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 English Grammar for ESL learners 


FAUX AMIS  -  FALSE FRIENDS

(French-English)


Faux amis or 'false friends' are words that appear to be the same in French and in English, 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.)


FRENCH ENGLISH
Incorrect Correct
EXAMPLE
Achever Achieve Complete or finish The renovation was finished at the end of 2016.
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 ll 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 Possibly
Perhaps
If need be
Perhaps/If need be I could send a fax.
Could there possibly be a mistake?
Formidable Formidable Great
Terrific
You did a terrific job!
He's a great performer.
Fortune Fortunate Wealthy
Well-off
The money was donated by a wealthy man.
Her family is very well off.
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.
Important Important Big / large There was a big crowd waiting to see the Queen.


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