C’est pas vrai !

C'est pas vrai !
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Informal French Expression

Meaning No way, I don’t believe it, You’re kidding
Literally That’s not true
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Pronunciation [say pah vreh]
IPA   [se pa vrɛ]

Usage notes: The French expression ce n’est pas vrai literally means "it / this / that isn’t true" (and is the grammatically correct way to say it).

Par exemple…

Céline m’a dit que tu étais déjà parti, mais je vois que ce n’est pas vrai.   Céline told me you’d already left, but I see that’s not true.
Ce n’est pas vrai qu’elle parle japonais.   It’s not true that she speaks Japanese.

Informally, c’est pas vrai (with typical informal negation) is used as interjection of surprise or disbelief.

– Nicholas et Marie-Lise vont divorcer.
– C’est pas vrai !
  – Nicholas and Marie-Lise are going to get divorced.
– No way!
– Ah mince, j’ai oublié mon portefeuille.
– C’est pas vrai !
  – Oh darn it, I forgot my wallet.
– You’re kidding!

Related expression: Je n’en reviens pas – "I can’t get over it"

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