Translation of falloir in English:

falloir

Pronunciation: /falwaʀ/

v impers

  • 1il faut qn/qch we need sb/sth sb/sth is needed il va falloir deux jours/du courage it will take two days/courage il me/te/leur faut qch I/you/they need sth il me faut ce livre! I've got to have that book!
  • 2il faut faire we/you etc have (got) to do we/you etc must do we/you etc should do il ne faut pas la déranger she mustn't be disturbed il fallait le faire it had to be done faut le faire! [fam] (admiring) it takes a bit of doing! (critical) would you believe it? comme il faut [behave] properly
  • 3il faut que tu fasses you have (got) to do, you must do you should do

v refl (+ v être) (s'en falloir)

  • peu s'en faut very nearly elle a perdu, mais il s'en est fallu de peu she lost, but only just

Idioms

il faut ce qu'il faut!

there's no point in skimping!

en moins de temps qu'il ne faut pour le dire

before you could say Jack Robinson

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