Trust you to be punctual, turning up well into a meeting!

This colloquial expression is used here to point out sarcastically that he has arrived with typical punctuality; he can be predictably trusted to be always late for an appointment.

This is where AmE speakers might say "Leave it to you to be punctual, ..." instead, I suppose? How do French speakers commonly express this idea?

  • I guess you mean "he can be predictably trusted to be always early for an appointment" ? There is a bit of a contradiction with the example.
    – Greg
    Aug 24 '18 at 11:27
  • @Greg No, that is the opposite! This is a sarcastic statement, as indicated by the words in italics. :) This colloquial expression is almost always used to refer to someone's chronic bad habit. Aug 24 '18 at 11:42

Some common phrases may express the same idea:

Comme d'habitude

Comme toujours

Fidèle à toi/vous/lui/elle-même

Fidèle à ma/ta/sa réputation

So in your example:

Comme d'habitude, tu es à l'heure

Comme toujours, tu es à l'heure

Fidèle à toi-même, tu es à l'heure

Fidèle à ta réputation, tu es à l'heure

The first two are more common, the last two are more "sophisticated", and may be used with a sarcastic tone (especially if used to point out a negative habit with some irony).

  • Aussi: Je vois qu'on peut toujours compter toi pour être à l'heure !
    – jlliagre
    Aug 24 '18 at 11:27
  • @jlliagre Yes, something along those lines. I was wondering if French speakers use some fixed structure for this, just like "Trust you to ..." in English. Aug 24 '18 at 11:50
  • There is also ...on peut te faire confiance pour... which is close to your first sentence.
    – jlliagre
    Aug 24 '18 at 11:55
  • I strongly doubt à l'heure prévue would be understood as being sarcastic. Maybe tu te pointes à l'heure qui te plait, trente minutes... or tu débarques comme ça, trente minutes après...
    – jlliagre
    Sep 1 '18 at 23:43
  • @jlliagre Sorry, I haven't made myself perfectly clear. What I wanted to ask you is whether the two phrases in bold work well as the equivalents of the idiomatic English expression "Trust you to do ...!". I only meant "à l'heure (prévue)" as a secondary point. Sep 2 '18 at 15:33

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