French French

Vocab Builder for commonly used words in French.


The French word for 'only' is 'seulement'. It is used in the same way the English word is used, to indicate singularity, exclusivity, or restriction in amount or quantity. For example, in the sentence 'Il y a seulement un livre sur la table' means 'There is only one book on the table'.

Example sentences with  seulement

The French word 'si' matches the English word 'whether'. Both are used to indicate that something is not certain. They are often used as conjunctions while introducing a direct or indirect question. Note, 'si' can also imply 'if' in certain contexts in French.

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The French word for 'century' is 'siècle'. It is used in the same context as in English, to refer to a period of one hundred years. For example, 'le 21ème siècle' translates to 'the 21st century'. Just like in English, it can also be used to discuss periods in history, such as 'le siècle des Lumières', which means 'the Enlightenment period'.

Example sentences with  siècle

The French word for 'seat' is 'siège'. It is used in the same way as in English, to refer to something on which one can sit. It can be used for anything from a chair at a dinner table ('siège à la table') to a seat in a car ('siège de voiture'). It is also used metaphorically to refer to the place where something is located or based, such as a company headquarters ('siège social').

Example sentences with  siège

The word 'signe' in French translation is 'sign' in English. It can be used in several contexts such as expressing a symbol, a signal, or an indication in the French language. For instance, a traffic sign is 'un signe de circulation' in French. As with most languages, the connotation of 'signe' may change depending on the context.

Example sentences with  signe

The French word 'significatif' is used similarly to how 'significant' is used in English. It can refer to the size, amount, or extent of something that is noteworthy, important, or has a particular meaning. 'Significatif' is an adjective and can be used in various contexts, such as discussing a 'difference significative' (significant difference), 'contribution significative' (significant contribution), or 'progrès significatif' (significant progress).

Example sentences with  significatif

In French, 'similaire' is used to describe things that are alike or comparable in terms of characteristics, quality or appearance, similar to how the word 'similar' is used in English. It is commonly used in contexts where two or more objects, ideas or people are being compared.

Example sentences with  similaire

In French, 'simple' is used the same way it is used in English, to describe something that is not complicated or difficult to understand or do. It can be used to describe objects, ideas, tasks and more. Just like in English, it can also be used to describe a person who is not intelligent or sophisticated.

Example sentences with  simple

The French equivalent of the English word 'simply' is 'simplement'. This word is commonly used in French sentences to denote simplicity or directness, similar to how 'simply' is used in English. For example, 'Il est simplement génial' translates to 'He is simply great' in English.

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In French, 'site' has a similar meaning as in English. It mainly refers to a location or place, and can be used for physical places or digital spaces like websites. So just like English, 'site' in French can mean a website or a physical location, depending on the context it is used in.

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In French, 'situation' is used much like the English 'situation'. It could denote a set of circumstances in which one finds oneself, or the state of affairs. For instance, 'La situation est grave' means 'The situation is serious'. The plural is 'situations' and it could also refer to a location or position, though this is less commonly used.

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The French word 'social' is used almost identically to the English term 'social'. It refers to activities, structures, and situations that involve interaction between individuals. It is used in many contexts, such as social issues (questions sociales), social life (vie sociale), or social network (réseau social).

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The French term for 'society' is 'société'. This is utilized in the same context as it is in English, used to describe a group of individuals involved in persistent community, or a large social grouping sharing the same geographical or social territory, typically subject to the same political authority and dominant cultural expectations.

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The word 'soeur' corresponds to the English word 'sister'. In French, it is used in the context of family connections. Just like in English, it refers to a female sibling. It is also used in religious context to refer to a nun.

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The French word for 'care' is 'soin'. Similar to English, 'soin' can be used in various contexts. It can refer to the action of taking care of someone or something, as in 'prendre soin de'. It can also mean the attention or concern one shows towards something or someone. Lastly, in a medical context it can refer to treatment or therapy. It is a noun, and its pronunciation is similar to the English word 'swan'.

Example sentences with  soin

The French word 'soit' is equivalent to the English word 'either'. In French, 'soit' is used to present two or more possibilities, similar to how 'either' is used in English. However, it's important to note the context while using 'soit' because it also means 'is' in conditional phrases or 'let it be' in certain contexts.

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The French word for 'ground' is 'sol'. It is used in French just like in English, to refer to the surface of the Earth or floor. It can appear in various contexts, including geographical exploration, gardening, and even in expressions like 'avoir les pieds sur le sol' (to have one's feet on the ground), signifying to be realistic or sensible.

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The word 'soleil' is used in French to represent the star at the center of the Solar System, similar to 'sun' in English. It is a masculine noun, usually used in contexts of weather, celestial bodies, and light source. Example sentence: 'Le soleil brille' translates to 'The sun is shining'.

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The French word 'sombre' translates to 'dark' in English. It is often used in reference to lack of light or color, similar to its English counterpart. It can also be used symbolically to represent sadness or seriousness. Like English, the context determines whether 'sombre' is referring to literal darkness or a metaphorical state.

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The French word for 'sound' is 'son'. It is used in the same way as it is in English, to refer to any noise, musical or otherwise, that you hear. For example, 'J'aime le son de la pluie' means 'I like the sound of the rain'. However, be careful of the masculine or feminine form as it can change the meaning. 'Son' also can be a possessive adjective translates into 'his/her'.

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The word 'souhait' is used in French in similar ways as 'wish' is used in English. It can denote a hope or desire for something to happen or be the case. 'Souhait' can be used in both formal and informal contexts. An example of its usage in sentence: 'Je souhaite visiter la France un jour' means 'I wish to visit France one day'.

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In French, 'source' is also used as in English. It is used to refer to the origin or beginning of something, such as the source of a river, or the source of information. It is also used metaphorically to refer to a principle or force that provides inspiration or support.

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The French word 'sous' is used to represent the English term 'under'. 'Sous' can be used in various contexts similarly as 'under', such as showing a decrease or deficit ('sous zéro' - 'below zero'), to indicate location ('sous le lit' - 'under the bed'), and to specify a relationship of authority ('sous la direction de' - 'under the management of').

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In French, 'sous-titres' refers to the words superimposed at the bottom of the screen in films or television broadcasts that translate or transcribe dialogue. It is used similarly to how 'subtitles' are used in English. Example of usage in a sentence: 'Les sous-titres sont disponibles en plusieurs langues.' which means 'The subtitles are available in several languages.'

Example sentences with  sous-titres

The French word 'soutien' is used in much the same way as the English word 'support'. It can refer to the act of supporting a cause or person, or a structure which holds up another. It's also used in a more metaphorical sense, like in English, to denote psychological or emotional support.

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The French word for 'often' is 'souvent'. This is an adverb that is frequently used in French language to indicate that something happens regularly. It can be used in various contexts, similar to its usage in English. For example, 'I often go to the movies' can be translated to 'Je vais souvent au cinéma'.

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The French word 'spécial' is an adjective used to denote a thing, person, event or moment that distinguishes from others because it has some unusual characteristics or it has a significant importance. It can be used to describe anything from food to occasions.

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The French word 'spécifique' is used similarly to the English word 'specific'. It can be used to refer to a particular, exact or precise thing or a person among others. It's often used in sentences where you want to highlight that one particular thing is true or relevant about a thing or person.

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In French, 'sport' is used basically the same as in English, referring to various forms of competitive physical activities. It may refer to individual activities, like tennis or golf, or team activities like football or rugby. Often, it is used in general and abstract contexts, such as when talking about the importance of sport in society, but it may also refer to specific sports when the context makes it clear which one is discussed.

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The French word 'stratégie' is used much in the same way as the English word 'strategy'. It can refer to a plan of action designed to achieve a specific goal, often used in contexts of business, military, or games. For example, one could say 'J'ai une stratégie pour gagner le jeu' which translates to 'I have a strategy to win the game'.

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