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"Les douaniers peuvent contrôler les valises."

Translation:Customs agents can inspect the suitcases.

April 2, 2018

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mng22

Duo gave me the correct answer as "The customs officers can cheque the suitcases." Reported.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sitesurf

On which platform did you see this?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sitesurf

The only explanation I can think of is that Duo would still be using a dictionary of synonyms which has made the system suggest "cheque" instead of "check". Of course, this "cheque" is nowhere in the course that we (volunteers) have written.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/yujia21

Isn't to control and contrôler in the context of luggage an example of faux amis?


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/n6zs
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I would have to agree with you. Customs agents do not "control" baggage -- they inspect it or check it. I suspect that EN "control" was put there by someone to make it easy (not) for learners. In fact, it is not correct.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/emanymitton

In the US we are more likely to use the term customs officials than customs officers.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/n6zs
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Or Customs Agents.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kswester

Suitcases, baggage, luggage, and, yes, "valises" are all English words for the same thing. Valise has perhaps fallen out of general use, but it's still out there.

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