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Correct me if I'm wrong, but shouldn't the text "What is LiveJournal?" on the main page read "Qu'est-ce que c'est LiveJournal?" instead of "Qu'est-ce que Livejournal?"

I'm not a native speaker, so I apologize if this is completely off. It's also a simple thing -- just wanted to mention it, as I was setting my LJ to French this morning for practice with the language. :P
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diafoirus From: diafoirus Date: le 15 septembre 2002 14:06 (UTC) (Lien)

En français, "qu'est-ce que c'est LiveJournal?" est incorrect.
(deux fois le même verbe dans la même phrase)

Au mieux nous devrions traduire : "Qu'est LiveJournal?", mais plus personne ne
comprend ce type de français depuis le milieu du XXème siècle :)
ninamazing From: ninamazing Date: le 15 septembre 2002 14:23 (UTC) (Lien)

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Ah . . . je comprends. :P Merci!
ruakh From: ruakh Date: le 12 octobre 2002 20:49 (UTC) (Lien)
Formal: "Qu'est-ce que LiveJournal?"
Informal: "Qu'est-ce que c'est que LiveJournal?"
Literal from the English: "Qu'est-ce qui est LiveJournal?"

The thing is, while "What's LiveJournal?" doesn't seem like an idiomatic expression, it really is.

If I ask, "What's he doing?" the expected answer will be something like "sleeping," rather than "Sleeping, breathing, dreaming, lying down, living, revolving around the Sun . . ."; you just name one thing that the person is doing.

But if I ask, "What's a fungus?" the expected answer will not be "a truffle," but rather an explanation that includes all fungi . . .

So it makes sense that not all languages would express it the same way.
ninamazing From: ninamazing Date: le 13 octobre 2002 10:44 (UTC) (Lien)

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. . . That's very true. I understand it a lot better now [and feel kind of silly for bringing it up!].

Thanks for the helpful explanation. :)
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