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“OUI” or “SI” ?

September 8, 2012

Though the usual translation of “yes” in French is “oui”, there are a few situations in which “oui” will be replaced by “si”.

“Si” is used to contradict a negation. In other words, to say “yes”, when someone…

  •  says “no”.

– C’est mon livre ! (- It’s my book !)
Non !
Oui Si !

  • … asks a negative question.

– Vous n’aimez pas le sport ? (- Don’t you like sport ?)
Oui Si, j’aime beaucoup le sport !

  • … makes a negative statement.

– Il n’est pas très intelligent. (- He’s not very intelligent.)
Oui Si, il est très intelligent !

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