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Se Méfier (To Be Wary in French), Meaning, Example Sentences

Se Méfier (To Be Wary in French), Meaning, Example Sentences

Se méfier means  to be wary of, to be suspicious of, to be careful of, to distrust, to beware of. This verb is pronominal followed by de + NOUN.

Present tense conjugation

  • je me méfie – I am wary
  • tu te méfies – you are wary
  • il, elle se méfie – he, she is wary
  • nous nous méfions – we are wary
  • vous vous méfiez – you are wary
  • ils, iles se méfient – they are wary

Example sentences of se méfier:

  • Il faut se méfier de ces gens.
    You have to be careful of those people.
  • Je me méfie de tout le monde.
    I’m wary of everybody.
  • Méfie-toi! Il est dangereux!
    Watch out! He’s dangerous!
  • Méfie-toi de cette personne!
    Watch out for that person!
  • Méfiant(e) adj = wary, suspicious, distrustful
  • Elle était très méfiante et ne voulait pas ouvrir la porte.
    She was very careful and didn’t want to open the door.

se méfier idiom

“Il faut se méfier de l’eau qui dort.”
Still waters run deep. (It’s the quiet ones you have to watch.)

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