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« on: March 01, 2006 06:53:02 PM »

hi, i hope you don't mind my using this board to ask for help! i'm a native speaker of english and it's been many years since my high school french classes! i want to incorporate a phrase in french into one of my projects. essentially, i want to say "trust yourself" (or possibly "believe in yourself") - not as an abstract concept, but as a ... command or directive. perhaps im thinking of the imperatif form of the verb? (for example, trust yourself to make the right decision. or believe in yourself that you can be successful at ... ) i'm thinking that perhaps some form of the verb "se fier" is appropriate, but i'm not sure. besides, the thought of conjugating a reflexive verb to refer back to myself makes my head hurt.

can anyone suggest possible ways to say this? (preferrably in a shorter rather than longer phrase.) thanks for any help you can provide!
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« Reply #1 on: March 06, 2006 05:11:28 AM »

hello...

i think you could use " crois en toi-mme" (believe in yourself)... or "aies confiance en toi " (trust yourself).. yes, we need more words to say the same thing...    Roll Eyes
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« Reply #2 on: March 06, 2006 06:17:54 PM »

thanks for your response, mlimelo! i think that i prefer a variation of se fier. would itbe grammatically correct to say "se fier a soi"? (i know the a should have an accent, but i don't know how to add that on my keyboard.) OR, how would would you conjugate that in the imperatif (for tu)?
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« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2006 06:08:13 PM »

Aie confiance en toi -- without the "s" at the end
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« Reply #4 on: October 03, 2006 12:54:49 AM »

thanks for your response, mlimelo! i think that i prefer a variation of se fier. would itbe grammatically correct to say "se fier a soi"? (i know the a should have an accent, but i don't know how to add that on my keyboard.) OR, how would would you conjugate that in the imperatif (for tu)?

grammatically correct would be "sois fier de toi", but it sounds weird. We'd rather say "crois en toi".

But hmm, apparently this topic has been dormant for quite a while, maybe you don't need this any more ... Wink
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