Present tense – Verbs like VOULOIR – Formation

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On veut toujours aller à la campagne.

Verbs like VOULOIR – Present tense

How do French verbs like VOULOIR work in the present tense?

Note that the NOUS and VOUS forms are different from the rest of the conjugation.

  • je/j’ (I) veux
  • tu (you sing.) veux
  • elle (she) veut
  • il (he) veut
  • on (we inf.) veut
  • nous (we form.) voulons
  • vous (you pl.) voulez
  • ils (they m.) veulent
  • elles (they f.) veulent

In context

  1. On veut toujours aller à la campagne. .... We always want to go to the country side.
  2. Vous voulez qui ? .... Who do you want?


There are only 2 verbs in this category for you to remember

  1. vouloir .... to want
  2. pouvoir .... to be able to, can

Other rules for the present tense in French

Full French conjugations

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