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They feel bad

Ils se sentent mal

to feel - (se) sentir, ressentir. These are not regular -IR verbs. Note also that sentir is often used in the reflexive form. We will learn about reflexive verbs elsewhere.

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She dies in the movie

Elle meurt dans le film

to die - mourir. Note that mourir is not a regular -IR verb. Also note that film, "movie," is masculine.

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He writes good books

Il écrit des bons livres

to write - écrire. This verb is conjugated in the present as follows: j'écris, tu écris, il/elle/on écrit, nous écrivons, vous écrivez, ils/elles écrivent.

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I receive a lot of letters

Je reçois beaucoup de lettres

to receive - recevoir. Note that after adverbs of quantity like beaucoup, de is used instead of the partitive article (des).

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Do you (plural) believe in Julie?

Croyez-vous en Julie?

to believe - croire. In the present tense, this verb is conjugated as follows: je crois, tu crois, il/elle/on croit, nous croyons, vous croyez, ils/elles croient.


Conjugate the verb vouloir, "to want," in the present tense.

  • je veux
  • tu veux
  • il/elle/on veut
  • nous voulons
  • vous voulez
  • ils/elles veulent

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They want a child

Ils veulent un enfant

to want - vouloir. Remember that vouloir is an irregular verb.

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He can play the piano

Il peut jouer du piano

to be able to - pouvoir. Note that pouvoir is an irregular verb: je peux, tu peux, il/elle/on peut, nous pouvons, vous pouvez, ils/elles peuvent.

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We can cook easily

Nous pouvons cuisiner facilement

to cook - cuisiner

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I am doing my homework

Je fais mes devoirs

to do, to make - faire. Note that faire is one of the most common French verbs. It is irregular and used in several expressions.


Conjugate the verb faire, "to do," in the present tense.

  • je fais
  • tu fais
  • il/elle/on fait
  • nous faisons
  • vous faites
  • ils/elles font

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He is making dinner

Il fait à manger

to make a meal - (se) faire à manger. Note that this literally means "to make to eat." The reflexive form, se faire à manger, means "to make oneself a meal."

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It's a good breakfast

C'est un bon petit déjeuner

breakfast - le petit déjeuner

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We do not want a bad lunch

Nous ne voulons pas un mauvais déjeuner

lunch - le déjeuner. Note that déjeuner is also a regular -ER verb meaning "to eat lunch."

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He wants a big dinner

Il veut un grand dîner

dinner - le dîner. Note that dîner is also a verb meaning "to have dinner."

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I want to eat a snack

Je veux manger un encas

a snack - un encas. This noun does not change in the plural since it already ends with an "s." As an alternative, you could use the noun un goûter. Finally, note the construction vouloir + infinitive.

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I am right

J'ai raison

to be right - avoir raison. This literally translates as "to have reason."

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You are wrong

Tu as tort

to be wrong - avoir tort

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He makes a decision

Il prend une décision

a decision - une décision. Note that "to make a decision" is prendre une décision, not faire une décision.

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He asks Paul to make a meal

Il demande à Paul de faire à manger

to ask - demander. This verb is often followed by the preposition à. The construction demander à + person + de + infinitive is common, and means "to ask someone to do something."


Conjugate the verb demander in the present tense.

  • je demande
  • tu demandes
  • il/elle/on demande
  • nous demandons
  • vous demandez
  • ils/elles demandent

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I understand the question

Je comprends la question

a question - une question. Note that the verb "to question" also exists in French -- questionner.

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She asks Marie a question

Elle pose une question à Marie

to ask a question - poser une question. Note that "to ask questions" is poser des questions.

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I go to work by car

Je vais au travail en voiture

to go - aller. Note that aller is one of the most common French verbs. It is irregular. Also note how à le must be changed to au.


Conjugate the verb aller, "to go," in the present tense.

  • je vais
  • tu vas
  • il/elle/on va
  • nous allons
  • vous allez
  • ils/elles vont


Give examples of 3rd group/irregular verbs (i.e. verbs not from the regular -ER and -IR groups).

entendre, comprendre, voir, boire, pouvoir

The 3rd group of French verbs comprises non-ER and non-IR verbs, as well as irregular -ER and -IR verbs. Recall that there are many irregular verbs in French, most of them among the most commonly used verbs.

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She is thinking about going to school

Elle pense aller à l'école

The construction penser + infinitive means "to consider/think about doing something."

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She thinks that you are right

Elle pense que tu as raison

that (conjunction) - que. Que is an important word that has several uses. Used as a conjunction, as above, it means "that."

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What are you doing?

Qu'est-ce que tu fais?

what (in a question) - qu'est-ce que. Note that here que has been contracted to qu'.

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What is he doing?

Que fait-il?

what (in a question with inversion) - que. Note that the common structure here is: interrogative word + verb + pronoun. When "what" is the subject of the question and placed before the verb, you can begin the sentence with Que and then invert the verb and subject.