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Re: "déclenché": what does this word mean?

 woolybanana wrote:
Le fait de voir mon ex-belle mère a déclenché une crise?
Big Smile [:D]
"I couldn't sleep very well last night. Some noisy b*ggers going around in automobiles kept me awake." Ken Miles
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Re: "déclenché": what does this word mean?

 woolybanana wrote:
To be fair, I did not even notice the spelling mistake and so was not put off by it at all.

You didn't notice the error, Wools, because you know the word sufficiently well not to need it to be correctly spelt.

Isn't there some test they do when they write a sentence with words deliberately misspelt or vowels missing and you could still understand it perfectly because it's the brain and not the eye that "understands" meanings?


N'allez pas trop vite - Proust
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Re: "déclenché": what does this word mean?

Well, it is something that first language speakers do instinctively but which causes problems to second language learners. We used to have exercises involving this to encourage students to look for global meaning for context. Of course, there are variations depending on educational cultural background. Those built of absolute and detailed correctness, usually extensive rote learning would have the biggest problems.
Too thick for a PhD!
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Re: "déclenché": what does this word mean?

'Trigger' (not Roy Rogers' horse), i.e. set off, started.

But the others are right, of course.

Andrew 44

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Re: "déclenché": what does this word mean?

Well your sub-conscious must have been working for you to choose that title, I read the title and the rest of the thread before realising that you had written delenché in the text which rather proves the point made later on.
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Re: "déclenché": what does this word mean?

Yes, Chance, it's very strange how it works but you often get a "feeling" about something being right or not.

Sometimes, it's just whether you can say the word aloud and if it doesn't sound right, then it often isn't.


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Re: "déclenché": what does this word mean?

It is a word I will never forget having had my car broken into and making a report at the police station when the gendarme wrote "ils ont déclenché l'alarme" having broken into half a dozen others before mine...................JR
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