C'est a n'y pas croire
What does this mean and can anyone explain the sentence structure?
- c'est = this/that/it is
- à croire --> passive infinitive (to be believed).
- c'est à croire ~ it is to be believed = that is "something" to be believed
- ne pas croire --> infinitive in the negative form
- à ne pas croire --> negative, passive infinitive
- croire à = to believe in (the existence of something)
- y --> pronoun used to replace "à" + something --> y croire
- n'y pas croire --> negative infinitive with an object (COI). It means "to not be able to believe something" ("Je n'y crois pas" is a common expression meaning "I can't believe it.")
- c'est à n'y pas croire = that is something that cannot be believed = it's unbelievable.
Roughly, it means "It is not believable".
In everyday language, for example, you might say "C'est a n'y pas croire!" when coming across something strange or unbelievable.
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Let me give it a try. We have: Il y a - there is, so Il n'y a pas -there is not, Il n'y a pas croire - there is no believing and: c'est - it is. So basically: It is that there is no believing. The "a" seems to be a flexibly used preposition.
this sentence means "amazing" (but french people usually don't use "incroyable")... it is not a real good construction. C'est = cela+est (it is) à n'y pas = à ne+pas+y (do not) croire = trust