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In This Issue

• Periphrastic Tenses

• Pronunciation: œil

• Cas de force majeure

• Imperfect

• Adverbial Pronouns (y and en) Quiz

• grignoter - Mot du jour

• Holidays and Celebrations

French periphrastic tenses

The name might be scary but the grammar is easy: a periphrastic tense is a verbal construction consisting of a specific semi-auxiliary verb (aller, être, venir) plus an infinitive. These verbal phrases offer additional nuance to the normal range of verb tenses.

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French pronunciation

The letter combinations œil and œill, found only at the beginning of a word, are pronounced like the oo in "foot" plus a "y" sound.

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Cas de force majeure

Learning about the French expression cas de force majeure might just help you avoid a disaster.

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French imperfect

They say practice makes perfect, so how can one of the most common French past tenses be imperfect? In grammatical terms, "perfect" means "complete," so the imperfect tense is used to describe an incomplete or ongoing action or state of being.

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Test yourself on en and y (French adverbial pronouns) à la salle de jeux vidéos, or review the lesson.

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Mot du jour - French word of the day

Today's mot du jour is grignoterSupport Lawless French to read the lesson.

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Jours fériés - French public holidays

Features related to upcoming holidays and events in the French-speaking world:

• Halloween (31 octobre)

• La Toussaint (1er novembre)

French holidays and celebrations