As part of my new shorter & simpler HOW TO videos, I’ve decided to fully & clearly conjugate for you all the absolutely crucial basic French verbs, in the present tense, in 2 steps:

Step 1: just the verb, the whole verb conjugated with each subject.

Step 2: that same conjugated verb but this time in a sentence to give you context.

So far we’ve conjugated avoir, être, et aller, fell free to go back to these latest videos if you need  a little review, and this week we are going to conjugate another super important verb… FAIRE = TO DO / TO MAKE.

 

Why must you know FAIRE?

Think of how many times you use the verbs to do or to make in English!

Well, in French we say this even more! Why? Because we use faire in countless expressions and sayings, which in English are not translated by to do or to make.

I will share plenty of these expressions with you in this video.

Let’s conjugate faire in the present tense with every single subject pronoun, and then, I’ll put it in a short sentence USING these expressions so YOU can learn and use them. C’est parti!

 

Let’s conjugate FAIRE

To do / to make = Faire

That’s called the infinitive, l’infinitif, which means it is not conjugated. Now let’s conjugate it, in the present tense.

I do / I make = Je fais
I hike in the countryside with my dogs = Je fais de la randonnée avec mes chiens

So, to hike = faire de la randonnée

You do / you make = Tu fais (casual)
You always pack your bags at the last moment = Tu fais toujours tes valises au dernier moment

So, to pack one’s bags = faire ses valises

She does / she makes = Elle fait
Elle fait pipi avant de voyager car elle déteste les toilettes publiques  = She pees before traveling because she hates public bathrooms

So, to pee = faire pipi

He does / he makes = il fait
He’s sulking because she didn’t kiss him = Il fait la tête parce qu’elle ne l’a pas embrassé

So, to sulk = faire la tête

We do / we make = on fait
On is the singular subject pronoun for we. Is it strange to think of we as singular? Think of a unit, think of a couple. A couple is made up of 2 people so it’s plural yet you say “a couple IS” so it’s also singular. On is more used in spoken French, it’s the more casual way to say we.

We get into trouble every time our parents go out of town = On fait des bêtises chaque fois que nos parents s’absentent

So, to get into trouble = faire des bêtises

We do / we make = nous faisons
Nous is the plural subject pronoun for we. It’s less used in spoken French than on, which  we just saw, and it’s the more formal, the more proper way to say we.

*Just to be sure you understand, the above 2 sentences mean the exact same thing and that is “We are not going on vacation this year” The only difference is that “on” is more casual and “nous” is more “formal”

We get into trouble every time our parents go out of town = Nous faisons des bêtises chaque fois que nos parents s’absentent

Same sentence as the one above, same meaning, only this time, we, sound more formal.

On fait des bêtises chaque fois que nos parents s’absentent = Nous faisons des bêtises chaque fois que nos parents s’absentent 

You do / you make = vous faites (formal or you all)
Why are you pretending to listen to me? = Pourquoi faites-vous semblant de m’écouter?

So, to pretend = faire semblant

They do / they make = Elles font (for an exclusively feminine group)
They ride their bikes every weekend = Elles font du vélo chaque week-end

So, to ride one’s bike = faire du vélo

They do / they make = Ils font (for a masculine or a mixed group)
They party all night long and I can’t sleep = Ils font la fête toute la nuit et je ne peux pas dormir

So, to party = faire la fête

Et voilà! So! What did I tell you? We use faire like in English when we want to express to do or to make but also for lots of expressions, which in English are not translated by to do or to make. That’s why it’s doubly important to know how to conjugate this verb without hesitation.

 

One more time!

FAIRE = TO DO, TO MAKE

je fais = I do / I make

tu fais = you do / you make (casual)

elle fait = she does / she makes

il fait = he does / he makes

on fait = we do / we make (singular + casual)

nous faisons = we do / we make (plural + formal)

vous faites = you do / you make (formal or you all)

elles font = they do / they make (feminine)

ils font = they do / they make (masculine or mixed)

 

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