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Quelque chose: How To Say Something In French

Quelque chose: How To Say Something In French

In today’s lesson we’ll have a look at the word quelque chose, which means something. Est-ce que tu veux apprendre quelque chose? Do you want to learn something? Let’s begin!

quelque chose


Quelque chose = something

Word origin

For the Modern French term quelque chose (something), quelque is a combination of quel (which) and que (that), which come from qualis and quid in Latin. Chose means “thing” and comes from causa (cause, reason) in Latin.

Example sentences

These first two example sentences use the near future tense (le futur proche), which combines the present tense of aller (to go) with an infinitive to mean “going to”. This lesson explains the French future tenses.

Je vais acheter quelque chose pour les enfants.

I’m going to buy something for the kids.

The verb coucher means “to put to bed”. In the reflexive form, se coucher means to go to bed.

Je vais manger quelque chose avant de me coucher.

I’m going to eat something before going to bed.

J’ai quelque chose à te dire.

I have something to say to you.

This last example sentence is actually a quote from Winston Churchill. The expression il vaut mieux means “it’s better to”.

Il vaut mieux faire quelque chose que ne rien faire en attendant de tout faire.

It’s better to do something than to do nothing while waiting to do everything.


Et voilà ! Now you know how to use quelque chose in French! Now check this lesson explaining the word rien, which is the opposite of quelque chose and means “anything” or “nothing”.

Example of how ot use quelque chose (something).
Je vais acheter quelque chose. I’m going to buy something.

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David Issokson

David Issokson is a lifelong language enthusiast. His head is swimming with words and sounds as he speaks over six 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 online lessons. When procrastinating working on FrenchLearner, David enjoys his time skiing and hiking in Teton Valley, Idaho.

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