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French expression: C'est pas vrai

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January 28, 2011 at 11:06 am
(1) Henri says:

Good evening Miss

If you permit me “c’est pas vrai” coming from the children language for a violent contestation, and dropping “ne” (c’est pas vrai, c’est pas moi!) is an expression wich, in french, has remplaced another (always informal) exlamation : “Pas possible !”ou “c’est pas possible!” for express that something is too much : is too much bad ! or is too much beautifull, (extraordinary), is too much good luck or the contrary: too much bad luck for me !
“c’est pas vrai ! je n’ai vraiment pas de chance !”
“C’est pas vrai ! quelle chance !”

January 28, 2011 at 7:08 pm
(2) curmad says:

We cajuns use it just as described by you.

We might also mean “Really?” or perhaps “Incredible!!”


January 30, 2011 at 8:50 am
(3) Henri says:

To curmad
The traduction by “incredible” (unexpectable, wayward, unforseenable) is quite exact, but only in point of view litteral. With note of exclamation is a popular expression to say a mixt of incredulity and surprise, near of irritation, nerviness, impatience, annoyance, aggravation, unbearable or intolerance near of the anger, often with big oathes !

My grand-mother was utilising another expression to mark when she was annoyed : “But, what I make to the Great God to have merited so children!” She could say “C’est pas vrai!” but it doesn’t exist yet !
In the contrary sense, with a joy sentiment when the surprise was extraodinarly good and happy, they say; “c’est pas vrai !” in sense : “it’s too happy, too beautiful, so inexpected, so unhoped !”

March 18, 2014 at 9:37 am
(4) Serge says:

I think this expression highlights the different relationship that people have with truth in Anglo-Saxon cultures than in Latin ones. In English, it sounds much stronger to accuse someone of lying, so that you couldn’t say “that’s not true” instead of “you’re kidding”.

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