English Vocabulary


false friend

I don't understand that expression "false". Is there somedy who can help me?

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  • ..is he not?


    But what's the complaint? As long as the illusion is perfect? Who cares?
  • I don't understand that expression "false". Is there somedy who can help me?
  • Correction : ... a word OR expression...
  • False is most often an adjective that means, according to the context "untrue" (a false report), "deceptive" (a false testimony), an incorrect piece (a false note in music), non genuine (false teeth), etc.


    Here linked with friend, it means something that sort of is inclined to lead to a mistake.


    A false friend (un faux ami) is an idiomatic expression to call a word of expression which looks the same in two different languages but with a different meaning.
    Ex/ 'a prejudice' in English is most often 'un préjugé' while 'le préjudice' in French is a harm, a damage in English.

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