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  1. Kelly B

    Kelly B Senior Member

    USA English
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    A - E (English words are written first in this list - Only the false friend senses are mentioned)

    A
    to abuse/abuser (to abuse = insulter / abuser = to take advantage)
    to accommodate/accommoder (to accommodate = loger / accommoder = to prepare (food), to focus (view))
    actually/actuellement (actually = en fait / actuellement = at the moment)
    advertisement/avertissement (advertisement = publicité / avertissement = warning)
    to agonize/agoniser (to agonize = se tourmenter / agoniser = to die, to be dying)
    agony/agonie (agony = angoisse, douleur atroce / agonie = throes of death)
    to aim/aimer (to aim = viser / aimer = to like, to love)
    anniversary/anniversaire (anniversary = commémoration, anniversaire d'un événement / anniversaire = birthday)
    to assume/assumer (to assume = supposer / assumer = to take on)
    to attend/attendre (to attend = assister à / attendre = to wait for)


    B
    bias/biais (bias = tendance, préjugé / biais = way, means)
    bigot/bigot (bigot = fanatique / bigot = zealously religious)
    blessed/blessé(e) (blessed = béni(e) / blessé(e) = wounded, hurt)
    blank/blanc(he) (blank = vierge, à remplir/ blanc(he) = white)
    blanket/blanquette (blanket = couverture / blanquette = veal stew in white sauce)
    to bless/blesser (to bless = bénir / blesser = to hurt, to wound)

    C
    car/car (car = voiture / car = coach)
    caution/caution (caution = prudence / caution = guarantee)
    cave/cave (cave = grotte / cave = cellar)
    chair/chair (chair = chaise / chair = flesh)
    chance/chance (chance = risque, hasard / chance = luck)
    to chant/chanter (to chant = psalmodier, scander / chanter = to sing)
    chat/chat (chat = causette, tchatche / chat = cat)
    chip/chips (chip = puce électronique / chips = crisps)
    coin/coin (coin = pièce de monnaie / coin = corner, angle)
    college/collège (college = université / collège = junior highschool, secondary school)
    comprehensive/compréhensif(ve) (comprehensive = complet, exhaustif / compréhensif(ve) = understanding)
    concerned/concerné (concerned = inquiet, soucieux / concerné = pertained to, interested in, involved in)
    consistent/consistant (consistent = cohérent, logique / consistant = solid, substantial)
    crayon/crayon (crayon = craie grasse / crayon = pencil)
    curator/curateur (curator = conservateur de musée, bibliothèque / curateur = guardian, trustee)

    D
    to deceive/décevoir (to deceive = tromper / décevoir = to disappoint)
    deception/déception (deception = tromperie, duperie / déception = disappointment)
    defiance/défiance (defiance = défi, rébellion / défiance = mistrust)
    to defile/défiler (to defile = tacher, salir / défiler = to parade)
    discrete/discret (discrete = distinct, séparé / discret = discreet)

    E
    easy/aisé (easy = facile / aisé = wealthy)
    enjoy/jouir (enjoy = s'amuser / jouir = have an orgasm)
    escrow/escroc (escrow = sequestre, dépôt fiduciaire / escroc = hook, huckster)
    eventually/éventuellement (eventually = finalement / éventuellement = possibly)
    evidence/évidence (evidence = preuve / évidence = obviousness)
    exceptional(ly)/exceptionnel(lement) (exceptional = very good / exceptionnel = as an exception, as a one off)
    exciting/excitant (exciting = passionnant / excitant = stimulating, arousing)
    executive/exécutif (executive = cadre, responsable / exécutif = pouvoir relatif à l'exécution des lois)
    expertise/expertise (expertise = compétence / expertise = expert's report)
     
  2. timpeac

    timpeac Senior Member

    England
    English (England)
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    F - L (English words are written first in this list - Only the false friend senses are mentioned)

    F
    fabric/fabrique (fabric = tissu / fabrique = factory)
    fastidious/fastidieux (fastidious (describes a person) = exigeant / fastidieux (décrit un travail) = tedious)
    football/football (football in AE = football américain / football = soccer in AE)

    G
    gross/gros (gross = brut, grossier / gros = fat, big)
    global/global (global = mondial / global = comprehensive, overall)
    gratuity/gratuité (gratuity = pourboire / gratuité = the fact of being free of charge)
    gross/gros (gross = brut / gros = fat, heavy, serious)

    H
    hardly/difficilement (hardly = à peine / difficilement = with difficulty; although, pourtant : hard = difficile)
    hazard/hasard (hazard = danger / hasard = coincidence)
    to hurl/hurler (to hurl = lancer violemment, jeter / hurler = to shriek, to yell)

    I
    injury/injure (injury = blessure / injure = insult)
    inconvenient/inconvénient (inconvenient = inopportun / inconvénient = disadvantage, drawback)

    J
    journey/journée (journey = voyage, périple / journée = day)

    K

    L
    library/librairie (library = bibliothèque / librairie = bookshop)
    luxurious/luxurieux (luxurious = luxueux / luxurieux = lustful)
     
  3. Agnès E.

    Agnès E. Senior Member

    France
    France, French
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    M - R (English words are written first in this list - Only the false friend senses are mentioned)

    M
    to march/marcher (to march = marcher au pas (milit.) / marcher = to walk)
    mark/marque (mark = signe / marque = trademark)
    marroon/marron (marroon = bordeaux / marron = brown)
    mention/mention (to mention = mentionner / mention = comment)
    misery/misère (misery = tristesse / misère = poverty)

    N
    normal(ly)/normal(ement) (normally = d'habitude / normalement = all going well, as a rule)
    novel/nouvelle (novel = roman / nouvelle = short story)

    O
    to obfuscate/offusquer (to obfuscate = obscurcir, dérouter / offusquer = to offend)

    P
    pain/peine (pain = douleur, souffrance / peine = sadness, sorrow)
    petulant/pétulant (petulant = irritable, de mauvaise humeur/ pétulant = vivacious, lively)
    phrase/phrase (phrase = expression/phrase = sentence)
    pour/pour (pour = verser / pour = in order to)
    powdered sugar/sucre en poudre (powdered sugar (US) = sucre-glace / sucre en poudre = granulated sugar)
    preservative/préservatif (preservative = agent de conservation, conservateur / préservatif = condom)
    to prevent/prévenir (to prevent = empêcher / prévenir = warn)
    punctual/ponctuel (punctual = qui arrive à l'heure / ponctuel = 1) punctual; 2) intermittant, isolated)


    Q
    quarter/quartier (quarter = quart, trimestre / quartier = neighbourhood)

    R
    rare/rare (rare = cuisson du boeuf : saignant / rare = scarce, unfrequent)
    raisin/raisin (raisin = raisin sec / raisin = grape)
    regard/regard (regard = attention, égard / regard = glance, gaze)
    rest/reste (rest = repos, support / reste = remainder, residue)
    to rest/rester (to rest = se reposer, résider / rester = to stay)
    reticent/réticent (reticent = réservé, peu communicatif / réticent = hesitant, reluctant)
    robe/robe (robe = peignoir / robe = dress)
    rude/rude (rude = grossier, impoli / rude = harsh, rough)
     
  4. Agnès E.

    Agnès E. Senior Member

    France
    France, French
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    S - Z (English words are written first in this list - Only the false friend senses are mentioned)

    S
    sale/sale/salé (sale = vente / sale = dirty / salé = salty)
    senior/senior (senior = confirmé, gradé / senior = old person)
    sensible/sensible (sensible = raisonnable, sensé / sensible = sensitive)
    sentence/sentence (sentence = phrase / sentence = conviction)
    slip/slip (slip = bévue, erreur / slip = underpants)
    special/spécial (special = particulier, exceptionnel / spécial = peculiar, odd)
    speed/speed (speed (n.) = vitesse / speed (adj., familier) = wired)
    suppress/supprimer (suppress = réprimer (un sentiment...) / supprimer = eliminate, delete)

    T
    time/temps (time = moment / temps = weather)
    tip/typ (tip = pourboire, astuce / type = guy, someone)
    tomato puree/purée de tomates (tomato puree = concentré de tomates / purée de tomates = mashed up tomatoes)


    U

    V
    vacancies/vacances (vacancies = places libres / vacances = holidays)

    W

    X

    Y

    Z
     
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