All about the French phrase "Ça suffit"

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Pronunciation guide

Slow pronunciation

Normal pronunciation

Ça suffit meaning

Definition

Literally:

  • Ça → It
  • Suffit → Suffice

It’s the classic way to say “That’s enough” in French, you can use in most situations but it can be perceived as “bossy” because it’s an order.

How to use it

If someone around you is doing something annoying and you want this person to stop, you can say: “Ça suffit” (It’s enough). To insist on the emergency, you can use instead: “Arrête tout de suite” (Stop it right now)

Finally, for informal contexts, you can use also “Arrête ton cirque” (Stop your circus) or even “Arrête tes conneries” (Stop you bullshit). Beware, the last one is very familiar and might be perceived as aggressive.

Synonyms and similarities

  • Arrête. (“Stop it“)
  • Arrête (ça) maintenant. (“Stop (it) now“)
  • Arrête (ça) tout de suite. (“Stop (it) right now“)
  • Arrête ton cirque. (“Stop your circus“)
  • Arrête tes conneries. (“Stop your bullshit“)(Vulgar)

Example with audio dialogue

Audio dialogue from French people

Dialogue audio

Dialogue script

” Ça suffit ! Arrête ton baratin ! “
” Stop your jibber jabber! “
” Mais je m’amusais juste… “
” But I was just having fun… “
” C’est pénible “
” It’s annoying “
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