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French Expressions with Savoir

Idiomatic French expressions

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The French verb savoir literally means "to know" and is also used in many idiomatic expressions. Learn how to say knowledge is power, make up your mind, God only knows, and more with this list of expressions with savoir.

Possible meanings of savoir
Expressions with savoir

à savoir
that is, namely, i.e.

(à) savoir si ça va lui plaire!
there's no knowing whether he'll like it or not!

savoir bien
to know very well, be very aware of/that

savoir bien se défendre
to be quite capable of looking after oneself

savoir, c'est pouvoir
knowledge is power

savoir écouter
to be a good listener

savoir gré à quelqu'un de + past infinitive
to be grateful to someone for...

savoir quelque chose de/par quelqu'un
to hear something from someone

ne pas savoir que/quoi faire pour...
to be at a loss as to how to...

ne plus savoir ce qu'on dit
to not know/realize what one is saying, to not be aware of what one is saying

ne savoir à quel saint se vouer
to not know which way to turn

ne savoir aucun gré à quelqu'un de + past infinitive
to not be at all grateful to someone for...

ne savoir où donner de la tête
to not know whether one is coming or going

ne savoir où se mettre
to not know where to put oneself

se savoir + adjective
to know that oneself is + adjective


Ça, je sais (le) faire
Now that I can do

Ça finira bien par se savoir
It'll get out in the end

Ça se saurait si c'était vrai
If it were true people would know about it

Ces explications ont su éclairer et rassurer
These explanations proved both enlightening and reassuring

C'est difficile à savoir
It's hard to know

croire tout savoir
to think that one knows everything/knows it all

Dieu sait pourquoi...
God knows why...

Dieu sait si...
God knows how (much)...

Dieu seul le sait
God only knows

en savoir trop (long)
to know too much

et que sais-je encore
and I don't know what else

faire savoir à quelqu'un que...
to inform someone, let someone know that...

Faudrait savoir ! (informal)
make up your mind, it's about time we knew

Il a toujours su y faire/s'y prendre
He's always known how to do things (the right way)

Il faut savoir attendre
You have to learn to be patient/to wait

Il faut savoir se contenter de peu
You have to learn to be content with little

il n'a rien voulu savoir
he didn't want to know

Il ne sait ni A ni B
He doesn't have a clue about anything

Il ne sait pas ce qu'il veut
He doesn't know what he wants, he doesn't know his own mind

Il ne sait rien de rien
He doesn't have a clue about anything

Il y a je ne sais combien de temps que...
It's been I don't know how long since, I don't how long it is/it has been since...

Je crois savoir que ...
I believe/understand that ..., I am led to believe/understand that ...

Je n'en sais rien
I don't know, I have no idea

Je ne sache pas que...
I wasn't aware/I didn't know that...

je ne sais où
goodness knows where

Je ne sais plus ce que je dis
I no longer know what I'm saying

je ne sais quoi de + adj
something (odd, familiar, etc)

Je ne saurais pas vous répondre/vous renseigner
I'm afraid I can't answer you/give you any information

Je ne saurais vous exprimer toute ma gratitude (formal)
I shall never be able to express my gratitude

Je ne savais quoi (or que) dire/faire
I didn't know what to say/do

Je ne veux pas le savoir (informal)
I don't want to know

J'en sais quelque chose (informal)
I can relate to that

Je sais bien, mais ...
I know, but ...

Je sais ce que je sais
I know what I know

Je voudrais en savoir davantage
I'd like to know more about it

Monsieur, Madame, Mademoiselle je-sais-tout (informal)
smart-alec, know-it-all

l'objet que vous savez
you-know-what

On ne sait jamais
You never know

Oui, mais sachez que...
Yes, but you should know that...

pas que je sache
not as far as I know, not to my knowledge

la personne que vous savez
you-know-who

pleurer tout ce qu'on savait (informal)
to cry for all one is worth, to cry one's eyes out

pour autant que je sache
as far as I know, to the best of my knowledge

que je sache
as far as I know, to the best of my knowledge

Qu'en savez-vous?
How do you know? What do you know about it?

Qui sait ?
Who knows?

Sachez (bien) que jamais je n'accepterai !
I'll have you know/Let me tell you I will never accept!

Sachons-le bien, si ...
Let's be quite clear, if ...

sans le savoir
without knowing/realizing (it), unknowingly, unwittingly

si j'avais su
had I known, if I had known

Tout ce que vous avez toujours voulu savoir sur...
Everything you've always wanted to know about...

Tu en sais, des choses (informal)
you certainly know a thing or two, don't you!

tu sais (interjection)
you know

Tu sais quoi ? (informal)
You know what ?

Vous n'êtes pas sans savoir que... (formal)
You are not unaware/ignorant (of the fact) that...

Vous savez la nouvelle ?
Have you heard/Do you know the news?


le savoir
learning, knowledge

le savoir-être
interpersonal skills

le savoir-faire
know-how, expertise

le savoir-vivre
manners


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