Essential French Word

Sound file: soit

Register #1: normal

Part of speech: conjunction

Translation: that is, for example

Je vous ai envoyé les détails essentiels, soit le transport, l’hôtel, et cetera.
I sent you the important details, for example transportation, the hotel, etc.

Emphatic conjunction: soit … soit

Translation: either … or

Soit l’un, soit l’autre, ça m’est égal.
One or the other, I don’t care.

Tu peux avoir soit le rouge, soit le vert.
You can have either the red one or the green one.

Register #2: formal

Part of speech: adverb

Translation: so be it, very well then

Célianne veut partir ? Alors, soit, qu’elle parte.
Célianne wants to leave? Very well then, let her leave.

 Note that soit is also the third person singular subjunctive of être (to be).

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