How do you say ... in French?

This page aims to present a number of common queries that learners have when translating certain key words into French.

How do you say any in French?

The French word for any is generally de in a negative sentence, and the same as for some in a question. For more information, see this separate page on how to say any in French.

How do you say

How do you say this in French?
How do you say that in French?
How do you say these in French?
How do you say those in French?

These words are often termed demonstrative adjectives or (in more modern analyses) demonstrative determiners. In French, they are generally translated by ce, cette and ces. See:

 this and that in French
 these and those in French

French often makes less of a distinction between the notions of this and those. The follong article discusses mechanisms for differentiating the two in French:

 How to distinguish between this and that in French


How do you say was in French?
How do you say were in French?

If was and were are followed by a verb ending in -ing ("I was working"), then it is normally translated using the imperfect tense in French. If it is followed by a simple adjective, then the imperfect tense of the verb être is generally used.

 The imperfect tense
 Conjugation of être: see the imperfect tense. For example, I was = j'étais.


How do you say more in French?

Depending on the circumstances, two common translations are plus and encore. See the grammar pages on saying more in French. In phrases such as more intelligent, see the page on how to form the comparative of adjectives and adverbs.

How do you say my in French?
How do you say your in French?
How do you say his/her in French?
How do you say our in French?
How do you say their in French?

These words are traditionally called possessive adjectives, although many linguists prefer to call them possessive determiners (they're not really adjectives in the same way as words like big, small etc). To find out how to say my, your etc in French, see the following pages:

How to you say then in French?

The word then has various translations, depending on its usage. For more details, see the separate section on how to say then in French.

 Possessive determiners in French

How to say never in French?

The French word for never is usually jamais, but like with other French negatives, you often put ne before verb. For more details, see the separate page on how to say never in French.

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