The word Fertile

SherilynB2Kwiziq community member

The word Fertile

As English being  my mother tongue, I believe the word fertile should be futile!

Asked 2 months ago
CélineKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Bonjour Sherilyn,

I checked the exercise and I can confirm the use of "fertile" is indeed correct here. ;-)

Il a une imagination fertile. = He has a fertile imagination.

Le sol de la région est très fertile. = The soil of the region is very fertile.

C'est futile ! = This is futile!

C'est un détail futile. It's an unimportant detail.

I hope this is helpful.

Bonne journée !

 

MaartenC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Sherilyn, 

not sure if you are suggesting this tongue-in-cheek ? 

‘Fertile’ is quite correct as used in the expression in the transcript, although ‘futile’ may accurately describe how beneficial it was !

 https://www.wordreference.com/fren/imagination%20fertile

 https://www.wordreference.com/enfr/fertile

SherilynB2Kwiziq community member

This was definitely not tongue-in-cheek.... And I believe in English we would never say this expresssion using fertile.  But I guess some things are never quite the same in translation.  Thanks  for your responses.

MaartenC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Sherilyn, Céline is correct. There is nothing lost in translation here.

The expression 'fertile imagination' is a standard expression in English, as is its equivalent in French ' imagination fertile '.

It is also a standard accepted use of the adjective ‘fertile’ in both languages.

https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/fertile-imaginationfertile-imagination

https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/fertile#

 https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fertile

https://www.larousse.fr/dictionnaires/francais/fertile/33393#locution

The word Fertile

As English being  my mother tongue, I believe the word fertile should be futile!

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