Tant Mieux

French expressions analyzed and explained

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Expression: Tant mieux

Pronunciation: [ta(n) myeu]

Meaning: that's a good thing, it's just as well, even better, all the better, so much the better

Literal translation: so much better

Register: normal

Notes: The French expression tant mieux is an easy way to say that you're pleased about something or for someone.


   Tant mieux pour lui.
   Good for him.

   -La fête est annulée.
   -Tant mieux, je n'avais pas vraiment envie d'y aller.

   -The party's cancelled.
   -It's just as well, I didn't really feel like going.

   -Ce fromage est délicieux.
   -Oui, et en plus il est allégé.
   -Tant mieux !

   -This cheese is delicious.
   -Yes, and it's low fat, too.
   -Even better!


tant pis - too bad, never mind

Reader Comment

"This reminds me of a fantastic (mis)translation that went the round at my old school (50 years ago) for tant pis, tant mieux: 'My aunt, having relieved herself, felt a good deal better.' " - Perry


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