IELTS HOPECO Grammar: Faux Amis – False Friends 2

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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  

 Formidable
 
 Formidable  Great/terrifi  You did a terrific job!
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 Fortuné  Fortunate   Wealthy, well-of  

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/ dres  The old man was wearing his Sunday clothes.

 Ignorer
 
 Ignore  Not pay attention
 take no notice
 know nothing
 It's best not to pay attention to his behaviour.
 Take no notice of him!
 I know nothing about the incident.

 Important
 
 Important  Big / large  There was a big crowd waiting to see the Quee

 Inconvenant
 
 Inconvenient   Improper  Improper behaviour will not be tolerated.

 Injure
 
 Injure  Insul  Please don't take that as an insult.

 Large
 
 Large  Wide  The Champs Elysées is a very wide avenue.

 Lecture
 
 Lecture  Reading  Anne likes reading.

 Librairie
 
 Library  Bookshop  A bookshop is where you buy books.

 Location
 
 Location  Rental / lease
 to rent / to le
 They signed a 2-year rental/lease.
 The house was let for two years.
 Monnai  Money
 Currency/ change
 
 
 I need change for the parking meter.
 What currency is used in Norway?
 

 Nuisance
 

 Nuisance
 

 Harm/damage/
 pollution
 

 Noise is a form of pollution that can be harmful.
 




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