Useful Writing Terms

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au lieu de + inf verb

instead of

avant de + inf verb

before doing..

sans + inf verb

without

après avoir/être/s'être + past participle

after doing

en + verb ending in -ant

while/by + -ing..

il faut + inf verb

it is necessary to

si + present + future

if i go.., i will...

quand + future + future

when i am..., i will...

si + imperfect + conditional

if i was..., i would

être sur le point de + inf verb

to be about to do something

être en train de + inf verb

to be in the middle of

venir de + inf verb

to say that something has just happened

j'aimerais mieux

i would rather/prefer

alors que

whereas

cependant

however

de temps en temps

from time to time

pour commencer

to begin with

enfin

finally

à cause de la/du/des/de l'

because of

tout à coup

suddenly

soit.. soit

either.. or

c'est-à-dire

that is to say

quelquefois

sometimes

plusieurs fois

few times

bien sûr

of course

surtout

above all

en fait

in fact

lorsque

when

par conséquent

as a result

en effet

indeed

heuresment

fortunately

malheuresment

unfortunately

d'ailleurs

besides

malgré

despite

d'une part.. d'autre part

on one hand.. on the other hand

même si

even if

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