Antidote 10 User Guide

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Word Choice Panel

French-English false friends

False friends are words in different languages that look or sound similar, but differ significantly in meaning. They become “false” when they are used in the sense of their counterparts from another language. A French–English false friend is an English word whose meaning is confused with that of a French word of similar form. For example, the word French word réunion (meaning “meeting”) and the English word reunion are similar in form but different in meaning. So an expression like *my 9:15 reunion illustrates this sort of linguistic confusion.

Here you have a choice between three settings:

  • Minimum level: The corrector does not flag any false friends.
  • Intermediate level: The corrector flags the most common false friends (e.g. sensible used in place of sensitive), but not those for which the incorrect English meaning is relatively rare (e.g. character when used for characteristic).
  • Maximum level: The corrector flags all potential false friends.
    • False friends are adjusted to the intermediate setting by default if your location is Quebec; otherwise they are set at minimum.

Redundancies

A redundant expression is one that is repetitive in terms of meaning (e.g. young puppy, unexpected luck, remake again). Depending on the nature of the text, this may constitute a genuine error, or, on the contrary, it may be the result of a deliberate stylistic choice. For this reason, redundancies are flagged in the Language view for possible correction and in the Style (Vocabulary) view for simple verification. This setting affects both views.

Here you have a choice between three settings:

  • Minimum level: The corrector does not flag any redundancies.
  • Intermediate level: The corrector flags those redundancies that are universally criticized (e.g. added bonus), but not those that are less serious (e.g. blend together).
  • Maximum level: The corrector flags all redundancies, regardless of how serious they are.
    • Redundancies are adjusted to the intermediate level by default. To disable all such alerts, uncheck the Redundancies box.