False Friends: Words with similar forms in different languages but different meanings

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FALSE FRIENDS

False friends refer to words that have the same or similar forms in different languages but have different meanings in each.

For example, the French word ‘abusif’ and English words ‘abusive’ are false friends. Abusif does not mean ‘abusive’ but ‘incorrect, illegal, unauthorized, excessive.’

Similarly, the French word ‘actuel’ and the English ‘actual’ are false friends. Actuel does not mean ‘actual’ but ‘present day’.





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