I have decided to create a new HOW TO section for you on my French Truly Blog. I want to improve your French language learning experience & to help you learn French online by bringing you videos that are short, straight to the point, focused on one and only one essential aspect of the French language so it’s quick and simple for you to digest, and also, easier for you to share with your French learning friends! Today, I’ll teach you HOW TO CONJUGATE AVOIR IN FRENCH.
Why is AVOIR essential?
Today let’s focus on one of the 2 most important French verbs: AVOIR = TO HAVE. Not only is it a crucial verb that we constantly use but it’s also the base of a past tense called passé composé, which you could not conjugate at all without knowing the verb avoir in the present tense. It’s called un verbe auxiliaire, an auxiliary verb, l’auxiliaire avoir. Let’s conjugate it in the present tense with every single subject pronoun, and then, I’ll put it in a short sentence to give you context and more vocab at the same time. C’est parti!
Let’s conjugate AVOIR
To have = Avoir
That’s called the infinitive, l’infinitif, which means it is not conjugated. Now let’s conjugate it, in the present tense.
I have = J’ai
I have two dogs = J’ai deux chiens
You have = Tu as (casual)
You have a big problem = Tu as un gros problème
She has = Elle a
She has a cold = Elle a un rhume
He has = Il a
He has an exam tomorrow = Il a un examen demain
We have = on a
We have a small car = On a une petite voiture*
On is the singular subject pronoun for we. Is it strange to think of we as singular? Think of a unit. It’s also more used in spoken French, it’s the more casual way to say we.
We have = nous avons
We have a small car = Nous avons une petite voiture*
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 have a small car” The only difference is that “on” is more casual and “nous” is more “formal”
You have = vous avez (formal or you all)
You have charming children = Vous avez des enfants charmants
They have = Elles ont (for an exclusively feminine group)
They have everything = Elles ont tout
They have = Ils ont (for a masculine or a mixed group)
They have a chocolate cake = Ils ont un gâteau au chocolat
One more time!
AVOIR = TO HAVE
j’ai = I have
tu as = you have (casual)
elle a = she has
il a = he has
on a = we have (singular + casual)
nous avons= we have (plural + formal)
vous avez = you have (formal or you all)
elles ont = they have (feminine)
ils ont = they have (masculine or mixed)
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Merci beaucoup pour toutes vos vidéos. Of all the learning french teachers on YouTube, you are my favorite and the reason is you really want to teach people french. What helps me to learn how to pronounce the words is watching your lips on the videos as you speak slowly. I also can tell by watching that you are a kind and caring person and if I live in France, we would be friends.
Je n’ai que de l’amour pour toi.
Oh wow merci beaucoup Don je suis vraiment touchée! Et ravie de voir que mes vidéos vous aident! En plus je trouve votre commentaire très encourageant et très à propos car je vais sortir dans quelques jours mon 2ème cours en ligne “Perfect Pronunciation” where I focus on the shape of my mouth, lips, face, to help people reproduce the sounds 🙂 exactly what you said woohoo!
I want to learn more about French
Cou cou Virginie.
How/when does one transition from addressing a person using VOUS to addressing him or her using TU? Does one ask permission? Or do you simply decide for yourself how you will address someone? Are there some people that you would never address using TU? Thanks for your help.
Bonjour Stewart et merci pour “votre” question 😉 je dis toujours “vous” and when I feel that the connection is becoming more relaxed maybe a little playful, I ask if we can use “tu”. Some people don’t ask and just say “tu” and I don’t like it when someone does this to me, which is why I always ask, even when it’s obvious the person will say yes! Hope this helps!
I would like to know more about the conjugation of avoid in past tense