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Expressing Routine Activities

General phrases:

De temps en temps, de temps autre From time to time


Parfois Occasionally
Quelquefois Sometimes
Pendant la semaine During the week
Tout au long de la semaine Throughout the week
Le vendredi soir On Friday evenings
Le dimanche matin On Sunday mornings
Selon le jour Depending on the day
Mais cela dpend du jour But that depends on the day
Surtout le week-end Especially at weekends
Si jai le temps If I have time
En gnral Generally
En principe As a rule
Jessaie de + infinitive I try + infinitive
On aime surtout + infinitive We especially like + present participle
Mme si Even if
Cest--dire That is to say
Ceci dit, cela dit That said
En arrivant On arriving
Jai du mal + infinitive I find it hard + infinitive
Bien sr, bien entendu Of course
Je narrive jamais + infinitive I never manage + infinitive

Time & Distance phrases:

Vers huit heures, environ huit heures At about 8 oclock


huit heures pile At 8 oclock on the dot
Comme jhabite assez loin (prs) de As I live quite far from (near to)
30 minutes en mtro 30 minutes by tube
plus de 10 kilomtres de More than 10km from
Je vais en courant I run to
Quelques minutes aprs A few minutes later
Peu de temps aprs A little while afterwards
En peu de temps Within a short space of time
Aprs avoir mang, ayant mang After having eaten, having eating
Aprs tre arriv, tant arriv After having arrived, having arrived
Aprs mtre habill After Ive got dressed
Passer + time + + infinitive To spend + time + present participle


Expressing consequence:

Alors, So,
Par consquent, Therefore,
Je suis donc parti (note word order) So I left
Cependant However
Nanmoins, toutefois Nevertheless
En revanche, par contre On the other hand

JCW
Nov 2014