Prendre une décision

Prendre une décision
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Essential French Expression

Meaning to make a decision
Literally to take a decision
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Pronunciation French sound files [pra(n) droon day see zyo(n)]
IPA   [pʀã dryn de si zjɔ̃]

Usage notes: While most English speakers make decisions, the French take decisions with the expression prendre une décision.

  You cannot say faire une décision. Chez les Français, decisions exist and one must be chosen, rather than created out of thin air.


  • prendre la décision – to make the decision
  • prendre cette décision – to make this/that decision
  • prendre décisions – to make decisions
  • prendre quelques décisions – to make some decisions

Par exemple…

Tu dois prendre une décision !   You need to make a decision!
Je prends une dizaine de décisions importantes tous les jours.   I make about ten important decisions every day.
Je ne suis pas d’accord avec la personne qui a pris cette décision.   I don’t agree with the person who made this decision.
La décision a été prise par le conseil.   The decision was made by the council.

Synonym: décider – to decide

  • décider de (faire) – to decide to (do)
  • décider que – to decide that
  • décider si – to decide whether

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