Present tense – Verbs like PLAIRE – Formation

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Le phare plaît à ta mère.

Verbs like PLAIRE – Present tense

How do French verbs like PLAIRE work? How are they conjugated?

For verbs like TAIRE, take off the –RE off the infinitive form to get the root. Note the one –s (/Z/ sound) in the plural forms.

  • je/j’ (I) –s
  • tu (you sing.) –s
  • elle (she) –ît
  • il (he) –ît
  • on (we inf.) –ît
  • nous (we form.) sons
  • vous (you pl.) sez
  • ils (they m.) sent
  • elles (they f.) sent
je plais
tu plais
elle plaît
il/ça plaît
on plaît
nous plaisons
vous plaisez
ils plaisent
elles plaisent

In context

  1. Il plaît à ta mère. .... Your mother likes him/it.
  2. Ils leur plaisent.  .... They like them.




Two verbs in this category for you to know

  1. plaire à .... to like, to be pleasing to
  2. se plaire .... to please, like each other


Other rules for the present tense in French

Full French conjugations

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