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Video:Learn French: Essential Verbs

with Milo De Prieto

Learn the three essential French verbs être, avoir, and faire. These verbs are necessary for speaking French and this helpful language tutorial video by About.com will help you practice your skills.See Transcript

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Transcript:Learn French: Essential Verbs

Bonjour I’m Milo for About.com and today we are talking about some essential verbs in French.  These tips and more can be found on our French site.   We are going to work with 3 essential verbs today, être, to be, avoir, to have, and faire, to do.  The first two are also auxiliary verbs, and have many more functions in creating compound verbs.  Check our site for more information on them after this.  

Être - To Be

je suis

tu es

il, elle est

nous sommes

vous êtesils, elles sont 

  • Je suis en vacances à  Saint Tropez. I am on vacation in Saint Tropez
  • Nous sommes prêts à partir. We are ready to go
  • Elles sont américaines mais elles parlent français. They are American but speak French

Avoir - To Have

j’ai

tu as

il, elle a

nous avons

vous avez

ils, elles ont 

  • Tu as de la chance, j’ai un nouveau modèle. You are lucky, I have a new model
  • Paul et moi, nous avons une grande famille. Paul and I have a big family
  • Ils ont une grande maison pour accueillir tous leurs amis They have a big house to host all their friends

Faire - To Do, To Make

je fais

tu fais

il fait

nous faisons

vous faites

ils, elles font 

  • Je fais un gâteau au chocolat pour ton anniversaire. I am making a chocolate cake for your birthday.

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