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French Synonyms for Oui

Saying "yes" in French is pretty simple, but there are quite a few synonyms and precisions to be aware of. Check out this lesson to learn how to say yes, yeah, sure, and more.

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oui = yes

Oui is the basic, standard French word for "yes":

Oui, j’aime les fraises.Yes, I like strawberries.
– Veux-tu m’épouser ?– Oui !– Will you marry me?– Yes!

It’s also the best translation of "I do":

– Veux-tu épouser cet homme … ?– Oui.– Do you take this man …?– I do.

ouais, ouaip = yeah

Ouais and ouaip are informal equivalents for yes, equivalent to “yeah” or “yep”:

Ouais, je sais.Yeah, I know.
– T’es prêt ?– Ouaip.– You ready?– Yep.

Texting abbreviation: Oué

mouais = um, yeah

Mouais is informal and also a bit uncertain:

Mouais, d’accord.Um, yeah, ok.
– T’es prêt ?– Mouais, attends deux secondes.– You ready?– Um, yeah, just a sec.

ouah ! = yes! yay! wow!

Ouah is an informal word used to express joy or admiration, like “yes!” or “wow!”

Ouah ! Je l’ai réussi !Yes! I passed!
Ouah, on a gagné !Yes, we won!

si = yes after no

Si is one of my favorite French words, because it’s extremely useful and doesn’t have an English equivalent. It’s used to contradict a negation: to say yes when someone else says no, asks a negative question, or makes a negative statement.

– Il n’a pas de sœur.– Si.– He doesn’t have a sister.– Yes (he does).
– N’as-tu pas faim ?– Si.– Aren’t you hungry?– Yes (I am hungry).

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More synonyms for oui

absolumentabsolutely
assurémentsure, certainly
avec plaisirwith pleasure
bien entenduof course
bien sûrof course
bonfine, ok
ça marche(informal)ok, that works
carrément (familiar)totally
certainementcertainly
c’est çathat’s right
c’est exactthat’s right
d’accordOK
effectivementindeed, quite
en effetindeed, quite
évidemmentof course, obviously
exactthat’s right
exactementexactly
je ne dis pas nonI wouldn’t say no, I don’t disagree (an unemphatic yes)
justementthat’s right
moi aussime too
pouce en hautpouce vers le hautthumbs up
tout à faitexactly, absolutely
voilàthat’s right, there you go
volontierswith pleasure

Oui is also found in a number of expressions, not all of which are variations on the "yes" theme.