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faillir – to almost + verb – French verb conjugated

oysters, faillir

J’ai failli acheter des huîtres pour le 31.

FAILLIR - French verb

AUDIO below, with a French accent.

Faillir is a funny verb. First, it doesn’t have a command conjugation – that’s called a ‘verbe défectif’. Secondly, many of its conjugations aren’t used in everyday French. I will put all of the conjugations for this verb in the worksheet. However, the AUDIO file has only the ones that are used on a daily basis.

Indicatif - Indicative Mode statements
passé composé preterit or present perfect
j’ai failli I almost + verb-ed*
je n’ai pas failli I didn’t almost + verb
j’ai failli I almost + verb-ed
tu as failli you almost + verb-ed
elle a failli she almost + verb-ed
il a failli he/it almost + verb-ed
on a failli we almost + verb-ed
nous avons failli we almost + verb-ed
vous avez failli you almost + verb-ed
elles ont failli they almost + verb-ed
ils ont failli they almost + verb-ed
*also I have almost + verb-ed…
plus-que-parfait pluperfect
j’avais failli I had almost + verb-ed
je n’avais pas failli I hadn’t almost + verb-ed
j’avais failli I had almost + verb-ed
tu avais failli you had almost + verb-ed
elle avait failli she had almost + verb-ed
il avait failli he/it had almost + verb-ed
on avait failli we had almost + verb-ed
nous avions failli we had almost + verb-ed
vous aviez failli you had almost + verb-ed
elles avaient failli they had almost + verb-ed
ils avaient failli they had almost + verb-ed

In context

J’ai failli acheter des huîtres pour le 31.

I almost bought oysters for the 31.

Il a failli rater son avion.

He almost missed his plane.

Nous avons failli ne pas venir aujourd’hui.

We almost didn’t come today.

Related: How to use FAILLIRTenses and modes . 52 Very First French Verbs . What is JE, TU, ELLE, IL …? .

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