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C'est a n'y pas croire

What does this mean and can anyone explain the sentence structure?

November 12, 2017



Grammar 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.


That is very helpful thank you.


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.


I'm just looking for an explaination of the sentence structure


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

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