French translation of 'thing'
1. (= object) chose f ⧫ truc m (informal)
beautiful things de belles choses
What’s that thing called? Comment s’appelle ce truc (informal) ? ⧫ Comment ça s’appelle ?
and things like that et des choses comme ça
iron and silicon and things like that du fer et du silicium et des choses comme ça
2. (= event, situation) chose f
Don’t bother me with little things like that. Ne m’embête pas avec des petites choses comme ça.
A strange thing happened. Il s’est passé quelque chose de bizarre.
it’s a good thing (that) ... heureusement que ...
It’s a good thing that Robert retired. Heureusement que Robert a pris sa retraite.
the thing is, ..., the thing is that ... ce qu’il y a c’est que ...
for one thing
I prefer badminton to squash. It’s not so tiring for one thing. Je préfère le badminton au squash. D’abord, ce n’est pas aussi fatigant.
to do sth first thing, to do sth first thing in the morning (any morning) faire qch à la première heure ⧫ faire qch le matin à la première heure; (tomorrow morning) commencer par faire qch
I’ll go and talk to him first thing in the morning. Demain matin je commencerai par aller lui parler.
last thing, he ... juste avant de se coucher, il ...
to have a thing about sth/sb (= like) avoir un faible pour qch/qn; (= dislike) avoir quelque chose contre qch/qn
to do one’s own thing (informal) faire ce qu’on a envie
what with one thing and another pour une raison ou pour une autre
it’s just one of those things ce sont des choses qui arrivent
3. (= anything) (in negative sentences)
He didn’t do a thing to help me. Il n’a pas fait quoi que ce soit pour m’aider.
Don’t you worry about a thing. Ne te fais aucun souci.
a thing (= something) quelque chose
Getting drunk is a thing all young men do. Se soûler est quelque chose que tous les jeunes hommes font.
5. (= person, animal)
She’s a sweet little thing. Elle est adorable.
You’re a clever little thing. Tu es loin d’être bête.
poor thing! le (la) pauvre !
you poor thing! mon (ma) pauvre !
you lucky thing! (sacré(e)) veinard(e) !
6. (what is fashionable)
Going out and getting drunk was considered to be the thing to do. Sortir et se soûler étaient considérés comme LA chose à faire.
it’s the latest thing c’est la dernière mode
7. (what is right)
the best thing would be to ... le mieux serait de ...
to do the right thing bien faire
the done thing (Britain)
It’s not the done thing. Ça ne se fait pas.
things plural noun
(= belongings) affaires fpl
I like my own things around me. J’aime avoir mes affaires.
(= life in general) choses fpl
Things are getting better. Ça va mieux.
how are things?, how are things going? Comment ça va ?
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Example Sentences Including 'thing'
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The only thing holding it back is a shortage of qualified trainers.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
The same product can mean very different things to its many buyers.Basic Marketing. Principles and Practice (1986)
Why do one thing if you can do two?21 DOG YEARS (2002)
You think you may be onto a good thing.Principles of Corporate Finance (1991)
It is a terribly bleak chronicle with things will only get better sentiments bolted on.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
They say the best things in life are worth waiting for.Times, Sunday Times (2008)
This thing is just out there and out of control.Times, Sunday Times (2008)
We feel no bad thing about ticket prices.The Sun (2012)
What should happen if things go wrong?Times, Sunday Times (2008)
Yet that is not the best thing about her.Times, Sunday Times (2011)
The furore is just another thing to add to a dire display on the field.The Sun (2016)
Things like that happen and the only way you can answer is by winning.The Sun (2016)
We are working hard but things are just not going for us.The Sun (2016)
We just need a bit of spark to get things going again.Times, Sunday Times (2008)
You are forced to do it and maybe that was a good thing.The Sun (2016)
You can have too much of a good thing and then feel a bit sick.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
You have to put a perspective on things in life.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
You think you can get away with things.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
Cooking is another thing born of stillness.Times, Sunday Times (2011)
Everyone wants things to be cream and white and to be like each other.Times, Sunday Times (2008)
Nobody has the right to say these things.Times, Sunday Times (2015)
You have to accept that your most treasured things are just junk to anyone else.Times, Sunday Times (2007)
You trade things for something bigger or better.Times, Sunday Times (2007)
The most important thing is that the city is safe and that we do good business.Times, Sunday Times (2012)
Things are back to normal for the pandas now.Times, Sunday Times (2012)
We have found that if you carry on talking to people they still want to do things.The Sun (2008)
We have to stop this habit of throwing things away.Times, Sunday Times (2013)
We should all report things like this.The Sun (2012)
What is this thing about being nostalgic?Times, Sunday Times (2016)
Why do we feel bad if things are so good?Times, Sunday Times (2007)
Without his money the club would be in a dire situation and things can change very quickly.The Sun (2006)
Workplace skills topped the list of things students most want to acquire.Times, Sunday Times (2013)
That is the beautiful thing we call substitution.Christianity Today (2000)
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'thing' in Other Languages
British English: thing /θɪŋ/ NOUN
You use thing as a substitute for another word when you are unable to be more precise, or you do not need or want to be more precise.
What's that thing in the middle of the fountain?
- American English: thing
- Arabic: شَئْ
- Brazilian Portuguese: coisa
- Chinese: 东西
- Croatian: stvar
- Czech: věc
- Danish: ting
- Dutch: ding
- European Spanish: cosa
- Finnish: esine
- French: chose
- German: Ding
- Greek: πράγμα
- Italian: cosa
- Japanese: 物
- Korean: 물건
- Norwegian: ting
- Polish: rzecz
- European Portuguese: coisa
- Romanian: lucru
- Russian: вещь
- Spanish: cosa
- Swedish: sak
- Thai: สิ่งของ
- Turkish: şey
- Ukrainian: річ
- Vietnamese: đồ vật
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