Dictionaries list lots of different ones.
I say "fate ah kom PLEE."
Part of speech:
(Countable nouns, like “bottle,” “piece,” and “decision,” are words for things that can be broken into exact units. You talk about “a bottle,” “three pieces,” and “many decisions.”
Likewise, talk about one fait accompli or multiple faits accomplis.)
A fait accompli is a thing that's already been done and can't be undone.
In other words, a fait accompli is an accomplishment or act that can't be reversed.
(The literal translation of this French expression is "accomplished fact.")
The plural is not "fait accomplis" like you might guess, but rather "faits accomplis." Pronunciation: "faze ah kom PLEE."
How to use it:
Call something a fait accompli when it's already been done or it's already been decided (and maybe people are acting like it hasn't been done or decided yet.) "The eventual acceptance of certain grammar errors seems a fait accompli." "I mistakenly assumed that the job offer was a fait accompli and was shocked to be turned down."
You also call something a fait accompli when it already happened for real long before now, and yet people are acting like it just now happened. "They had been dating exclusively for many months before he officially asked her to be his girlfriend. 'Look, that's a fait accompli,' she told him. 'You're just asking now because it's Valentine's Day and you want to combine that with our anniversary.'"
Occasionally you'll see "fait accompli" used like an adjective or an uncountable noun, without a word like "a" or "this" before it. "The case has become fait accompli."
Her election to president of the club was a fait accompli, since no one ran against her.
Letting Reddit suck up lots of my free time isn't necessarily a fait accompli;I could just delete it from my bookmarks and try to focus better.
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You’ll know you understand what "fait accompli” means when you can explain it without saying “something already done" or “something you can't undo."
Think of a game or competition you witnessed or participated in, one during which you knew who the winner would be pretty early on, and fill in the blanks: "(Person or team)'s victory became a fait accompli as _____."
Example: "Chris's Scrabble victory became a fait accompli as he played his third word in a row to score over thirty points each. Meanwhile, I floundered around with six-point and twelve-point plays."
Spend at least 20 seconds occupying your mind with the game and quote below. Then try the review questions. Don’t go straight to the review now—let your working memory empty out first.
Playing With Words:
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A Point Well Made:
Pico Iyer: "Sitting still [is] a way of falling in love with the world and everything in it & holding on to some direction in a madly accelerating world."
1. The opposite of FAIT ACCOMPLI is
A. SIGNIFICANT DIFFERENCE
B. OPEN QUESTION
C. FALSE ALARM
2. Anti-slavery laws in the U.S. were, for a long time, _____, though they were eventually seen as a fait accompli.
A. a controversial issue
B. extremely detailed
C. an absolute necessity
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