All about the French phrase "Passe à autre chose"

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How to pronounce?

Slow pronunciation

Normal pronunciation

What does it mean exactly?


The literal meaning is:

  • Passer → To pass
  • À → To
  • Autre → Other
  • Chose → Thing

This is a sentence French people are using as an advice to someone for moving on to something else.

To be more precise, it’s encouraging someone to forgive or stop thinking about a tough situation like a breakup, divorce, failure, etc. But you can also use it more casually after a misunderstanding to ask someone to forget about what just happened.

How to use

Scenario 1: your best friend went through a breakup and he/she is still suffering from it, you can advise him/her for example: “Passe à autre chose, c’est du passé” (Move on, it’s the past)

Scenario 2: you made a funny mistake while talking. Everybody laughed, then the conversation moved to another topic. But someone is still making fun of it and it annoys you, you can use: “C’est bon, passe à autre chose, on a compris” (Ok we got it, move on).

In both scenarios, just using “passe à autre chose” without anything else is fine too.


  • Passe à d’autres choses. (“Move on to other things“)(Plural)
  • Passez à autre chose. (“Move on“)(Formal)
  • Tourner la page. (“To turn the page“)
  • Tourne la page. (“Turn the page“)
  • Tournez la page. (“Turn the page“)(Formal)

Audio dialogue example

Audio dialogue by French natives

Dialogue audio

Dialogue transcription

” Elle m’a quitté… “
” She dumped me… “
” Passe à autre chose, le meilleur est à venir. “
” Move on, the best is yet to come. “
” Oui, tu as raison ! “
” Yes, you’re right! “
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