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il s’agit de – French expression

il s’agit de

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What does the French expression ‘ il s'agit de mean? How is it used in a sentence? Listen to Anne’s audio.

il s’agit de - it to itself is acting of. il s’agit de means it’s about. That might sound simple, however, the construction of il s’agit de makes it a bit different. Look at this example:

  • « Dans le roman La Dame Aux Camélias, il s’agit du destin tragique de Marguerite Gautier. »
  • [In the novel The Lady of the Camellias, it is about the tragic destiny of Marguerite Gautier]
  • “The novel The Lady of the Camellias is about the tragic destiny of Marguerite Gautier.”

Let's see other examples

  1. Il s’agit de ne pas leur dire la vérité.
    • It means to not tell them the truth.
  2. Il ne s’agit pas seulement de l’appart.
    • It’s not just about the condo.
  3. Il s’agit de pots de vin qu’il aurait versé.
    • We’re talking about bribes he allegedly paid.
  4. De quoi s’agit-il ?
    • What is it about?
  5. Il s’agira de partir à l’heure, alors.
    • It will be a matter of leaving on time, then.
  6. Il ne s’agissait pas de nous.
    • It wasn’t about us.
  7. Ce dont il s’agit, c’est de fierté.
    • Pride is what it’s about.
  8. Il s’agissait bien d’un ours.
    • It was about a bear indeed.
  9. Il s’agit de faire son travail maintenant.
    • We should really do our work now.
  10. Il s’agit de ne pas se faire attraper.
    • It’s all about not getting caught.

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