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All about the French phrase "C'est vrai"

Are you ready to find out all the things you ever wanted to know about the basic French sentence "C'est vrai"? To be clear, it includes a full guide of what it is and how to use it in a normal conversation with an audio example. And that's not all, we also added some useful things like synonyms, dialogue example, slow pronunciation audio and more!

English translation

  • Translation : That's true

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How to pronounce it?



  • IPA : / sɛ vʁɛ /

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C'est vrai meaning


The literal meaning is:

This is an expression that we use very often. It means "That's true / It's true / That's right / Indeed".

How to use

Let's start with a simple example, you are asked: "C'est vrai que tu as 25 ans ?" (Is it true that you are 25 years old?) you can answer: "Oui, c'est vrai" (Yes, it's true) or even just: "C'est vrai".

Now another use would be if you want to admit/concede something. In this case you can use the structure 'C'est vrai' + 'que'.

For example: "C'est vrai que je n'ai pas été gentil avec elle, mais ce n'était pas une excuse pour agir comme ça" (It's true that I wasn't nice to her, but it wasn't an excuse to act like this)


Few antonyms:

↓ Example in a story with translation ↓

Finally, let's see an example in a parallel story with slow audio.

Prendre un taxi

Take a taxi

Taxi driverBonjour madame. Où allez-vous ?
Hello madam. Where are you going?
KarineBonjour. Je vais à la gare.
Hello. I'm going to the train station.
Taxi driverTrès bien. Dois-je mettre votre sac dans le coffre ?
Very well. Should I put your bag in the trunk?
KarineOui, s'il vous plaît.
Yes, please.
Taxi driverC'est fait.
It's done.
KarineMerci. Combien de temps pour aller à la gare ?
Thank you. How long does it take to go to the train station?
Taxi driverEnviron quinze minutes. Vous êtes pressée ?
About fifteen minutes. Are you in a hurry?
KarineOui, je suis en retard.
Yes, I'm late.


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