English Grammar and Exercises for ESL learners.
FAUX AMIS - FALSE FRIENDS
Faux amis or 'false friends'
are words that appear to be the same in French and in
but have a different meaning.
(Les faux amis sont des mots qui se ressemblent en francais et en anglais mais n'ont pas le meme sens.)
|Achever||Achieve||Complete / finish||The renovation was
finished at the end of 2010.
We have completed the programme.
|Actuellement||Actually||At the moment, currently.||At the moment I am revising my English.|
|Affluence||Affluence||Crowds||There were crowds of people in the streets.|
|Agenda||Agenda||Diary||I note all my appointments in my diary.|
|Ancien||Ancient||Former||Our former chairman was more dynamic.|
|Assister a||Assist||Attend||All the personnel must attend the meeting.|
|Avertissement||Advertisement||Warning||The message was sent as a warning.|
|Bail||Bail||Lease||We can move in as soon as we sign the lease.|
|Blesser||Bless||Hurt / injure||He was injured in a road accident.|
|Bribes||Bribes||Scraps, snatches||He overheard snatches of the conversation.|
|Chance||Chance||Luck||Good luck! I hope you'll be as lucky as Tom.|
|Coin||Coin||Corner||The cinema is at the corner of the street.|
|Commander||Command||Order||He ordered food for everybody.|
|Conducteur||Conductor||Driver||She told the driver to be careful on the roads.|
|Confection||Confection||Clothing industry||He works in the clothing industry.|
|Controle||Control||Check||Tickets are checked before boarding.|
|Deception||Deception||Disappointment||His failure was a big disappointment.|
|Decevoir||Deceive||Disappoint||The players were disappointed not to win.|
|Delai||Delay||Time limit/deadline||We were given a time limit. Friday is the deadline.|
|Envie||Envy||Want / feel like||I don't want to go/ I don't feel like going.|
|Eventuellement||Eventually||Possible/perhaps/if need be||Perhaps/If need be I could send a fax.|
|Formidable||Formidable||Great/terrific||You did a terrific job!|
|Fortuné||Fortunate||Wealthy, well-off||The money was donated by a wealthy man.|
|Fournitures||Furniture||Supplies||Julie is responsible for office supplies.|
|Gentil||Gentle||Nice / kind||She's a nice person. Her remarks are always kind.|
|Grief (faire)||Grieve||Reproach||Amy reproached Tom for breaking his promise.|
|Habit||Habit||Clothes/ dress||The old man was wearing his Sunday clothes.|
Not pay attention
take no notice
not to pay attention to his
Take no notice of him!
I know nothing about the incident.
|Important||Important||Big / large||There was a big crowd waiting to see the Queen.|