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Friday, October 4, 2013

un conseil

a piece of advice

Il m’a donné un conseil très important.
He gave me a very important piece of advice.

Note how the French would say un conseil to denote a specific piece of advice but des conseils to express advice in a more indefinite sense. For example, Avez-vous des conseils? (Do you have any advice?) The difference between French and English in the latter example is that the French use a plural word for advice, while, in English, we have a singular word that denotes an indefinite quantity. These are examples of singular and plural differences between the two languages.