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Could you also explain how To use avoir beau

deeplaxmi p.A2Kwiziq community member

Could you also explain how To use avoir beau

How  and when to use avoir beau 


Asked 4 years ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Deeplaxmi,

The expression 'avoir beau faire' is a beautiful one to use. 

It means -

Whatever you do..., try as you may...,

Here are a few examples of its usage -

On a beau tout le temps le corriger, il continue à faire la même erreur = No matter how many times we correct him he continues to make the same mistake  

Vous aurez beau faire, vous n'y arriverez pas Try as you may, you won't be able to do it 

On a beau dire, la vie est agréable sur cette île Whatever you/people think/say, life is very pleasant on this island.

I hope these examples will enable you to use it in speech.

Chris W.C1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Do you main faire beau, as in Il fait beau aujourd'hui -- It's nice weather today? I don't know about avoir beau.

Alan G.C1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

"avoir beau faire" means, roughly, to do something in vain. There's a good explanation here:

https://french.yabla.com/lesson-Avoir-Beau-946

There's a well-known Jacques Brel song, Le Prochain Amour that starts:

On a beau faire, on a beau dire

Qu'un homme averti en vaut deux

On a beau faire, on a beau dire

Ça fait du bien d'être amoureux

I'm not entirely sure what the question is. If you're asking how to combine that with "après avoir fait", I suppose you can just say "après avoir beau faire".

chris w.C1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

In case anyone is struggling with the Brel lyric as I was, here is a translation from t'internet:

Whatever we do, even if the saying goes

'Forewarned is forearmed' ( An experienced [wary]man is worth two)

Whatever we do, whatever we say,

It feels good to be in love.

Whatever we do, even if the saying goes 'Forewarned is forearmed' Whatever we do, whatever we say 1 It feels good to be in love.https://lyricstranslate.comBut whatever we do, and even if the saying goes 'Forewarned is forearmed' Whatever we do, whatever we say It feels good to be in love.https://lyricstranslate.com
chris w.C1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

In case anyone is struggling with the Brel lyric as I was, here is a translation from t'internet:

Whatever we do, even if the saying goes

'Forewarned is forearmed' ( An experienced [wary]man is worth two)

Whatever we do, whatever we say,

It feels good to be in love.

Whatever we do, even if the saying goes 'Forewarned is forearmed' Whatever we do, whatever we say 1 It feels good to be in love.https://lyricstranslate.comBut whatever we do, and even if the saying goes 'Forewarned is forearmed' Whatever we do, whatever we say It feels good to be in love.https://lyricstranslate.com

Could you also explain how To use avoir beau

How  and when to use avoir beau 


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