Avoir, Être, Faire

Essential French verbs

Essential french verbs

The French verbs avoir (to have), être (to be), and faire (to do/make) are the most important French verbs. They are used in some of the ways that we use them in English as well as in many expressions. Conjugations for all three of these verbs are irregular:

 Avoir - to haveÊtre - to beFaire - to do, make
    
 J'ai un livre.
I have a book.
Je suis à Paris.
I am in Paris.
Je fais mon lit.
I'm making my bed.
    
 Nous avons une voiture.
We have a car.
Nous sommes très contents. 
We are very happy.
Nous faisons tout ensemble.
We do everything together.
    
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tuasesfais
ilaestfait
nousavonssommesfaisons
vousavezêtesfaites
ilsontsontfont
    
 Conjugations in all tensesConjugations in all tensesConjugations in all tenses
 Using avoirUsing êtreUsing faire
 Expressions with avoirExpressions with êtreExpressions with faire
    
Note: Even though être is the French equivalent of "to be," there are certain expressions in which you have to use avoir or faire to translate "to be." After you've looked over the list of expressions for each of these verbs, see how well you do with this test: To Be - Être, Avoir, or Faire