The Cambridge French-English Thesaurus

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Cambridge University Press, 1998 - Foreign Language Study - 326 pages
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This highly useful bilingual thesaurus is aimed at all English-speaking learners and users of French at intermediate and more advanced levels. Structured in a uniquely helpful way, it is arranged thematically, with extensive subdivisions into topic categories. Two alphabetical indexes of more than 8,000 words each, one listing English vocabulary and the other French, help readers find what they're looking for easily. This is the best bilingual thesaurus available Like the best thesauri, it gives not only analogous words but analogous phrases and expressions as well; moreover it explains in what contexts the different synonyms should be used. Contains a wealth of information Let's say you want to look up the French for the word "difficult." You may know that this translates into French as "difficile" but may be curious about other, synonymous words that could be used to mean "difficult" in slightly different contexts. Look up "difficult" in the English-French index at the back of the book, and you're directed to a section that gives you a range of synonymous words and tells you when to use them. Explains nuances and contexts In this way it's like a very elaborate dictionary, with phrases as well as words. Easy to use in French and English There's not only a long English-French index, but a long French-English one as well, so you can come at it from either language, to find your lists of synonyms in either English or French. Moreover, it gives American English expressions as well as British English ones, wherever they differ.
  

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Contents

Bilingual thesaurus
13
Position
14
Direction and distance
15
Arrival and departure
16
Movement
18
Travel
21
Cars
22
Ships planes and trains
24
Cause and effect
139
Body and health
140
The senses
143
Anatomy and physiology
148
Health professions
152
Being well and being ill
153
Hurting killing dying
156
Treatments and substances affecting the body
157

Time
27
Repetition in time
30
Changes in time
31
Old and new
32
Being on time
33
The natural environment
37
Pets and small animals
39
Water animals
40
Plants
41
Minerals and metals
42
States of matter
43
Light
44
Geography and astronomy
45
Weather and temperature
47
Everyday things
49
Clothes accessories and cosmetics
54
Textiles and materials
56
Repairs decoration and construction
57
Machines and energy
59
The cleanliness of objects
60
Closing enclosing and fastening objects
62
Usefulness of objects
63
Society family and relationships
66
The family
68
Groups individuals and gender
69
Politics society and community
71
Control authority and the law
73
Rituals and beliefs
78
Dangers risks and conflicts
81
Disputes and negotiations
84
Showing giving and owning
86
Emotions feelings and attitudes
90
Observing and failing to observe rules of behaviour
91
Doing things well and doing them badly
96
Positive and negative feelings
97
Help and encouragement
103
Alertness and degrees of contentment
104
Strength and weakness
108
Aesthetic feelings
110
Wanting
111
Wanting to happen effort and difficulty
112
Wanting to achieve success and failure
115
Knowledge and thought processes
118
Thinking
119
Differentiating and identifying
121
Selecting and ordering
123
Evaluating and judging
125
Quantifying and measuring
127
Education learning and teaching
133
Correct and wrong
138
Caring for the body
159
Food and drink
160
Bread biscuits and cakes
161
Food derived from animals
162
Flavours and seasonings
164
Cooking and eating
165
Drinks and drinking
168
Work and leisure
170
Office work
171
Farming
172
Gardening
173
Relaxing playing and sport
174
The media and the performing arts
177
The visual arts arts and crafts
179
Money worth economy
181
Worth
184
Economy
185
Existence presence and absence
186
Truth reality and illusion
187
Transformation and imitation
190
Full and empty
191
Certainty probability and possibility
194
Necessity
196
Chance
197
Ways of communicating
199
Mailing and sending
205
Communicating electronically
206
Conversational gambits Full list of contents
209
Introductions
211
Opening a conversation
212
Ending a conversation
213
Expressing sympathy
214
Thanking
215
Permission
216
Invitations
217
Information
218
Warnings
219
Plans and intentions
220
Reassuring
221
AgreeingDisagreeing
222
Obligation
223
Expressing pleasuredispleasure
224
Announcements
225
Written communication
226
Post and telecommunications
229
Verb conjugations
231
EnglishFrench index
241
FrenchEnglish index
283
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About the author (1998)

Towell is professor of French applied linguistics a the University of Salford.

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