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Tomber en amour - French Mistake

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Mistakes will always be made in French, and now you can learn from them.

Wrong: Tomber en amour

Right: Tomber amoureux

Explanation: Tomber en amour is the literal translation of "to fall in love." The English expression makes love sound like a puddle, or maybe a hole in the ground, that people can fall into and out of. In French, however, love is a state of being, so you "fall loving" rather than "in love."

   Je suis tombé amoureux de Françoise !
   I've fallen in love with Françoise!


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