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Oct

19

2012

"Les résultats financiers de Google déçoivent les marchés financiers"

"Google's financial results disappoint the financial markets"

The news headline above related to the fall in Google's share price, following a leak which revealed that the search giant's quarterly profits had fallen by 20 percent.

Note the use of the verb décevoir (-> les résultats décoivent (3rd person plural, present tense)). Décevoir – 'to disappoint' – is conjugated like recevoir ('to receive').

But, watch it! Décevoir does not mean 'to deceive' – they are faux amis ('false friends', that is. Despite appearing to be similar, they have different meanings).

If we need to talk of someone deceiving someone else, we'll need the verb tromper.

Consider the following sets of examples:

  • Examples of décevoir
    • Tu me déçois.
      = You are disappointing me.
    • Elle m'a déçu(e).
      = She disappointed me.
    • Quelle déception!
      = What a disappointment.
  • Examples of tromper
    • Son mari l'a trompée.
      = Her husband deceived/cheated on her.
    • Elle le trompe avec Alain.
      = She is having an affair with Alain. (Littéralement 'She is deceiving him with Alan.')
    • Ne vous y trompez pas!
      = Don't be deceived (by it/that)!

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