All about the French phrase "C'est vrai"

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English translation

How to pronounce it?

Slow pronunciation

Normal pronunciation

C'est vrai meaning


The literal meaning is:

  • C’est → It is
  • Vrai → True

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)


  • Vrai. (“True“)
  • Absolument (vrai). (“Absolutely (true)“)
  • C’est exact. (“That’s exact“)
  • C’est juste. (“That’s accurate“)
  • C’est la vérité. (“That’s the truth“)
  • C’est avéré. (“That’s recognized“)
  • C’est prouvé. (“That’s proven“)
  • C’est véridique. (“That’s veracious/truthful“)
  • C’est véritable. (“That’s real“)
  • C’est indiscutable. (“That’s indisputable“)
  • C’est certain. (“That’s certain“)

Few antonyms:

  • C’est pas vrai. (“That’s not true“)
  • Ce n’est pas vrai. (“That is not true“)
  • C’est du mytho. (“That’s lies“)(Slang)
  • Mytho. (“Fraud“)(Slang)

Audio dialogue example

Audio dialogue by French natives

Dialogue audio

Dialogue text

” L’été est pratiquement terminé… “
” Summer is almost over “
” Oh non ! Je veux un été infini ! “
” Oh no! I want an endless summer! “
” C’est vrai que ça serait bien ! “
” That’s true it would be great! “
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