Pour et contre

Pour et contre - French expression
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French Expression

Meaning for and against, yes and no, aye and nay, pros and cons
Literally for and against
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Pronunciation French sound files [poo ray ko(n)tr(eu)]
IPA   [pu ʁe kɔ̃tʁə]

Usage notes: The French expression pour et contre can be used like an adjective or noun, but either way it is always invariable.


les voix pour et contre   the votes for and against, the ayes and nays
des arguments pour et contre le programme   arguments for and against the program


2 pour et 3 contre   2 ayes and 3 nays
les pour et les contre   pros and antis, supporters and detractors, those who agree and those who don’t
le pour et le contre* du programme   the program’s pros and cons

* Synonym: les avantages et les inconvénients

 Fais gaffe ! Do not translate “pros and cons” as pour et con – in addition to being incorrect, the final word is offensive.

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