14.13 Important English adverbs without direct equivalent in French

Some adverbs do not have a French equivalent, but need to be described by a verbal phrase.

14.13.1 almost = avoir failli

almost = avoir failli
J' ai failli tomber. *
  I almost fell.
Tu as failli faire une bêtise.
  You almost made a stupid mistake.

The verb faillir is almost only used in this meaning of almost. However, there are a few fixed phrases with this verb.

almost = avoir failli
Il a failli à sa tache.
  He is failed to do is task.
La mémoire lui a failli.
  His memory failed.

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