IELTS HOPECO Grammar: Faux Amis – False Friends 1

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Faux amis or 'false friends' are words that appear to be the same in French and in English, but have a different meaning.

 
FRENCH ENGLISH Example
  Incorrect Correct  

 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 almy appointl ments 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.
 

 Eventuelle-ment
 
 Eventually  Possibly/perhaps/if  need be  Perhaps/If need be I could send a fax.
 




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