French French

Vocab Builder for commonly used words in French.


In French, 'force' is still translated as 'force'. It is used in various contexts much like in English, referring to strength or energy as an attribute of physical action or movement, coercion or compulsion, especially with the use of threats or violence, or a natural phenomenon regarded as a controllable or manageable, such as the forces of nature. For example, 'La force du vent' means 'The force of the wind'.

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The French word 'formation' is used similarly to the English word 'training.' It is most often used in a professional or educational context to refer to the process of acquiring knowledge, skills, and competencies. For example, you might use 'formation' to talk about employee training programs ('programme de formation') or training sessions ('séances de formation').

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The French word 'forme' is used in the same way as it is in English. It can be used to denote physical shape, style or arrangement and it can also be a noun or verb, depending on context. For example, in a sentence, 'La lettre est dans une enveloppe de forme carrée' means 'The letter is in a square-shaped envelope'.

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In French, the word 'strong' is translated as 'fort'. It could be used to describe a person's physical strength, an intense flavor or smell, or to describe a strong point of view or argument. Similar to English, the word 'fort' can be used in both a literal and metaphorical context.

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The French word for 'brother' is 'frère'. It is used in the same context as in English, referring to a male sibling. It can also be used metaphorically to describe a close bond with someone, like a brotherhood.

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The French word for cheese is 'fromage'. It can be used in similar ways to the English word cheese, including to refer to types of cheese, when ordering food in a restaurant, or in talking about food in general. Like in English, 'fromage' is a singular noun and can be made plural by adding an 's' to form 'fromages'.

Example sentences with  fromage

The word 'fruit' in French is also 'fruit', pronounced with a French accent. It's used in the same way as in English, to describe a variety of sweet or sour food items usually consumed in a raw or cooked state, which come from plants or trees.

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The French word 'fruits' perfectly aligns with the English word 'fruits'. It is used in the same way as in English, to refer to the sweet or savory product of a tree or other plant that contains seed and can be eaten as food. Just as in English culture, 'fruits' play a significant role in French diet, known for their emphasis on food and taste.

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The French word 'garçon' is used primarily to refer to a young male, similar to the English word 'boy'. It can also be used colloquially to call a waiter in a restaurant. However, using it in this way is considered old-fashioned and possibly rude.

Example sentences with  garçon

The French word 'garder' is used in a similar context as the English word 'keep'. It is utilized to express the act of holding onto or retaining something. For example, 'Je vais garder ce livre' translates to 'I will keep this book'. It's also used in other contexts such as to watch over or take care of, similar to 'keeping' a pet or 'keeping' an eye on something.

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The French word for station is 'gare'. This term is usually used in the contexts of transportation, mainly referring to a train station. Similar to English, it can also denote a location where a specific activity or service is provided. However, it's more commonly used to talk about places where trains depart and arrive.

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The French word for 'left' is 'gauche'. It is used in the same contexts as 'left' in English, referring to the opposite side of right in directions or positions. For example, if you were giving someone directions in French, you'd say 'tournez à gauche' for 'turn left'. But please pay attention, 'gauche' also carries an informal meaning which refers to someone who is awkward or clumsy.

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The French word 'général' is an adjective and it's used in many contexts, similar to the English word 'general'. It can be added before a noun to indicate the unspecific nature of the noun. For example, 'en général' means 'in general' in English.

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The French word 'générosité' is used similarly as the English word 'generosity', typically referring to the quality of being kind and generous. It is often used in contexts like social, personal, and charitable donations, including helping others and showing kindness.

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The French word for 'people' is 'gens'. It is used exactly like 'people' in English, to denote a group of individuals. Do note, 'gens' in French is plural and is usually accompanied by plural verb forms. For example, 'Les gens sont gentils' means 'People are nice'.

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The French word 'gentil' is equivalent to the English word 'kind'. It's frequently used to describe someone's character, similar to how it's used in English. You would use 'gentil' when describing someone who is nice, gentle, or kind-hearted. Like the English term, it can be used in various different contexts.

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The word 'gentillesse' is a common French noun often used to describe the quality of being kind or benevolent. It can be used in various contexts where you would want to highlight someone's kind nature or a kind act. It is always feminine and singular, regardless of whom it describes.

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The French word 'gérer' is equivalent to the English term 'manage.' It can be used in various contexts such as managing a business or project, handling a situation or even administering resources. It is a versatile term that can also imply the sense of controlling or directing something for achieving desired outcomes.

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The French word for government is 'gouvernement'. It is used in the same way as English, referring to the group of people with the authority to govern a country or state at a given time. It is used in a variety of contexts such as politics, law, and global affairs.

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The word 'grand' in French is equivalent to the English word 'great'. It can be used in similar contexts as English - to express something of large size, high quantity or superior quality. However, it is important to note that in French adjectives generally follow the noun they are describing, which is unlike English where adjectives precede the noun.

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The term 'grandir' in French is used to express the idea of becoming larger or increasing in size, which could pertain to both physical and metaphorical growth. Just the same as in English, this term can be used to address a person’s growing in terms of age, knowledge, personal development and so on.

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In French, 'gratitude' is used in the same context as in English, to express the quality of being thankful. It can be used both formally and informally. For example, 'J'exprime ma gratitude envers toi' means 'I express my gratitude towards you'.

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The French word for 'free' is 'gratuit'. It is used much the same way as in English, to denote that something does not cost any money. For example, 'entrée gratuite' means 'free entrance'. However, it's important to note that 'gratuit' only refers to monetary free. If you're talking about 'free' as in freedom, the word would be 'libre'.

Example sentences with  gratuit

The French word 'groupe' is used in similar contexts as the English word 'group'. It could refer to a collection of people who come together for common purpose, such as 'groupe d'amis' (group of friends), or can also refer to categories or classification, such as 'groupe sanguin' (blood group). Remember to pronounce it with a French accent where the 'gr' is softened and 'oupe' is almost like 'up'.

Example sentences with  groupe
groupe d'amis
Group of friends

The phrase 'groupe d'amis' in French translates to 'group of friends' in English. It is commonly used to refer to a social circle or an assembly of individuals who regularly interact with each other due to shared interests or companionship. It can be utilized in various contexts such as informal conversation, descriptive writing, and more.

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In French, the word for 'mistletoe' is 'gui'. It is used in the same contexts as in English, generally referring to the plant used traditionally in holiday decorations. Just like in English, 'gui' can be used in different contexts, from botanical to symbolic or tradition-related discussions.

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The word 'habituellement' is an adverb in French which translates to 'usually' in English. It is frequently used to describe a customary, traditional, or generally common occurrence or routine. For example, you might say 'Je vais à la bibliothèque habituellement', which means 'I usually go to the library'. Notice that adverbs in French, like 'habituellement', often appear either after the verb they modify or at the end of the sentence.

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The word 'haut' is the French translation for the English word 'high'. It is used in similar contexts as in English, such as to describe something that is physically at a large distance from the ground, of great vertical extent, greater than average in quantity or size, or denoting a high degree of a certain quality. Remember, like many words, exact usage can depend on the context.

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The French word for hour is 'heure.' It's used very much as it is in English, referring to a period of time equal to a 24th of a day and night. For example, 'Une heure' is 'one hour'. However, unlike in English, when telling time, French speakers commonly use the 24-hour clock (military time) instead of the 12-hour clock.

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The French word 'heureux' translates to 'happy' in English. It is an adjective and used to express joy or happiness. The context of use is similar to English, and it can be used to describe a person, a situation, or the outcome of an event. For instance, 'Je suis heureux' means 'I am happy.'

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