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Old Nov 17th 2017, 9:39 am   #301
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Default Re: Useful French Phrases

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Originally Posted by dmu View Post
Not really a useful French phrase, but I've just heard on French radio that some police activities are too "chronophages". Is this being linguistically pretentious? It's in Larousse, but OH has never heard it used. Thank goodness for Greek (and Latin) roots to understand some words nowadays!
No, Mme TP hadn't heard of it either, and didn't know the meaning.
Not a word I would use, and yes it does sound particularly pretentious. Some may love it (I know Bernard Pivot and Fabrice Luchini both would), but I much prefer 'trop exigeant en temps' or more simply 'necessite trop de temps' meaning 'too time consuming'.
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