Faire confiance (à) = To trust

Look at these sentences expressing trust in French:

Je fais confiance à mes amis.
I trust my friends.

Sarah ne faisait pas confiance à Thomas.
Sarah didn't use to trust Thomas.

Nous ne faisons pas confiance à cet homme.
We don't trust this man.

 

Note that to express trust in French, you use the expression faire confiance à (literally: to make trust to).

Note also that when using this expression with object pronouns me/te/lui/nous/vous/leur (I trust you, him, them...), you place the pronoun before faire.

Je lui fais complètement confiance.
I trust him/her completely.

Tu ne devrais pas leur faire confiance.
You shouldn't trust them.

Je te fais confiance.
I trust you.

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Examples and resources

Tu ne devrais pas leur faire confiance.
You shouldn't trust them.


Je te fais confiance.
I trust you.


Sarah ne faisait pas confiance à Thomas.
Sarah didn't use to trust Thomas.


Je fais confiance à mes amis.
I trust my friends.


Je lui fais complètement confiance.
I trust him/her completely.


Nous ne faisons pas confiance à cet homme.
We don't trust this man.


Q&A

John

Kwiziq community member

31 July 2018

1 reply

Include other forms

I feel this lesson should include or at least link to other forms like fais-moi confiance or ne lui fais pas confiance. Trust no one! Don't trust your friends! I think we use those more.

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

15 August 2018

15/08/18

Hi John,

Do you mean adding some examples in the Imperative?

Nicholas

Kwiziq community member

12 May 2017

1 reply

"Tu fais confiance à moi" is wrong? How so?

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

15 May 2017

15/05/17

Bonjour Nicholas ! In the case of indirect objects - complements to the verb introduced by a preposition "à" or "de" - following the pattern "à + stress pronoun", in French they need to be replaced altogether by indirect object pronouns: "me, te, lui, nous, vous, leur". Here are links to our related lessons: https://progress.lawlessfrench.com/revision/grammar/when-to-use-me-te-nous-and-vous-as-me-you-us-and-you-direct-and-indirect-object-pronouns https://progress.lawlessfrench.com/revision/grammar/when-to-use-lui-and-leur-to-replace-specific-people-with-him-her-and-them-indirect-object-pronouns I hope that's helpful! À bientôt !

Stevie

Kwiziq community member

13 February 2017

2 replies

"Sarah didn't use to trust ..." is poor English.

The correct form is "Sarah used not to trust ...".

Stevie

Kwiziq community member

13 February 2017

13/02/17

... though I appreciate that not many people form their sentences so elegantly :)

Debra

Kwiziq community member

5 March 2017

5/03/17

Yes your correct form is correct and circumvents the raging arguments between the other informal ways. But this grammar is changing especially in spoken language. News presenters now say different to, different than, etc. And the lines between less and fewer are use to getting more blurrier every day and I can't get useta that.

steve

Kwiziq community member

6 September 2016

2 replies

The translation for the third item should read... Sarah didn't used to trust Thomas

Laura

Kwiziq language super star

6 September 2016

6/09/16

Bonjour Steve, Thanks for your comment, but you're mistaken. "Didn't" is already in the past tense, so must be followed by the base form of the verb "use," just as we say "didn't want" and "didn't like" and not xx"didn't wanted"xx and xx"didn't liked"xx

Sandra

Kwiziq community member

20 September 2016

20/09/16

I am no grammarian, but use and used to in my mind don't mean the same thing and aren't pronounced the same way with "ed" at the end, depending on usage. We don't "use trust", we trust. Used to is past tense in my mind. Use is a verb for utility, like I use a knife to cut. Or I used a knife yesterday. But it's pronounced differently to show past tense, not utility. I used to trust Thomas. or I didn't used to trust Thomas, but now I do. Strange sounding to my ear. Guess I am wrong by rules of grammar!

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