avoir beau – French expression


avoir beau – Mot du Jour

avoir beau – to have beautiful – is a very French structure.

When followed by an infinitive verb – and often a  ‘quand même’ (still) in the second phrase – it expresses the idea of  ‘despite’, ‘in spite of’, ‘even though’, ‘although’.

  • « J’ai beau aimer l’automne, je crains quand même l’arrivée de l’hiver. »
  • “Even though I like the fall, I (still) fear the arrival of winter.

Tenses and modes 

présent : il a beau, nous avons beau

passé composé : il a eu beau, nous avons eu beau

futur : il aura beau, nous aurons beau


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