I was wondering what the French translation of "indeed" would be, as a one-word exclamation

What a beautiful goal!


Would it be "en effet" or "effectivement"?

Quel beau but!

En effect! / Effectivement!

  • Do you consider "en effet" as a one-word exclamation? Aug 27 '16 at 13:21

"Indeed" is quite formal in English so to keep the same tone, a good translation would be:

  • En effet !

In casual spoken French, you are more likely to hear:

  • Oui !
  • C'est vrai !
  • Absolument !

and other similar replies, including even:

  • Tout à fait, Thierry !

Without irony, you can use



en effet

It seems to me that the first one denotes a little higher language level, and is used more rarely in casual conversations. But this highly depends on the tone.

A modified version, close in pronunciation, is written:


and is being used too, from the gimmick of a caricature of famous persons in TV shows (see here for instance).

Other options could be possible, like

Carrément !


Tu m'étonnes

C'est clair

Similar expressions in English include:

I'd say

You bet

Too right

Tell me about it

Do not forget the space before the ! sign in French.

If you use it with some irony or doubt, you could say:

Vraiment ?

Eh bien !

  • ...another variant you might want to add, since you started a catalog : Grave ! (casual register) Aug 27 '16 at 13:18
  • @Romain VALERI C'est trop ça ! (heard from my teenage cousin) Aug 27 '16 at 13:20
  • 1
    Indeed is formal register. Many of the ones in the list above are slang.
    – Lambie
    Aug 27 '16 at 15:17

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