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French translation: (Yes, there is a difference)

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08:35 Oct 4, 2000
English to French translations [Non-PRO]
English term or phrase: Qu\'est ce que ...
I accidently left off a "tire" between "est" and "ce". Is there is big difference between "qu'est ce que ce logiciel?" and "qu'est-ce que ce logiciel?"
Irinette
French translation:(Yes, there is a difference)
Explanation:
Yes there is a difference, in the fact that the first one is wrong. But it is not a big mistake, so I wouldn't worry too much about it. It might just go as a typo.

You could write: "Qu'est-ce que ce logiciel?" or "Qu'est ce logiciel?" Both mean the same thing. The second sentence doesn't take a hyphen, the first one does, as you are using the expression "qu'est-ce que", as opposed to "qu'est". In fact, what you did with your first sentence was take the expression "qu'est" and follow it with the words "ce que ce", which makes no sense per se. But as I said, it is a minor mistake (unless you are a perfectionist, of course...)
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Louise Atfield
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na(Yes, there is a difference)Louise Atfield
naNo meaning change.
Stephanie Mitchel


  

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11 mins
No meaning change.


Explanation:
Yes, there\'s a difference, but not in meaning, only in appearance. This error is a typo at worst.

Stephanie Mitchel
United States
Local time: 05:22
Native speaker of: English
PRO pts in pair: 24

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Yolanda Broad
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1 day 3 hrs
(Yes, there is a difference)


Explanation:
Yes there is a difference, in the fact that the first one is wrong. But it is not a big mistake, so I wouldn't worry too much about it. It might just go as a typo.

You could write: "Qu'est-ce que ce logiciel?" or "Qu'est ce logiciel?" Both mean the same thing. The second sentence doesn't take a hyphen, the first one does, as you are using the expression "qu'est-ce que", as opposed to "qu'est". In fact, what you did with your first sentence was take the expression "qu'est" and follow it with the words "ce que ce", which makes no sense per se. But as I said, it is a minor mistake (unless you are a perfectionist, of course...)

Louise Atfield
PRO pts in pair: 577
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