I would like to know if I have the correct meanings of (a) and (b).

(a) « Cela n’a pas manqué d’arriver. »

(b) « Ça n’a pas manqué. ».

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I think the meaning of (a) in English is “It’s definitely going to happen.”

I think the meaning of (b) in English is “It’s definitely going to happen.” also.


(1) The English meanings I have given may not be the best English translations but that’s okay as all I really need to know is if I have the BASIC meaning of (a) and (b) correct. Could you please confirm if I’m right please.

(2) My last question is, is it possible to swap the verb arriver in « Cela n’a pas manqué d’arriver. » for any other verb? That is, could I say « Cela n’a pas de faire. » which would mean “It will definitely be made.” So all I need for this question is a yes or no answer.

Thank you for your help guys!😊

  • You gave the same meaning to a and b. Is that what you intended?
    – fev
    Feb 2, 2021 at 18:47

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The meaning you give is correct, but not well situated in time. See this translation of Larousse

  • ça ne manquera pas = it's sure OU bound to happen (in the future)
  • j'ai dit qu'elle reviendrait et ça n'a pas manqué! = I said she'd come back and sure enough(she did)! (in the past)

So both a and b actually mean: it definitely did happen! (not "going to happen").

As for your second question, yes, you can change the verb and say

Cela n’a pas manqué de faire (des vagues, par exemple).

This sentence would mean it definitely did make waves. "ça ne manquera pas de + verbe" is quite common (I found many hits on Google). Note, however, that if you change the verb in "ça ne manquera pas d'arriver", it will cease to be an idiomatic phrase.

If you mean to say "It will definitely be made" the "correct" way would be:

Cela ne manquera pas d'être fait.

But this sentence doesn't sound native at all. I found only one poor hit on Google. There are much better ways of saying that in French.

  • Thank you so much @fev for answering my questions !!! 😊 My last question is does the sentence « Cela ne manquera pas de faire qqch. » = “It’s definitely making/doing sth.” ?
    – SFR
    Feb 2, 2021 at 20:48
  • No, it means "It will definitely do/make something". "manquera" is in the future.
    – fev
    Feb 2, 2021 at 21:22
  • On ne peut pas remplacer « arriver » par « faire » dans « Ça n'a pas manqué d'arriver. ».
    – LPH
    Feb 3, 2021 at 14:00
  • What I meant is that such a stricture does exist. But you are right, it ceases to be an idiomatic phrase. Will edit.
    – fev
    Feb 3, 2021 at 14:13
  • @fev I don't understand what you mean by stricture (restriction) here; however, what I am saying is that the construction "Ça n'a pas manqué de faire.", without a complement for "faire", is not used at all. The Google page you added does not contain a single instance of that (in all cases there is a complement). Therefore you should make precise that this complement is needed.
    – LPH
    Feb 4, 2021 at 15:58

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