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Ça ne fait rien = It doesn't matter

Look at these examples:

- Désolé, j'ai cassé ton stylo.
- Oh, ça ne fait rien.
- Sorry, I broke your pen.
- Oh, it doesn't matter / it's no big deal / it's ok.

- Mince, j'ai oublié les oeufs!
- Ça ne fait rien, on va préparer autre chose.
- Damn, I forgot the eggs!
- It's no big deal, we're going to make something else.

- Je ne vais pas pouvoir venir.
Ça ne fait rien!
- I'm not going to be able to come.
- It's not a problem!

To say that It doesn't matter / It's no big deal / It's not a problem in French, you use the expression  Ça ne fait rien (literally: "it does nothing").

Though less commonly used, you can also use the more elegant Cela ne fait rien.
J'ai oublié de te rapporter tes lunettes !
- Cela ne fait rien, tu me les rendras plus tard.
I forgot to bring you your glasses!
- That's ok, you'll give them back to me later.
The ne is often dropped with ça in casual speech (cela is always used in elegant speech, where you never drop the ne): 
-> Ça fait rien.

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- Désolé, j'ai cassé ton stylo.
- Oh, ça ne fait rien.
- Sorry, I broke your pen.
- Oh, it doesn't matter / it's no big deal / it's ok.
- Mince, j'ai oublié les oeufs!
- Ça ne fait rien, on va préparer autre chose.
- Damn, I forgot the eggs!
- It's no big deal, we're going to make something else.
- Je ne vais pas pouvoir venir.
Ça ne fait rien!
- I'm not going to be able to come.
- It's not a problem!
J'ai oublié de te rapporter tes lunettes !
- Cela ne fait rien, tu me les rendras plus tard.
I forgot to bring you your glasses!
- That's ok, you'll give them back to me later.

Q&A Forum 3 questions, 5 answers

JubA2Kwiziq community member

"Ce n'est pas un problème" ?

In one of the test the question is:

"Désolé, j'ai oublié mon argent. - Oh, ________." Sorry, I forgot my money. -Oh, it's not a problem.

The correct answer given was «Ça ne fait rien.» 

Why couldn't i say "Ce n'est pas un problème" ?

Asked 4 weeks ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Jub,

You will use

'Ça ne fait rien '

for

It doesn't matter / It's not a big deal 

or even -

Ce n'est pas grave 

rather than 'ce n'est pas un problème'.

Expressions using the word 'problème' include -

Pas de problème!  Sans problème! = No problem! 

or 

Ce n'est pas mon problème It is not my problem

Hope this helps!

 

ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

You can, of course, say one of a hundred replies that would all be right. It's just that the lesson is about the particular phrase ça ne fait rien. So you're supposed to train that phrase.

Jub asked:View original

"Ce n'est pas un problème" ?

In one of the test the question is:

"Désolé, j'ai oublié mon argent. - Oh, ________." Sorry, I forgot my money. -Oh, it's not a problem.

The correct answer given was «Ça ne fait rien.» 

Why couldn't i say "Ce n'est pas un problème" ?

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HelenB2Kwiziq community member

Pas problème ...pourquoi pas?

Asked 11 months ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Helen,

Pas de problème!   is  - No problems!  in English and is very familiar. 

'Ça ne fait rien' is a more polite way of expressing the same emotion.

Hope this helps!

HelenB2Kwiziq community member

Thanks. It is good to know how to be polite.

Pas problème ...pourquoi pas?

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JohnC1Kwiziq community member

why not accept "cela ne fait rien"

Asked 2 years ago
AurélieKwiziq team member
Bonjour John ! Thank you for this useful remark ! Indeed, you can use "cela ne fait rien" in a more elegant way, however you will not be able to say "cela fait rien" as the omission of "ne" occurs in casual speech, and "cela" is used in elegant speech :) I've now edited the lesson and questions accordingly! Merci beaucoup et à bientôt !

why not accept "cela ne fait rien"

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