Humanities › Languages French Expressions \with the Verb 'Aller' The essential French verb 'aller' lets you go away, go fishing and more. Share Flipboard Email Print Deux / Getty Images Languages French Vocabulary Basics Pronunciation & Conversation Grammar Resources for Teachers English as a Second Language Spanish German Italian Japanese Mandarin Russian English Grammar View More by ThoughtCo Updated March 28, 2019 The French verb aller, which means "to go," is used in many French idiomatic expressions. Learn how to go fishing, get to the bottom of things, go away and more with this list of expressions with aller. There's a good reason why so many expressions use aller; it's one of the most common and important verbs in the French language. There are a few basics to keep in mind with aller. First, it's an irregular verb, so it doesn't follow typical conjugation patterns. You just have to memorize its many forms. Second, the very common passé composé tense of aller uses the auxiliary verb être. (Je suis allé means I went, I have gone). This means that the past participle in this instance, has to agree with the Je, or the I that's speaking. So If a girl said that, the past participle would have an additional e at the end of the participle to indicate a feminine subject: Je suis allée. Another important peculiarity of aller is its use in constructing the near future. Combine the present tense of aller + the infinitive of an action verb to make the near future, or le futur proche. The construction means "to be going to" or "to be going to do something". Common French Expressing Using 'Aller' French Expression English Translation aller à la pêche to go fishing aller à la rencontre de quelqu'un to go meet someone aller à pied to go on foot aller à quelqu'un to be becoming, to suit aller au-devant de quelqu'un to go meet someone aller au fond des choses to get to the bottom of things aller avec quelque chose to match; to go with something aller chercher to go get; to get; to fetch aller de pair avec to go hand in hand with aller en voiture to go by car aller sans dire; ça va sans dire to go without saying; that goes without saying Allez-y! Go ahead! Allons donc! Come on then! Allons-y ! Let's go! Ça va ? Comment allez-vous ? Comment vas-tu ? How are you? On y va ? Shall we go? On y va ! Let's go! s'en aller to go away Continue Reading Learn How to Conjugate the French Verb 'Aller' How Do You Conjugate "Passer" (to Pass) in French? All about Être, a French Super Verb How to Use Vivre in French Expressions What Are the Rules of French's Future Tense? Auxiliary Verbs: French Grammar and Pronunciation Glossary Conjugating the French Verb "Naître" (to be Born) French Verbs That Take 'Être' as Their Auxiliary Verb Idiomatic French Expressions Using Mettre Learn the Simple Conjugations for "Tomber" (to Fall) Learn How "Descendr" Is Conjugated in French To Return: How to Conjugate "Retourner" in French Conjugations of the French Verb 'Sortir' (to Exit) You Won't "Hurt" Yourself Conjugating "Blesser" Learning How to Conjugate 'Dire' (to Say) How Do You Use French Semi-Auxiliary Verbs?