(=event, situation) chose f
Don't bother me with little things like that. Ne m'embête pas avec des petites choses comme ça.
A strange thing happened. Il s'est passé quelque chose de bizarre.
it's a good thing (that) ... heureusement que ...
→ It's a good thing I wasn't there, he probably would have kicked me.
→ It's a good thing he's healthy. He'd make a terrible patient.
It's a good thing that Robert retired. Heureusement que Robert a pris sa retraite.
the thing is, ..., the thing is that ... ce qu'il y a c'est que ...
→ I was going to be fashionable and wear black. The thing is, I don't like black.
→ "The thing is ... " he pauses, looking outside, "it has affected my gardening tremendously. I can't do it any more."
→ The thing was that after the Oscar, which had been a delight and a surprise, there had been a lot of American interest in me. So I felt I just had to go to America.
for one thing, I prefer badminton to squash. It's not so tiring for one thing. Je préfère le badminton au squash. D'abord, ce n'est pas aussi fatigant.
to do sth first thing, to do sth first thing in the morning (any morning)
faire qch à la première heure, faire qch le matin à la première heure
→ I like to take a shower first thing in the morning.
commencer par faire qch
I'll go and talk to him first thing in the morning. Demain matin je commencerai par aller lui parler.
last thing, he ... juste avant de se coucher, il ...
→ I always do it last thing on a Saturday.
to have a thing about sth/sb
(=like) avoir un faible pour qch/qn
→ I had always had a thing about red hair.
(=dislike) avoir quelque chose contre qch/qn
→ He's got this thing about ties.
to do one's own thing * faire ce qu'on a envie
→ We accept the right of all men and women to do their own thing.
what with one thing and another pour une raison ou pour une autre
it's just one of those things ce sont des choses qui arrivent