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03:39 Jun 13, 2001
English to French translations [Non-PRO]
Marketing
English term or phrase: bicycle
noun
amy
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Summary of answers provided
navélo
Didier Fourcot
nabicyclette or velosteviet
nabicyclettelaniti


  

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3 mins
bicyclette


Explanation:
or vélo.

Bicyclette is the given dictionary translation but vélo is more often used (in mail order catalogues, daily use etc...).

laniti
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1 hr
bicyclette or velo


Explanation:
To ride a bike - Faire de la bicyclette OR faire du velo. In everyday use, 'velo' is used more often!


steviet
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2 hrs
vélo


Explanation:
Explanation of the usage of the terms in France:

- "bicyclette" is the proper and formal term, used in formal written language or litterary work, specially in the past "La bicyclette bleue" is a famous novel with action around World War II, elderly people probably only use this term: "les ouvriers allaient au travail à bicyclette": this is a tool, an everyday vehicle, you use it because you have to

- "vélo" is the more fashioned term, any sunday biker "fait du vélo": this is a sport or fashion item, you use it because you like, to show off or to be proud of your performance

There is also a famous idiomatic expression in Frnch "la petite reine" that may be useful to avoid the difficult choice!



    native French translator
Didier Fourcot
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Native speaker of: Native in FrenchFrench
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