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Present tense – Regular -ER verbs – Formation

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Regular -ER verbs – Present tense

How do French regular -ER verbs work?

Verbes réguliers en -ER – Présent

Regular –ER verbs (ending en –ER) have the following endings added to the stem

  • je/j’ (I) –e
  • tu (you sing.) –es
  • elle (she) –e
  • il (he) –e
  • on (we inf.) –e
  • nous (we form.) –ons
  • vous (you pl.) –ez
  • ils (they m.) –ent
  • elles (they f.) –ent

In context

  1. J’aime FRENCH ETC. -- I like FRENCH ETC.
  2. Tu regardes la télé. -- You are watching TV.
  3. Nous dansons samedi. -- We dance on Saturday.
  4. Ils parlent français. -- They speak French.

5 verbs in this category for you to start with

  1. aimer  -- to like, to love
  2. regarder -- to watch
  3. parler -- to speak
  4. habiter -- to live
  5. travailler -- to work

Other rules for the present tense in French

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faire present tense

FAIRE - TO MAKE, TO DO - through the eyes of a native speaker

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FAIRE is an irregular verb and has to be memorized.

  • je fais -- I make
  • tu  fais -- you make
  • elle fait -- she makes
  • il fait -- he/it makes
  • on fait -- we make
  • nous faisons -- we make
  • vous faites -- you make
  • ils font -- they make
  • elles font -- they make

in context

I am making a cake.   --  Je fais un gâteau.

We do the dishes.       --  Nous faisons la vaisselle.

................................. --  On fait la vaisselle.

  • Note:

the nous form is spelled nous faisons, but is pronounced nous f[e]sons

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avoir besoin de, to need

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J’aurai vraiment besoin de tes cours quand je serai en France.

I’ll really need your tutorials when I’m in France.

AVOIR BESOIN DE is a verbe défectif – a defective verb, that means that it’s not conjugated at all tenses or modes. This verb works like the verb AVOIR.

Indicatif - Indicative Mode .... statements

présent .... present tense

j’ai besoin de .... I need*

je n’ai pas besoin de .... I don’t need

j’ai besoin de .... I need

tu as besoin de .... you need

elle a besoin de .... she needs

il a besoin de .... he/it needs

on a besoin de .... we need

nous avons besoin de .... we need

vous avez besoin de .... you need

elles ont besoin de .... they need

ils ont besoin de .... they need

*also I’m needing…

imparfait .... imperfect

j’avais besoin de .... I used to need*

je n’avais pas besoin de .... I didn’t use to need

j’avais besoin de .... I used to need

tu avais besoin de .... you used to need

elle avait besoin de .... she used to need

il avait besoin de .... he/it used to need

on avait besoin de .... we used to need

nous avions besoin de .... we used to need

vous aviez besoin de .... you used to need

elles avaient besoin de .... they used to need

ils avaient besoin de .... they used to need

*also I needed, would need…

passé composé .... preterit or present perfect

j’ai eu besoin de .... I needed

je n’ai pas eu besoin de .... I didn’t need

j’ai eu besoin de .... I needed

tu as eu besoin de .... you needed

elle a eu besoin de .... she needed

il a eu besoin de .... he/it needed

on a eu besoin de .... we needed

nous avons eu besoin de .... we needed

vous avez eu besoin de .... you needed

elles ont eu besoin de .... they needed

ils ont eu besoin de .... they needed

futur simple .... future tense

j’aurai besoin de .... I will need

je n’aurai pas besoin de .... I won’t need

j’aurai besoin de .... I will need

tu auras besoin de .... you will need

elle aura besoin de .... she will need

il aura besoin de .... he/it will need

on aura besoin de .... we will need

nous aurons besoin de .... we will need

vous aurez besoin de .... you will need

elles auront besoin de .... they will need

ils auront besoin de .... they will need

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Collective numbers

Collective numbers are numbers used when dealing with an approximate number – higher than 7 – of items or when it’s a pack of items, such as a dozen eggs.

  • Most of French collective numbers are formed by adding -aine to the number itself.

--> vingt : une vingtaine (de) means about 20, or a pack of 20.

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  • If the number itself ends with an -e, the -e is dropped

--> douze : une douzaine (de)

--> trente : une trentaine (de)

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  • If the number ends with a -x, the -x becomes a –z

--> dix : une dizaine (de)

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  • Big collective numbers work a bit differently. Don’t add –aine to the number, but rather un [number] de:

--> un millier (de), un million (de), un milliard (de)

--> a thousand (of), a million (of), a billion (of)

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  • Note that before a noun, the preposition DE is added

--> une douzaine d’œufs: a dozen eggs

 

How to say “a person in her/his --ties”

  • un/e trentenaire -- a person in her/his thirties
  • un/e quarantenaire -- a person in her/his forties
  • un/e cinquantenaire or quinquagénaire -- a person in her/his fifties
  • un/e sexagénaire* -- a person in her/his sixties
  • un/e septuagénaire -- a person in her/his seventies
  • un/e octogénaire -- a person in her/his eighties
  • un/e nonagénaire -- a person in her/his nineties
  • un/e centenaire -- a person 100 years-old or older

* un soixantenaire est le soixantième anniversaire

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