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faire, ficher, foutre

online game - listen to these three verbs in the Conjugated Verbs section

Ficher and foutre have many many meanings and are used in a lot of different ways. In this worksheet, we will first focus on ficher and foutre as a synonym of faire – to make or to do. The difference between the three is the register.

normal register  --   a bit cross     -- really offensive[1]

.......FAIRE          --  FICHER[2] --      FOUTRE

In context

Qu’est-ce que tu fais ?               What are you doing?

Qu’est-ce que tu fiches ?           What the heck are you doing?

Qu’est-ce que tu fous ?              What are you f*cking doing?

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Expressions with ficher and foutre

  • ficher les jetons à quelqu’un -- foutre les jetons à quelqu’un -- To scare someone to death
  • Ficher le camp -- foutre le camp -- To get the heck out of t/here
  • Ficher quelque chose -- foutre quelque chose -- To the heck do something
  • Ficher quelqu’un dehors -- Foutre quelqu’un dehors -- To kick someone out
  • Ficher la paix à quelqu’un -- Foutre la paix à quelqu’un -- To leave someone alone
  • Ficher un coup à quelqu’un -- Foutre un coup à quelqu’un -- To strike someone emotionally
  • Ficher -- Foutre -- To put some place
  • Ficher -- Foutre -- To give
  • Ficher -- Foutre -- To do, to make
  • Ficher -- ø -- To index
  • Se ficher de -- Se foutre de -- To not care about, to not be interested in
  • Se ficher de quelqu’un -- Se foutre de quelqu’un -- To make fun of someone

[1] really offensive, yet very commonly used. Watch this 1956 song by Edith Piaf where she uses foutre

[2] note that ficher has two past participles fichu and fiche: see the Passé composé Verb section

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