Ce n'est pas grave

French expressions analyzed and explained

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Expression: Ce n'est pas grave

Pronunciation: [s(eu) nay pa grav]

Meaning: it doesn't matter, don't worry about it, it's OK, no problem, never mind

Literal translation: it's not serious

Register: normal

Notes: The French expression ce n'est pas grave is a way of brushing off something that was just said or done, and the French use it all the time, in all kinds of situations, such as responding to apologies, clearing up misunderstandings, or letting others know that they're unhurt after, for example, falling off a bike.

Informally, it's pronounced c'est pas grave (learn more).

Examples

   -Ma voiture est en panne.
   -Ce n'est pas grave, on peut prendre la mienne.

   -My car broke down.
   -It doesn't matter, we can take mine.

   -Pardon, j'ai oublié de l'acheter.
   -C'est pas grave.

   -Sorry, I forgot to buy it.
   -No problem.

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