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I'm still bored

Je suis toujours ennuyé

bored - ennuyé. Note that the adverb toujours can be used to mean "still" as well as "always." Note the adverb's placement right after the conjugated verb but before the adjective. Also recall that ennuyeux means "boring."

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I do not want to go out because I am exhausted

Je ne veux pas sortir parce que je suis épuisé

exhausted - épuisé

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She is finally motivated

Elle est enfin motivée

motivated - motivé. Note that the opposite of motivé is démotivé.

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Claire is always in good spirits

Claire est toujours de bonne humeur

mood, spirits - humeur. Note that the preposition de must precede the adjective when describing the type of mood someone is in. For example, "Jean is in a bad mood" would be Jean est de mauvaise humeur.

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He is in great shape

Il est en grande forme

shape, form - forme. Note that en must precede any adjective modifying forme. Forme can refer to both one's physical and mental states.

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I cannot finish this horrible snack

Je ne peux pas finir cet encas horrible

horrible - horrible

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This book is truly terrible

Ce livre est vraiment terrible

terrible - terrible. Note that the French expression pas terrible is actually used somewhat positively to express that something is "OK" or "nothing special."

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She closes the door slowly

Elle ferme la porte lentement

slowly - lentement. Here, the suffix -ment is paired with the (feminine form of the) adjective lent to create the adverb. The feminine form is used simply to make the resulting adverb sound better when spoken.

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My dad walks too quickly

Mon père marche trop rapidement

rapidly, quickly - rapidement. This adverb is formed by pairing the adjective rapide with the suffix -ment. Recall that vite could also work here.

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He reacts strangely

Il réagit bizarrement

strangely - bizarrement. Note that you could also use étrangement.

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Her cat is really fat

Son chat est très gros

fat - gros. Note that the feminine form is grosse. The word for "cat," chat, is masculine.

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I have three dogs

J'ai trois chiens

a dog - un chien

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He's mad when he goes to school

Il est en colère quand il va à l'école

mad - en colère. Furieux, enragé, and fâché are common alternatives.

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She is sleeping all day!

Elle dort toute la journée!

all day - toute la journée. This is an example of the present progressive in English because the subject is in the process of sleeping, but in French the basic present tense can be used: elle dort.

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I feel sad

Je me sens triste

I feel - je me sens. This is an example of a reflexive verb, which we will cover in-depth elsewhere. Reflexive verbs are used in fixed expressions, like je m'appelle, so for now just commit these few to memory.

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This story is becoming more and more interesting

Cette histoire devient de plus en plus intéressante

more and more - de plus en plus. Note that the opposite construction, "less and less," is de moins en moins.

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We are more or less in agreement

Nous sommes plus ou moins d'accord

more or less - plus ou moins

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Marie believes that she is invincible

Marie croit qu'elle est invincible

invincible - invincible

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We become weaker while growing older

On devient plus faible en vieillissant

weak - faible. Note that faible also means "quiet" when referring to the volume of something.

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When I feel weak, I take these pills

Quand je me sens faible, je prends ces pilules

a pill - une pilule

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That movie seems/looks really funny!

Ce film a l'air très drôle!

to seem/look - avoir l'air. Note that when this construction is paired with an adjective, the adjective does not need to agree in gender and number with the subject.

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Jean looks like a king

Jean a l'air d'un roi

to look like - avoir l'air de. Note that when paired with a noun, the expression avoir l'air takes on the preposition de. The same is true when it's paired with the infinitive of a verb: "You look like you are angry" translates as Tu as l'air d'être fâché.

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I think while eating

Je pense en mangeant

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Jean is in the process of cooking himself a meal

Jean est en train de se faire à manger

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A student succeeds by studying

Un étudiant réussit en étudiant

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Upon opening the door, Marie sees her uncle

En ouvrant la porte, Marie voit son oncle