Present tense – Verbs like DEVOIR – Formation

french patisserie

On doit aller à la pâtisserie.

Verbs like DEVOIR – Present tense

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

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

  • je/j’ (I) dois
  • tu (you sing.) dois  
  • elle (she) doit
  • il (he) doit
  • on (we inf.) doit
  • nous (we form.) devons
  • vous (you pl.) devons
  • ils (they m.) doivent
  • elles (they f.) doivent

In context

  1. On doit aller à la pâtisserie. .... We have to go to the patisserie.
  2. Vous devez de l’argent à qui ? .... To whom do you owe money?


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

  1. devoir .... to have to, to owe
  2. redevoir .... to have to again, to owe again

Other rules for the present tense in French

Full French conjugations

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