Fais voir

Fais voir
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French Expression

Meaning Let me see (it), Show me
Literally Make seen
Register informal
Pronunciation [feh vwar]
IPA   [fɛ vwaʁ]

Usage notes: The French expression fais voir is useful for asking to see something, whether or not that item is currently in view.

Par exemple…

– Ouaou, regarde ce site !
– Fais voir.
  – Wow, look at this site!
– Show me.
– Je ne trouve pas la réponse dans ce livre.
– Fais voir.
  – I can’t find the answer in this book.
– Let me see (give me the book).
– J’ai mis mes nouvelles vêtements dans le placard.
– Fais voir.
  – I put my new clothes in the closet.
– Show me (let’s go take a look).

If you’re not reponding immediately but are instead referring back to something that was mentioned earlier, you can name the thing you want to see, in which case you need also to include an indirect object pronoun.

Fais-moi voir le site.   Let me see the site (that you mentioned earlier).
Fais-moi voir le livre.   Let me see the book (you’re talking about).
Fais-nous voir les vêtements.   Let us see the clothes (you just bought).

Plural and/or formal variations

  • faites voir
  • faites-moi voir …

 Grammar point: Fais voir is the tu imperative of faire (to do, make) plus the infinitive voir (to see). The construction faire + infinitive is known as the causative.

Synonyms

  • montre-le-moi / montrez-le-moi
  • laisse-moi regarder / laissez-moi regarder

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