quel dommage vs c'est dommage

Discussion in 'French-English Vocabulary / Vocabulaire Français-Anglais' started by redmanPH, Mar 1, 2011.

  1. redmanPH Member

    English, Tagalog (Philippines)
    Y-a-til une différence entre eux?
  2. Micia93

    Micia93 Senior Member

    in the center of France
    the same as in eglish "what a pity!" vs "that's a pity" I presume

  3. indigofire1230 Member

    English - Canada (CaE)
    Yes, that would be the difference, as far as I've been able to tell. "What a pity!/What a shame!" vs. "That's a pity/shame."
  4. grosbach New Member

    There's little difference between the what a ... expressions and the that's a ... expressions. The former may suggest a more personal emotional reaction than the latter.
    Last edited: May 14, 2012
  5. Micia93

    Micia93 Senior Member

    in the center of France
    welcome Grosbach :)

    exactly! "quel dommage" is more emotional than "c'est dommage"
    (the "quel" gives this feeling)
  6. grosbach New Member

    Very interesting that French and English make this distinction, emotionally involved versus emotionally detached, in the same way. That such distinctions exist shouldn't be surprising, since they derive from human nature, which is, by definition, universal among humans. But that two languages would express a distinction so similarly, i.e., that the analogous structures would be used in the same way to express the same meaning, suggests that the languages may have more in common, both syntactically and semantically, than we Francophones and Anglophones are accustomed to admitting.
  7. broglet

    broglet Senior Member

    English - England
    It's the difference between an exclamation and a statement
  8. Fred_C

    Fred_C Senior Member

    This distinction is made grammatically possible by the use of exclamative adjectives, (what, quell(e)(s)), which exist in many indo-european languages.
  9. saraguilera03 New Member

    Castellano, España

    Vous pouvez m´aider, s´il vous-plaît?

    Si on est invité à aller à une fête et que l´on ne peut pas y aller, peut-on dire "quel dommage"? Ça me semble assez bizarre parce que j´ai toujours entendu "dommage" ou "c´est dommage". Est-ce que cette expression est peu utilisée de nos jours dans ce contexte?

    Je vous remercie d´avance.
  10. Michelvar

    Michelvar quasimodo

    Marseille - France
    French from France

    Oui, elle peut être utilisée.
  11. AmaryllisBunny

    AmaryllisBunny Senior Member

    How about, "that's unfortunate" pour "c'est dommage" et "what a shame/pity" pour "quel dommage?"

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