Croire Expressions

Believable French Phrases

French expressions with croire
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The French verb croire, “to believe,” is found in many idiomatic expressions, including to think so, to make no mistake, and to take someone’s word for it. Learn these and dozens of other French expressions featuring croire.

Croire translations

  • to assume
  • to believe
  • to consider
  • to think

Croire expressions

croire à   to believe (that something exists)
croire en   to believe in, have faith in  (learn more)
croire préférable de + infinitive   to think it preferable to
croire que …   to believe that…
croire que non   to not think so
croire que oui   to think so
croire que si   to think so (in reponse to a negative)
croire qqch dur comme fer (informal)   to be absolutely convinced of something
À croire que…   You’d think…
à l’en croire   to hear him tell it, if you were to believe him
Aurais-tu cru ça de lui ?   Would you have believed that of him?
C’est à croire que…   You’d think…
C’est à n’y pas croire !   It’s unbelievable!
Croyez-en mon expérience   Take it from me
Croyez-m’en   Believe me
Croyez-moi   Believe me
Faut croire que… (informal)   It would seem/appear that…
Faut pas croire ! (informal)   Make no mistake about it!
Il est à croire que… (formal)   It is to be supposed/presumed that…
je l’ai cru sur parole   I took his word for it
Je n’arrive pas à croire que …   I just can’t believe …
Je n’en crois rien   I don’t believe a word of it
Je n’en croyais pas mes oreilles/yeux   I couldn’t believe my ears/eyes
Je ne suis pas celle que vous croyez !   I’m not that kind of person!
Je te / vous crois ! (informal)   You bet!
Je veux bien le croire   I can well believe it
le croira qui voudra   believe it or not
On croirait…   It looks/sounds/seems like, You’d think it was…
On croit rêver ! (informal)   I can hardly believe it!
On l’a cru mort   He was believed to be dead.
Où vous croyez-vous ?   Where do you think you are?
Si vous m’en croyez   If you want my opinion
Tu crois ?   Think so?
Tu crois pas ? (informal)   Don’t think so?
Tu ne crois pas si bien dire !   You don’t know how right you are!
Tu ne peux pas croire …   You can’t begin to imagine …
Veuillez croire à… (formal)   Yours sincerely (business letter formula)
Voir, c’est croire.   Seeing is believing.
Vous pouvez m’en croire   Take it from me
se croire   to think/believe oneself (to be), to feel as if
se croire tout permis   to think one can get away with anything
Il s’y croit (informal)   He thinks he’s really something.
Qu’est-ce qu’il se croit ?   Who does he think he is?

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