Grâce à - French Expression Explained

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The French expression grâce à ​(pronounced [grah sa]) means "thanks to" in English and is used give someone or something credit for a positive event or situation. Its register is normal.


   Grâce à mon mari, j'ai une idée pour un livre.
   Thanks to my husband, I have an idea for a book.

   Grâce à ton assistance, il a fini le travail.
   Thanks to your help, he finished the work.

   Grâce à Dieu !

   Thank God!

To say "it's thanks to..." use c'est in front of grâce à:

   S'il a réussi à l'examen, c'est grâce à toi.
   If he passed the test, it's all thanks to you.

Remember that à followed by the definite article le or les must contract:

   C'est grâce au centre de loisirs que je sais utiliser Facebook.
   It's thanks to the leisure center that I know how to use Facebook.

   Grâce aux conseils de Pierre, nous avons trouvé la maison parfaite.
   Thanks to Pierre's advice, we found the perfect house.

Antonym: To blame someone or something for a negative event or situation, use the expression à cause de.

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