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Today, we will take a closer look at French verbs. You know those annoying words, that you must know and use in order to form sentences in French. Yes, I am talking about words such as dissoudre (to dissolve), peindre (to paint) etc…Noticed how I am using complicated words to get you confused. You are welcome! Anyhow, let’s get right into it. Here is how you can save time save time by knowing the most common French verbs
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Time Saver Alert: Get Started With Verbs (and 50+ Most Common Verbs)
- 1 Time Saver Alert: Get Started With Verbs (and 50+ Most Common Verbs)
- 1.1 Introduction to French Verbs
- 1.2 French Verb Groups
- 1.3 French Verb Conjugation
- 1.4 How To Save Time When Learning French Verbs & Tenses
- 1.5 Key Takeaway
- 1.6 Your Turn & How to practice
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Introduction to French Verbs
A definition of Verbs
Verbs are one of the main parts of speech.They are action words that express the action or state of being of the subject in a sentence.
🇫🇷 Sara est entrain de danser.
🇺🇸 Sara is dancing.
State of being
🇫🇷 Paul est triste.
🇺🇸 Paul is sad.
Infinitive form of French verbs
An infinitive is a verb that has not been changed. The verb is in its original form (think Micheal Jackson in the 70s). In its original form, a French verb ends in –er, -ir, -re.
-er => chanter => to sing
-ir => finir => to finish
-re => faire => to do/ to make
French Verb Groups
French verbs are divided into three groups depending on the last two letters of the word. But as always in French there are exceptions.
French verbs are classified into 3 groups.
|Group||Group I||Group II||Group III|
|Ending||-er||-ir||-re (+ ir,indre,oir)|
-Easy to conjugate.
|-Regular verbs with a few exceptions.
-end with -issons in the first person plural in the present simple.
|-Most are irregular.
-Hard to conjugate.
-Memorize conjugation patterns.
|Example||Chanter (to sing)||Trahir (to betray)||mettre ( to put, to place)|
Useful Insight: Learn these verb groups and make sure that just by looking at a French verb in its infinitive form, you are able to tell what group it belongs to. You will soon find out why.
French Verb Conjugation
Conjugating French verbs is so much fun. It will soon become your favorite way of spending Saturday nights (eye roll). Let’s be serious here for a minute. Conjugation can be a nightmare for language learners, and frankly even native speakers like myself. But there some rules to know (know by heart is the proper word), if you want to keep your sanity and still use French tenses like a pro.
Agreement rule for French Verbs
A verb is conjugated to agree with its subject. The verb will often change according to its subject. In other words, a verb is conjugated to agree with its subject in gender and number.In other words, a verb is conjugated to agree with its subject in gender and number.
🇫🇷 Sara est partie en France.
🇺🇸 Sara has gone to France.
🇫🇷 Paul et Sara vont se retrouver à Versailles.
🇺🇸 Paul and Sara will meet in Versailles.
How To Save Time When Learning French Verbs & Tenses
Now that we have a solid foundation to build upon, let me share with you, how you can save time and start using French verbs in any tense you want.
The big secret is to… learn the most commonly used French verbs. Elementary Watson you would say. Yes, of course! After all, those are the ones you (and other French speakers) will often use in their everyday life. Not only will you be able to understand other speakers but you will also easily form your own sentences.
I will share with you a list of 50+ French verbs (classified by group) that you are most likely to hear and use.
That means 2 things:
1-You will know over 50 french verbs and be able to tell which group each belongs to.
2-You can start practicing French tenses with those verbs, making sure that each minute you spend on it won’t go to waste ( because are more likely to use those verbs anytime now in a conversation).
If you opened this blog post to learn about French verbs and tenses, check out these other blog posts to learn more about the topic:
- The Top 8 Most Used French Tenses ( All You Need To Know)
- How To Conjugate French Verbs ( Être-to be)
- How To Conjugate French Verbs ( Avoir-to have)
- How To Conjugate French Verbs: Pouvoir -to be able (can)
- How To Make 2017 A Successful Year: 17 Top Resources To Help You Learn French
- Q&A Sunday: How to Use The Passé Simple – French Past Tense?
- How To Conjugate French Verbs: Faire -to do/ make
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Your Turn & How to practice
Can you use 5 of the 50+ verbs shared in this article to form sentences? Why not write a short story? How about finding a conversation partner ( yes even yourself) for a 15 minute conversation and try using as many verbs as you can?
Don’t forget to:
- Review the basic rules about French verbs and learn how to classify them.
- Find them in the cheat sheet/ workbook ( in your free resource library).
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