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Faux Amis (False Cognates)




Actuel(lement) – CURRENT(LY), not actual(ly)-------- Ancien – FORMER, not ancient

Assister à – TO ATTEND, TO BE PRESENT AT, not to assist or to help

Assumer - TO TAKE ON or ACCEPT, not to assume

Change – FOREIGN CURRENCY, not change

Décevoir - TO DISAPPOINT, not to deceiveDéception - DISAPPOINTMENT, not deception

Deputé – MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT, not deputy

Disposer de – TO HAVE (at your disposal), not to dispose of

Éditeur – PUBLISHER, not editor

Éventuel(lement) – POSSIBLE/POSSIBLY, not eventual(ly)

Isolation – INSULATION, not isolation

Issue – EXIT, SOLUTION, or OUTCOME, not issue

Librairie – BOOKSTORE, not library

Location – RENTAL, LEASE, HIRE or RESERVATION, not location

Passer un examen – TO TAKE AN EXAM, not to pass an exam

Prune – PLUM, not a prune

Réaliser – CARRY OUT, ACCOMPLISH, TO COME TRUE, not to realize (in the sense of coming to understand or notice)

Résumer – TO SUMMARIZE, not to resume

Sensible – SENSITIVE, not sensible

Tentative – AN ATTEMPT, not tentative

 

























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