Everything about the French phrase "En effet"

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Translation in English

Pronunciation example

Slow pronunciation

Normal pronunciation

What does en effet mean?


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

How to use

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, en effet” (Yes, indeed) or “Oui, c’est vrai” (Yes, that’s true)

Note that “En effet” is formal register and “C’est vrai” is neutral register. So if you want something more informal, you can use instead: “Carrément” (Absolutely).

Synonyms and similarities

  • Vrai. (“True“)
  • Absolument (vrai). (“Absolutely (true)“)
  • Carrément (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)

Dialogue example with audio

Audio dialogue from French people

Dialogue audio

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” C’est tellement beau Paris “
” Paris is so beautiful “
” Yes, it’s breathtaking “
” En effet, ça me manque ! “
” Indeed, I miss it “
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