Vocabulary of employment in France

Spice up your mastery of French employment vocabulary with a crossword! Friends of French and employment in France, bonjour! You know, learning professional vocabulary can be as exciting as unwrapping a surprise present... or as boring as waiting for a phone call that never arrives. But what would make [...]

Financial or pecuniary

Pécuniaire: definition Introduction: the confusion surrounding "pécuniaire" When talking about jobs or writing job applications, you've probably come across the word "pécuniaire" or "pécunier", but have you always known how to spell it correctly? The correct spelling is "pécuniaire", but some people tend to write it as "pécuniaire".

De part or de par?

In spoken language, it is common to hear someone talk about their qualities using the expression "de par", which is, to say the least, bombastic or wordy. It is also written differently in some cover letters: sometimes you read the detestable 'de part' used as a [...].

Déceptif or décevant?

In Geofffey Branger's column on Europe 1, Audrey Morice from Foodwatch condemned the deception faced by consumers: "And in fact, behind the packaging, the product contains only 0.9% of morels, which is very little and very disappointing". Is she talking about a desire to mislead consumers, an unfair practice [...]?

Tournemain or tour de main

We often hear these two expressions used interchangeably, probably because of their paronymy, and we therefore tend to confuse them. In the same way, the terms "attention" and "intention" are sometimes confused when an expression such as "à l'intention" is used for "à l'attention". Definition of 'in a jiffy' The expression 'in a jiffy' means that [...].

Saurai gré or serai gré?

Gré comes from the Latin adjective gratis, grata, gratum, which means pleasant, dear, loved or grateful, welcome or charming. The Gaffiot defines it as "one who receives a warm welcome". To be grateful is precisely to be aware that something is pleasant. When is savoir gré used? The expression savoir gré is used to express gratitude or appreciation.

Je serai or Je serais? Don't make the mistake again!

I will be or I will be? What's the difference? "I will be" is the future simple form of the verb to be. Normally, when you hear it spoken, you should be able to hear and even tell the difference. "Je serais" is the present conditional form of the verb to be. "Je serai" is pronounced with [...].

Permet or Permets? Don't make the mistake again!

What is the correct conjugation of the verb "permettre" in the first person present indicative? Should I write "je permets" or "je permet"? What happens if we add the complement pronoun "me"? Should you write "je me permets" or "je [...]"?

Je pourrais or Je pourrai? Don't make any more mistakes!

"I could" or "I could", which spelling should I use? The ending makes all the difference! In French, this conjugated verb is written in two forms. "Je pourrais" is the present conditional form of the verb "pouvoir", in the first person singular. In the absence of an "s" ending, "je pourrai" is the [...].

Présentiel or présenciel? Don't make the mistake!

Telecommuting, a substantial increase in the trend towards remote work compared with face-to-face work! Confusion reigns as to which ending should be used. And the good old Académie has been quick to sidestep the question of spelling and advocate the use of "à distance" and "en présence". But can we seriously say: "the [...]