular verbs grouped together according to 1) similarity of forms, 2) derivations.
Fun with Regular –(d)re Verbs
The wherefrom, whereto, and wherewith of regular French -re verbs, which could also be called -dre verbs, since they all have a base ending in -d. 1) Verbs of this kind everyone needs to know. 2) Verbs of this kind to add elegance to your prose. 3) Verbs similarly conjugated.
Tout sur tout (All About Tout)
Expressions Using the Word Tout
Various uses of the indefinite French word “tout,” as adjective, pronoun, and adverb, together with a list of common expressions.
Si, the Many Meanings of
The five functions of French si: 1) “if” introduction a condition; 2) “if/whether” introducing an indirect questions; 3) the intensifying adverb “so, such”; 5) the adverb “however” in an indefinite construction.
A Semi-Auxiliary Without Peer
The verb devoir in all its many forms and meanings: as a verb in its own right, but especially as a semi-auxiliary, in which capacity it performs an astonishing number of functions.
Bien, the Many Uses of
A Little Word That Means So Much
The meaning of bien everybody knows (“well”), plus many others: “fine, nice”; “very”; “indeed, truly”; liking and loving; “the Good, a good”; “many, much”; “although”; and others still.
The Adverbial Pronoun En: Its Odder Uses
En Absent Any Antecedent
Some unusual uses of the pronominal adverb (or adverbial pronoun) en: when en is used to replace the possessive adjective son/sa/ses, and in certain idiomatic expressions in which en does not have a specific antecedent.
C’est que… = “The reason is that…”
Presentation of the phrase c’est que, when it introduces an explanation or cause and should be translated as “this is because” or something similar. With examples invented for illustration of this usage and others culled from real-life French authors.
Half-False Friends: French Words of Two Meanings
Friends That May Turn on You Unexpectedly
French words that look like English words and sometimes mean the same thing as the English, but other times mean something very different: accuser, conscience, convaincre, défendre, expérience, intéresser, malice, moral, perdre, régime, regretter, surprendre, unique, vice.
Avoir, Faire, et cetera: Verb-Noun Phrases
Combinations That May Trip You Up
A list of particularly useful expressions of the “verb-directly-followed-by-a-noun” variety, involving avoir, faire, and a few other verbs.