Grâce à

Grâce à - French expression
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Essential French Expression

Meaningthanks to
Registernormal
PronunciationFrench sound files [grah sah]
IPA  [gʁa sa]

Usage notes: When you want to credit someone or something for a positive situation or event, use the French expression grâce à.

Par exemple…

Grâce à elle, j’ai réussi à résoudre le problème. Thanks to her, I managed to resolve the problem.
Grâce à son intervention, on a abouti à une solution. Thanks to his intervention, we arrived at a solution.
Grâce à Dieu ! Thank God!

Use c’est in front of grâce à to say "it’s thanks to…"

Par exemple…

C’est grâce à vous que nous sommes tombés amoureux. It’s thanks to you that we fell in love.
Si je suis accepté à la Sorbonne, c’est grâce à ton soutien. If I’m accepted at the Sorbonne, it’s thanks to your support.

  Remember that à + definite article le or les = required contraction:

Par exemple…

Grâce aux strictes mesures de sécurité, nous avons fait diminuer la criminalité par 75 %. Thanks to strict security measures, we reduced crime by 75%.
C’est grâce au dépistage que j’ai découvert mon cancer. It’s thanks to the screening that I discovered my cancer.

Antonym: à cause de – to blame for something negative

French lesson plans Grâce à in action

Examples of grâce à in real-life videos from Lawless French Immersion:

… notamment grâce à la Révolution française de 1789 … … in large part thanks to the French Revolution of 1789 …
Video: The French Republican School
   
Ce pays est l’un des plus riches du monde, grâce au pétrole. This is one of the richest countries in the world, thanks to petroleum.
Video: What is the PSG?
   
[C]’est très facile de passer un weekend avec sa famille grâce aux compagnies low-cost. [I]t’s very easy to spend a weekend with your family thanks to low-cost companies.
Video: Study Abroad Tips and Advice

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