Au fait

Au fait, la pâtisserie fait faillite
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French Expression

Meaning by the way, get to the point, informed
Literally to the fact
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Pronunciation [o feht]
IPA   [o fɛt]

Usage notes: In French, the expression au fait is most often an interjection meaning "by the way":

Par exemple…

Au fait, tu savais que la pâtisserie fait faillite ?   By the way, did you know that the cake shop is going bankrupt?
Bonjour Christine. Au fait, ton frère m’a invité à dîner ce soir.   Hello Christine. By the way, your brother invited me to have dinner tonight.

Another meaning of au fait is “get to the point”:

Au fait !   Get to the point (already)!
Il est allé droit au fait.   He got straight to the point.

It’s less common than au courant de, but au fait de means "informed about" or "conversant with."

Tout le monde est au fait de cette législation ?   Everyone is conversant with this legislation?
Il m’a mis au fait de l’affaire.   He informed me of the facts of the matter.

  When au fait is used in English, it has the final meaning.

I’m not really au fait with this topic.

  Note: Despite its seeming similarity, the expression en fait has an entirely different meaning.

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