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enfoncer une porte ouverte

The French expression “enfoncer une porte ouverte” translates literally to “to break down an open door”.

English meaning:

  • to state the obvious
  • to labor the point
  • to beat a dead horse

French meaning:

  • expliquer quelque chose d’évidentto explain something that’s evident

Example sentence:

  • Pourquoi est-ce que tu enfonce une porte ouverte ? Tout le monde sait qu’on vit la plus grande crise du vingtieme siècle ! Why are you stating the obvious? Everybody known we’re living through the biggest crisis of the twentieth century!

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David Issokson

David Issokson is a lifelong language learner and speaks over seven languages. Of all the languages he speaks, he's the most passionate about French! David has helped hundreds of students to improve their French in his private lessons. When not teaching or writing his French Word of the Day lessons, David enjoys his time skiing, hiking and mountain biking in Victor, Idaho.

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