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Improve Your French - Advanced Vocabulary - 'Important' Vocab

Updated on July 25, 2012

Improving Your French

Think you know French? Think again.

French, as with all languages, is a language that you can speak on different levels. To help you become more sophisticated and raise your level of French, here are some words and phrases to do with stating the importance of matters that you may learn to improve upon an already solid French lexis.

Vocabulary Portraying Importance

English Translation
Un enjeu de taille
A big Issue
Un enjeu capital
A prime issue
Une étape essentielle
A vital Stage
Au cœur du débat
At the heart of the discussion
Le point de mire
Focal point
La pierre angulaire
Le principe directeur
Guiding principle
Une nécessité de premier plan
a priority need
To weigh/influence
Un facteur d'un poids décisif qui pèse lourd
A factor of decisive significance which weighs heavily

Phrases to do with Importance

English Translation
Il faut
We must
Souligner l'importance de ...
Emphasise the importance of ...
Prendre au sérieux
Take seriously
Tenir compte du fait que ...
Take into account that ...
Insister sur le fait que ...
Emphasise that ...
Quelque chose de notable
Something noteworthy
Un événement marquant
An important event
L'essentiel de l'affaire
Crux of the issue
Le point crucial du débat; le noeud du débat
Crucial point of the discussion
Le débat tourne autour de ...
The discussion hinges on ...
Poser un problème crucial
To pose a central problem
Être pour beaucoup dans l'affaire
To count for a lot in the issue
Le plus frappant ici c'est
The most striking thing here is ...

More phrases to do with importance

English Translation
Il est utile de s'attarder sur
It is worth dwelling on (...)
Plusieurs points forts se dégagent
Several important points emerge
Il ne faut pas banaliser le danger
We must not play down the danger
Il ne faut pas passer sous silence; il ne faut pas tirer le rideau sur ...
We must not draw a veil over (...)
Désigner les sources du mal
To pinpoint the origins of the ill
Remonter de l'effet à la cause
To work back from effect to cause
Jouer un rôle primordial/prépondérant
To play a major part

Vocabulary to do with the extent of consequences

French Words
English Translation
L'ampleur (f)
L'ampleur des conséquences
Extent of the consequences
Des conséquences d'une grande portée
Far-reaching consequences


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      5 years ago

      My preolbm was a wall until I read this, then I smashed it.

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      8 years ago

      It' good to know such phrases too. Certainly valuable even to someone who already has a working knowledge of the language.


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