IELTS HOPECO Grammar: Faux Amis – False Friends 3

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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  

 Pièce
 
 Piece  Room / a play (theatre  How many rooms are there in the house?
 I saw a good play at the theatre yesterday.
 Prévenir  Prevent  Warn  
 He shouted to warn people of the danger.
 

 Professeur
 
 Professor
(tit. d'une chaire) 
 Teacher  My father is a teacher at the high school.
 My mother is a professor at the university.

 Propre
 
 Proper  Clean/Own  The kitchen is clean. / Emily has her own car.

 Propriété
 
 Propriety  Property  The property belongs to the rich family.

 Realize
 
 Realize  Accomplish/ carry out/
 Come true
 (a dream
 He accomplished the task without difficulty.
 I hope all your dreams will come true

 Regarder
 
 Regard  Look at  Let's look at the pictures.

 Résumer
 
 Resume  Summarize /
 sum u
 The report summarizes the main points

 Réunion
 
 Reunion  Meeting  A meeting was held to discuss the problem.

 Sensible
 
 Sensible  Sensitive  A baby's skin is very sensitive.

 Situation (geo.)
 
 Situation  Location / situation  The offices are in a good location/well situated.

 Store
 
 Store  Blind  We have blinds on our windows.

 Supporter
 
 Support  Put up with  Teachers have to put up with noisy children.

 Sympathique
 
 Sympathetic  Nice/friendly/
 likeabl
 Our new neighbours are very nice
 Jack is a very likeable guy..
 Tentative  Tentative
 Attempt
 
 
 He made an attempt/he attempted to escape.
 




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