When can “si” be used

JamesA2Kwiziq community member

When can “si” be used

Bonjour! Could the interviewer have answered “si, vraiment” when James said “n’importe quoi”? Also, I infer that “n’importe quoi” is something you’d say when trying to be humble. What’s a good equivalent in English? I don’t exactly understand the expression. Merci!

Asked 2 months ago
MaartenC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

In this case, the use of 'n'importe quoi' was as an exclamation/interjection - similar to English using 'nonsense/rubbish/not really'. There was no question, but in informal speech you may well hear "(mais) si, vraiment/c'est vrai" in response, where in this transcript the simple 'non, vraiment' is used. Remember 'n'importe quoi' is not just an interjection and does not only translate as "nonsense"; in a statement it is also used to mean similar to "no matter what/anything".

JimC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Hi James

N'importe quoi ___ whatever! but not in a dismissive sense.

Bonne continuation

Jim 

ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

N'importe quoi can often be translates as something like "nonesense". In the exercise you refer to, the interviewer could have replied Si.

When can “si” be used

Bonjour! Could the interviewer have answered “si, vraiment” when James said “n’importe quoi”? Also, I infer that “n’importe quoi” is something you’d say when trying to be humble. What’s a good equivalent in English? I don’t exactly understand the expression. Merci!

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