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The French sentence "C'est pas trop tôt" revealed

We are going to teach you all the things you want to know about the basic French sentence "C'est pas trop tôt". More precisely, this includes a detailed guide of what it is and how you can use it in everyday life with an audio example.In addition, we also added some useful informations like dialogue example, synonyms, slow pronunciation audio and more!

French to English translation

  • Translation : It was about time

  • Register : Informal - Basic

How to pronounce



  • IPA : / sɛ pa tʁo to /

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What does it mean?


It literally means:

We use it to express our frustration after waiting for someone for a long time. This is ironic because instead of simply saying "You are late." (Tu es en retard.) it's saying "It's not too soon".

This construction is making the criticism less aggressive but still clear.

How to use it

You had been waiting for your "always-30min-late-friend" and he/she finally arrived. You just want to mention that he/she is late but without starting an argument or creating a bad atmosphere.

In this case, just say: "C'est pas trop tôt." with a smile and he/she will understand you, will probably apologize and you will move on to something else.

Don't forget that depending on your tone and facial expression, it can be interpreted as a gentle teasing or as an aggression.

Funny stuff

This is a soft way to criticize someone for being late, but if you are super mad: you can increase the "criticism level". Just add some swear words such as "Bordel", "Putain", "Bordel de merde" or "Putain de merde" right after to make it harsher.

For example: "C'est pas trop tôt putain ! 3 heures que je t'attends !" (Fuckin' hell, finally! I have been waiting you for 3 hours!)


↓ Example in a story with translation ↓

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

Un achat important

An important purchase

LéaMarc, j'ai une nouvelle excitante pour toi !
Marc, I have some exciting news for you!
MarcQu'est-ce que c'est ?
What is it?
LéaTu ne vas pas me croire...
You won't believe me...
MarcAllez ! Ne me fais pas attendre ! Dis-moi !
Come on! Don't keep me waiting! Tell me!
LéaJ'ai enfin eu mon permis de conduire !
I finally got my driver license!
MarcFélicitations !
LéaAttends, ce n'est pas tout...
Wait, that's not all...
MarcIl y a autre chose ?
Is there anything else?
LéaOui ! J'ai acheté ma première voiture !
Yes! I bought my first car!
MarcWow ! C'est pas trop tôt !
Wow! It was about time!
LéaMerci ! Mais c'est vrai que ça a pris du temps...
Thank you! But it's true that it took some time...


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