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24 septembre, 2009

Quand le genre change le sens

Filed under: GRAMMAIRE,VOCABULAIRE — db @ 12:00

Quelques noms dont le sens diffère selon qu’ils sont masculins ou féminins



un aide

male assistant

une aide

help,assistance, female assistant

le bar

bar/pub, bass

la barre

bar (rod), barre, helm

le barde


la barde

armor for a horse

le cache

card/mask (to hide s.t.)

la cache

cache, hiding place

le casse

break-in, robbery

la casse

breaking, damage, breakages

le cave

(familiar) idiot, sucker

la cave

basement, cellar

le champagne


la Champagne

Champagne region

le chèvre

goat cheese

la chèvre


le chose

thingie, contraption

la chose


le cours


la cour

court, yard

le crème

coffee with cream

la crème


le crêpe

crepe material

la crêpe

thin pancake

le critique

male critic

la critique

criticism, review, fem critic

le finale

finale (music)

la finale

final (sports)

le garde

guard, warden, keeper

la garde

guard duty, custody

le gène


la gêne

trouble, bother, embarrassment

le geste


la geste

gest, epic poem

le greffe

court clerk’s office

la greffe

transplant, graft

le lieu


la lieue


le livre


la livre

pound (money & weight)

le manche


la manche

la Manche


English Channel

le manoeuvre


la manoeuvre


le manque

lack, shortage, fault

à la manque


le martyre

male martyr, martyrdom

la martyre

female martyr

le mémoire

memo, report, memoirs

la mémoire


le merci


la merci


le mi

mi (musical note E)

la mie

soft part of bread

le mode

method, way, mood

la mode


le moral


la morale

moral (of story), ethics

le mort

dead body

la mort


le mou


la moue


le moule


la moule


le mousse

ship’s boy (apprentice)

la mousse

moss, froth, foam, mousse

le mur


la mûre


le page

page boy

la page

pageof (of a book)

le parallèle


la parallèle

parallel line

le pendule


la pendule


le physique

physique, face

la physique


le plastique


la plastique

modelling arts, body shape

le platine


la platine

turntable,deck, strip of metal

le poêle


la poêle

frying pan

le politique


la politique

politics, policy

le ponte

(informal) big shot

la ponte

laying eggs

le poste

job, post, tv/radio set

la poste

post office, mail/post

le pot

jar, pot, tin, can

la peau


le pub


la pub

ad (publicité – advertising)

le pupille

male ward

la pupille

pupil of an eye

le radio

radio operator

la radio

radio, X ray

le soi

self, id

la soie


le sol

ground, floor, soil

la sole

sole (fish)

le solde

balance (account),

la solde

Pay, sale

le somme

snooze, nap

la somme

sum, amount

le tour

tour, turn, trick

la tour


le trompette


la trompette


le vague


la vague


le vase


la vase

silt, mud

le vigile


la vigile


le voile


la voile



3 commentaires »

  1. Oy.. Française est une langue très difficile a étudier..

    Commentaire par happyatom — 18 septembre, 2007 @ 9:44 | Réponse

  2. Oui, difficile… et l’Anglais est simple comme bonjour :


    Dearest creature in creation,
    Study English pronunciation.
    I will teach you in my verse
    Sounds like corpse, corps, horse, and worse.
    I will keep you, Suzy, busy,
    Make your head with heat grow dizzy.
    Tear in eye, your dress will tear.
    So shall I! Oh hear my prayer.

    Just compare heart, beard, and heard,
    Dies and diet, lord and word,
    Sword and sward, retain and Britain.
    (Mind the latter, how it’s written.)
    Now I surely will not plague you
    With such words as plaque and ague.
    But be careful how you speak:
    Say break and steak, but bleak and streak;
    Cloven, oven, how and low,
    Script, receipt, show, poem, and toe.

    Hear me say, devoid of trickery,
    Daughter, laughter, and Terpsichore,
    Typhoid, measles, topsails, aisles,
    Exiles, similes, and reviles;
    Scholar, vicar, and cigar,
    Solar, mica, war and far;
    One, anemone, Balmoral,
    Kitchen, lichen, laundry, laurel;
    Gertrude, German, wind and mind,
    Scene, Melpomene, mankind.

    Billet does not rhyme with ballet,
    Bouquet, wallet, mallet, chalet.
    Blood and flood are not like food,
    Nor is mould like should and would.
    Viscous, viscount, load and broad,
    Toward, to forward, to reward.
    And your pronunciation’s OK
    When you correctly say croquet,
    Rounded, wounded, grieve and sieve,
    Friend and fiend, alive and live.

    Ivy, privy, famous; clamour
    And enamour rhyme with hammer.
    River, rival, tomb, bomb, comb,
    Doll and roll and some and home.
    Stranger does not rhyme with anger,
    Neither does devour with clangour.
    Souls but foul, haunt but aunt,
    Font, front, wont, want, grand, and grant,
    Shoes, goes, does. Now first say finger,
    And then singer, ginger, linger,
    Real, zeal, mauve, gauze, gouge and gauge,
    Marriage, foliage, mirage, and age.

    Query does not rhyme with very,
    Nor does fury sound like bury.
    Dost, lost, post and doth, cloth, loth.
    Job, nob, bosom, transom, oath.
    Though the differences seem little,
    We say actual but victual.
    Refer does not rhyme with deafer.
    Foeffer does, and zephyr, heifer.
    Mint, pint, senate and sedate;
    Dull, bull, and George ate late.
    Scenic, Arabic, Pacific,
    Science, conscience, scientific.

    Liberty, library, heave and heaven,
    Rachel, ache, moustache, eleven.
    We say hallowed, but allowed,
    People, leopard, towed, but vowed.
    Mark the differences, moreover,
    Between mover, cover, clover;
    Leeches, breeches, wise, precise,
    Chalice, but police and lice;
    Camel, constable, unstable,
    Principle, disciple, label.

    Petal, panel, and canal,
    Wait, surprise, plait, promise, pal.
    Worm and storm, chaise, chaos, chair,
    Senator, spectator, mayor.
    Tour, but our and succour, four.
    Gas, alas, and Arkansas.
    Sea, idea, Korea, area,
    Psalm, Maria, but malaria.
    Youth, south, southern, cleanse and clean.
    Doctrine, turpentine, marine.

    Compare alien with Italian,
    Dandelion and battalion.
    Sally with ally, yea, ye,
    Eye, I, ay, aye, whey, and key.
    Say aver, but ever, fever,
    Neither, leisure, skein, deceiver.
    Heron, granary, canary.
    Crevice and device and aerie.

    Face, but preface, not efface.
    Phlegm, phlegmatic, ass, glass, bass.
    Large, but target, gin, give, verging,
    Ought, out, joust and scour, scourging.
    Ear, but earn and wear and tear
    Do not rhyme with here but ere.
    Seven is right, but so is even,
    Hyphen, roughen, nephew Stephen,
    Monkey, donkey, Turk and jerk,
    Ask, grasp, wasp, and cork and work.

    Pronunciation — think of Psyche!
    Is a paling stout and spikey?
    Won’t it make you lose your wits,
    Writing groats and saying grits?
    It’s a dark abyss or tunnel:
    Strewn with stones, stowed, solace, gunwale,
    Islington and Isle of Wight,
    Housewife, verdict and indict.

    Finally, which rhymes with enough —
    Though, through, plough, or dough, or cough?
    Hiccough has the sound of cup.
    My advice is to give up!!!

    — Author unknown
    Via : http://www.docflash.com/say_this.txt

    Commentaire par db — 18 septembre, 2007 @ 3:29 | Réponse

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