Common French Word: Comme

two men talking outdoors in cold weather

The French word comme can be a conjunction, adverb, or part of an adverbial phrase and is one of the most common French words and is used in a number of common expressions.

Comme As a conjunction

Comme is a French subordinating conjunction meaning "as" or "since":

   Il est arrivé comme je commençais à manger
   He arrived as I was starting to eat

   Comme il n'est pas là, je vais le faire
   Since he's not here, I'm going to do it

Comme is commonly used in comparisons to mean "like" or "as":

   Pensent-ils comme nous ?

   Do they think like/as we do?

   C'est une excuse comme une autre
   It's as good an excuse as any

Comme As an Exclamative Adverb

As an exclamative adverb, comme means "how" or "so":

   Comme tu es grand !
   You're so tall!

   Comme il fait beau !
   How beautiful the weather is!

Comme Plus an Adjective

Comme plus an adjective means that something/someone seems to be that adjective:

   Il était comme fou
   He was acting crazy

   Elle est comme désorientée
   She seems bewildered

Comme Tout

Comme tout plus an adjective means "so (adjective)" or "as (adjective) as can be":

   C'est facile comme tout
   It's as easy as can be

   Il est sympa comme tout
   He's so nice

Comme Si

Comme si means "as if" or "as though":

   Il m'a parlé comme si rien ne s'était passé
   He talked to me as if nothing had happened

   Ce n'est pas comme si je suis riche !
   It's not as though I'm rich!