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• Negative Adverbs

• Mardi gras

• Passé composé vs imparfait

• À la Chandeleur, l'hiver cesse ou prend vigueur

• DELF A1 Tips

French negative adverbs

Negative adverbs turn affirmative statements and questions into negative statements and questions. The most common English negative adverb is the word "not," but French is a little more complicated - quelle surprise ! ;-)

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French Mardi Gras vocabulary

Mardi Gras is an annual celebration of extravagance and (over)indulgence before Lent. Because Mardi Gras, literally "Fat Tuesday," is tied to Easter, the date changes every year. This year it's 13 February.

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The trickiest aspect of the two most important French verb forms is that they often work together, juxtaposed not only throughout stories, but even within individual sentences. Understanding the contrasting relationship between the passé composé and imparfait is essential to communicating in French.

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À la Chandeleur, l'hiver cesse ou prend vigueur.

Find out whether spring has arrived with the French expression à la Chandeleur, l'hiver cesse ou prend vigueur.

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The DELF A1 will test you on the four language skills in French: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Here's some info about what to expect as well as tips on how to prepare for the test.

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