French French

Vocab Builder for commonly used words in French.


The French translation for 'always' is 'toujours'. It is mainly used in French to imply something happening all the time or continually. You can use 'toujours' in any place you'd use 'always' in English. For instance, 'Je mange toujours au restaurant' means 'I always eat at the restaurant'.

Example sentences with  toujours
Toujours vert

The term 'Toujours vert' is used in French to denote plants that retain green leaves throughout the year, similar to 'evergreen' in English. It can also metaphorically refer to concepts, ideas or skills that are perpetually relevant or enduring.

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The French word 'tourner' is used to indicate the act of rotating or turning something. Just like its English counterpart 'turn', 'tourner' can be used in various contexts. For instance, it can indicate a physical action like turning the head, a direction change while driving, or the act of flipping pages in a book. Also, it can be used metaphorically, like turning over a new leaf i.e., 'tourner une nouvelle feuille'.

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The French word 'tout' is used to represent the English term 'everything'. It is utilized in various contexts, which can range from referring to all things in an absolute sense, to implying every part of a certain aspect. 'Tout' is mostly used as an adjective, pronoun, or adverb. An example sentence would be 'Elle sait tout', which means 'She knows everything'.

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tout le monde

The French translation for 'everyone' is 'tout le monde'. It is a universally used phrase in French that refers to all people. It can be used in a variety of contexts, much like its English counterpart. However, unlike English, 'tout le monde' is singular in French and agreeing verbs and adjectives have to be singular too.

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In French, 'tradition' is used in the same way as in English. It refers to a custom or belief that has been passed down from one generation to another. It can be used in various contexts, such as family traditions, cultural traditions, and religious traditions.

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The French word 'traditions' is used in the same way as in English. It refers to the customs or beliefs that are passed down from generation to generation. An example of how to use it in a sentence would be: 'Les traditions françaises sont diverses et colorées', which translates to 'French traditions are diverse and colorful'.

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The French word 'traîneau' refers to a type of vehicle, typically on runners, for conveying goods or passengers over snow or ice. It is used exactly the same way in French as 'sleigh' is in English, such as in conversations referring to winter activities or Christmas stories.

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The French word 'traitement' is used to refer to treatment, the process or manner in which someone behaves toward or deals with someone or something. In medical context, it refers to the care or therapy given to a patient for an illness or injury. Just like in English, the context in which it is used often determines its specific meaning.

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In French, 'traiter' translates to 'treat' in English. The term can be used in a variety of contexts, such as medical treatment (traitement médical), treating someone to something (traiter quelqu'un à quelque chose), or in the sense of dealing with a topic (traiter un sujet). However, the usage depends mostly on the context of the sentence.

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The French word 'travail' is used in the same context as the English word 'work'. It can refer both to the act of working and the place where one works, although it is more commonly used to refer to the act of working. Like the English equivalent, it can also be used in various idiomatic expressions and phrases.

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The French word 'travailleur' is used in much the same way as 'worker' in English. It describes someone who works, often in a manual or blue-collar capacity, but also applies more generally to anyone who exerts themselves laboriously. The pronunciation is tra-vai-yeur. It can also be used in multiple contexts. For instance, 'un travailleur acharné' means 'a hard worker', while 'les droits des travailleurs' refers to 'workers' rights'.

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The French word for 'very' is 'très'. It is used to enhance the meaning of an adjective, adverb, or another adverb. More often than not, it precedes an adjective or adverb. For instance, 'très bien' means 'very good', and 'très rapidement' means 'very quickly'.

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The French word 'tri' translates to 'sort' in English. In French, it is used the same way as the English version. You can use it when you are sorting out items, data or in general when you want to arrange something in an organized manner.

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The French word, 'tribunal,' translates directly to 'court' in English. It is used to describe a place where legal cases are heard and decisions made, the same as in English. Just like in English, it can be used in different contexts pertaining to the judicial or legal system. Note, however, that 'tribunal' specifically refers to court in a legal sense. If one were to refer to court in the context of courtship, the word 'cour' would be used in French.

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The French word for 'three' is 'trois'. It is used in the same way as it is in English, to represent the number 3. For example, 'J'ai trois chiens' means 'I have three dogs'. The pronunciation can be a bit tricky for English speakers, but practicing saying the word 'tu-twa' can help to get close to accurate pronunciation.

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The 'troisième' is used in French similar to how 'third' is used in English. It refers to the order of things, specifically the position after the 'second'. It can refer to quantity, order in a sequence, or indicate time. It's also used in fractions and dates. For instance, 'Le troisième jour' means 'The third day'. It's always used in an adjective role.

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The French word 'trouver' translates to 'find' in English. It can be used in various contexts just like in English; from locating a physical object to coming across a solution or agreeing with an opinion. For example, 'Je ne peux pas trouver mes clés' means 'I cannot find my keys'. Remember, conjugation changes with the tense and subject.

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The French translation for the English word 'kill' is 'tuer'. This word is generally used in the same context as the English language, referring to the ending of a life. It can be used in various situations but is most commonly seen in direct and indirect conversations discussing a hypothetical or actual situation where life is taken away. For example, 'Il pourrait le tuer' translates to 'He could kill him'. Remember, it is important to use this word appropriately, as it contains a heavy meaning.

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The word 'type' in English is translated as 'type' in French. The French word 'type' has the same meaning as the English word. It refers to a category of things or people having common characteristics. Like in English, it can be used in a variety of contexts including in phrases, sentences and also used in technological contexts to refer to the form or model of something.

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un autre

The French word 'un autre' translates to 'another' in English. It is used in similar context as in English, referring to an additional item or person. It can be used in a sentence like 'Je veux un autre café', which means 'I want another coffee'.

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une fois

In French, the word 'une fois' is used to mean 'once'. It is often used to denote the occurrence of an action or event for one time. For example, 'Je suis allé à Paris une fois' which translates to 'I have been to Paris once'. Note that in French, numbers are very important in situating nouns, much like in English.

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In French, 'union' is used similarly to English, referring to an agreement or alliance among individuals, groups or nations. It may be used contextually in many scenarios such as marriages (as in 'union matrimoniale'), political unions or labor unions (as in 'union des travailleurs'). As in English, it conveys a sense of harmony or coming together.

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The French word 'unité' is most commonly used exactly like the English word 'unity'. It can refer to the state of being one or joined as a whole. For example 'L'unité de la famille' would translate to 'The unity of the family'. This word is commonly used in both physics and mathematics as well.

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The French word for 'university' is 'université'. This term is frequently used in academic and educational contexts, very much similar to how 'university' is used in English. It refers to institutions of higher education and research which provide both undergraduate and post-graduate education.

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The French word 'valeur' translates to 'value' in English. It is used in many contexts like maths, economics, and even in daily conversation, just as in English. For instance, in economics 'valeur monétaire' means 'monetary value'. It can also be used to describe the worth of something as in 'cette peinture a beaucoup de valeur' which means 'this painting has a lot of value'.

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The French word for 'sell' is 'vendre'. It is commonly used in the same contexts as 'sell' in English. For example, you might use it when talking about selling items in a store, selling a car, or even in expressions like 'sell out' that figuratively mean to betray one's principles for personal gain. As with English, the word's form changes with tense. For example, 'Je vends' means 'I am selling' or 'I sell'.

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The French word 'venir' means 'come' in English. It is a very common verb in French and used just like its English counterpart. It can describe a person or thing coming to a place or event, and it can also refer to the act of arriving. It is also used in many idiomatic expressions. Remember, its conjugation can be irregular, so make sure to follow the correct pattern.

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The French word 'vérifier' translates to 'check' in English. It is often used in the context of examining or looking at something in detail to ensure that everything is correct or in order. Example: 'Je vais vérifier le moteur de ma voiture' which means 'I am going to check my car's engine'.

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The word 'vérité' in French translates to 'truth' in English. It is commonly used in similar contexts as in English, either to refer to a universal honest fact or principle, or to indicate authenticity and sincerity in a person's character. Just like in English, 'vérité' can be used in many expressions and idioms, emphasizing its importance in daily communication.

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