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French Vocabulary: Dansequâ Posted by on Nov 26, 2014 in Grammar, Vocabulary

Dansequâ is a French word you will never find in any dictionnaire.

The story behind this mot bizarre (strange word) goes back to when I first started learning French. I remember hearing my teacher say “dansequâ” and understanding it dans son contexte (in context) as meaning something like “because” or “taking that into consideration”, but I had never seen the word written down.

Try as I might I could not figure out just how you should write it, and my teacher ne pouvait pas comprendre (could not understand) what I was talking about either. I knew the word existed though, j’étais sûr (I was sure) I had heard it and j’étais sûr that the French used it!

Then one day as I was reading through my French lesson for the day, I came across quelque chose (something) that seemed very familiar. I was finally seeing the mot bizarre! Only it wasn’t a mot bizarre, but rather a phrase bizarre (strange sentence):

Dans ce cas (In that case)

What I had thought was one word was actually three!

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About the Author: John Bauer

John Bauer is an enthusiast for all things language and travel. He currently lives in France where he's doing his Master's. John came to France four years ago knowing nothing about the language or the country, but through all the mistakes over the years, he's started figuring things out.


  1. Afnan:

    Oh, tres cool!