"C'est clair !"

Translation:That is clear!

January 3, 2013



so apparently clair doesn't mean light any more

August 25, 2013


Clair means light when it comes to colours: bleu clair = light blue.

C'est clair means it is clear as in no dout or no pollution.

Clair also means bright when it comes to light: un chambre clair

Or temps clair as in no clouds

Clair simply has many meanings and nuances. The word covers a whole column in my french-french dictionary.

February 16, 2014


But here, it doesn't really mean "pure", or "fair" or "bright", it's in the metaphoric sense. C'est clair = it's obvious/There's no doubts (as the "no clouds" you said) There's an expression in French. "C'est clair comme de l'eau de roche." =It's crystal-clear, litterally, it's as clear water from the rock/as spring water, maybe that expression is from this one.

April 4, 2014


Can it also say it to mean that something is obvious, i.e. "It's clear that I am not fluent?"

April 7, 2015


Yes. Clair also means Manifest.

April 8, 2015


Can it also mean "of course"? In the same way as "det är klart" or "claro que si".

December 13, 2015


Yes. It's a bit familiar though.

May 31, 2016


Thank you for this :-)

June 14, 2017


why doesn't "claire" work?

January 3, 2013


It's gender bias in languages. In Spanish we say "está claro" on its own to convey that something is clear, an idea, a situation, etc. But if you say "está clara" on its own you are most likely referring to the lightness or brightness of something. I guess it is the same in French.

February 7, 2013


No. There's no equivalent to " "está clara" in French. You can't skip the "c'est" in French, so, it will always be masculine.

April 4, 2014


But "Claire" exists in French alson, yes?, or "Clair" is for both?

July 23, 2014


The adjective "claire" exists for feminine nouns yes.

May 31, 2016


Could this not also mean "it's light" (as in colour)? If something is a light colour, would you ever say, "c'est léger"?

July 14, 2013


i think léger has to do with lightness in material/weight

September 4, 2013


Yes, léger/légère means "light" as in weight.

November 10, 2013


Yes, so it's not a synonym for "clair".

April 4, 2014


You can't. Because "c'est clair" is an expression. And anyway "léger" and "clair" are very different in their meaning.

April 4, 2014


a better translation for it's obvious is il est évident

September 4, 2013


Not "il est évident", the correct form is "C'est évident!" Oui, "c'est clair" can mean "c'est évident" (obvious), it can also be used when you want to show your approval after a statement.

Stéphane: Il ne fait pas beau aujourd'hui!

Lucie: C'est clair!

April 4, 2014


"C'est claire" should ALSO work.....!!!!!

September 19, 2013


No. It's an invariable expression (read above) and the masculine is always used with "c'est".

April 4, 2014


Could this be translated as "Obviously" ?

June 18, 2015



September 11, 2015


I put down, "I understand" and got it wrong. I was thinking of someone giving you instructions about how to do something, then saying, "C'est clair?" As in, is it clear? And me responding, "Oui, c'est clair." Or , yes, it is clear. Or yes, I am following you, or yes, "I understand"

June 6, 2016


It works for this meaning, but "I understand" is too far away from the original sentence. Just use "It's clear".

June 6, 2016


C'est Clair = That is Sure?

February 11, 2016


Could this sentence also be used to say an area is clear of danger?

March 30, 2016


No, we would rather use the adjectives "libre" or "dégagé".

May 31, 2016


I'm sorry you can't say this is light or this is bright - but you can say this is pale? How come?

February 6, 2014


No. When you say "c'est clair!" it means "it's obvious", it's metaphorical. If you want to say "Ce tissu est clair" (this cloth is pale", it's another thing...)

April 4, 2014


Is there a difference in pronunciation from "clair" and "claire?"

July 1, 2014



May 31, 2016


Is there a way to differentiate between 'that is clear' and 'this is clear' ?

December 27, 2014


No. Not to my knowledge. Context and interpretation may give guidance sometimes.

December 29, 2014


Sounds like c'est claire ?

October 29, 2015


They are both pronounced the same, Clair and Claire. Please tell me if you know differently.

October 29, 2015


Well, I was given the audio exercise, and I wrote c'est claire. Duo says c'est claire is wrong. I just wanted to know if it was a mistake on my part or duo's.

October 29, 2015


Ah, I understand. The French (and all Romanic) language always defaults to Masculine when the gender is either unknown or mixed. So we can say She is clear=Elle est clairE and He is clear=Il est clair. But this sentence is unspecified so we must default to masculine because we don't and can't know grammatically what gender Ce\this/that/it actually is This is why Duo marked ClairE wrong, which is incorrect here. Does this help?

October 29, 2015


Kind of. But I don't see why in a audio exercise claire should not be accepted. Okay, there is no context. But, it is not grammatically incorrect.

October 30, 2015


I believe the point is that "c'est claire" would technically be grammatically incorrect because "c'est clair" is an impersonal/general expression in which the gender is unspecified. And according to French grammar, when tbe gender is unspecified, you default ro masculine.

The context in this case is supposedly your knowledge of the language ;)

June 4, 2017


Can "c'est" be both "ça + est" and "ce + est" ?

June 4, 2017


Could you use this sentence to say that an order from a boss or a superior is understood? Example: Yes sir, I understand. or Yes sir, that is clear.

June 27, 2017


Lamas it would be colloquially usual to say D'accord. Or just Oui.

June 27, 2017


Thanks Jack.

June 28, 2017


heh. it is funny when the list of words to pick from on mobile has both [that] and [That] - have you guys considered maybe removing case from list of words? For one thing it is kind of a huge clue

September 1, 2017


Not confused but her prononciation made "clair" sound like a 2- syllable word

October 10, 2017


DL just accepted 'The soup is thin' but then rejects 'It is thin' ??

January 13, 2018


Is this used the same as the German "alles klar"?

January 16, 2018


What's wrong with C'est claire!

January 27, 2018


Duo assumes that 'ce' is masculine. 'Claire' to describe a feminine object. 'Clair' to describe a masculine object.

April 5, 2018


That is utterly UNclear.

March 27, 2018


How do I know if this statement is feminine or masculine as c'est could mean he or she is :/

May 18, 2018


Why "that" instead of "this"? I wrote "This is clear" and it is not accepted

June 13, 2018


"C'est clair ! " why can I not decide it is femine?

January 25, 2019
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