Languages › French All About Manquer, "To Miss" Share Flipboard Email Print Jan Stromme / Getty Images French Grammar Pronunciation & Conversation Vocabulary Resources For Teachers By Staff Author Updated November 04, 2019 The French verb manquer is a regular -ER verb. It means "to miss," but can cause confusion because it is sometimes used in an unusual construction. To Miss Something Manquer + direct object means "to miss something," in the sense of not being at/on/in it J'ai manqué l'autobus. I missed the bus. Il va manquer le film. He's going to miss the movie. To Lack Manquer + de + direct object means "to lack something" Vous manquez de patience. You lack patience. Ce thé manque de lait. This tea is lacking (needs) milk. To Fail to Do Manquer + de + verb means "to fail to do something" J'ai manqué de faire mes devoirs. I didn't do my homework. Ne manque pas de m'écrire ! Be sure to write to me! (Literally, Don't fail to write...) To Miss Someone Manquer + à means "to miss a person, place, or thing,"* as in to feel the lack of it: David manque à moi. > David me manque. I miss David. Tu manques à moi. > Tu me manques. I miss you. *This is the confusing construction, because it means that in French, the person missed is the subject of the sentence, whereas in English, the person missed is the object. The French construction literally says "A is missing to Z," where in English we say "Z misses A." If you can remember to think about the literal meaning of the French construction, you should be all right. David me manque.~ David manque à moi. I miss David. ~ David is missing to me. Je manque à David. David misses me. ~ I am missing to David. Je lui manque.~ Je manque à lui. He misses me. ~ I am missing to him. Tu me manques.~ Tu manques à moi. I miss you. ~ You are missing to me. Tu nous manques.~ Tu manques à nous. We miss you. ~ You are missing to us. Cite this Article Format mla apa chicago Your Citation Author, Staff. "All About Manquer, "To Miss"." ThoughtCo, May. 12, 2021, thoughtco.com/french-verb-manquer-1368876. Author, Staff. (2021, May 12). All About Manquer, "To Miss". Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/french-verb-manquer-1368876 Author, Staff. "All About Manquer, "To Miss"." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/french-verb-manquer-1368876 (accessed July 27, 2021). copy citation How to Say "I Miss You" in French The Simple Conjugations of "Manquer" (to Miss) How to Conjugate the French Verb 'Rater' ('to Miss, Fail') The Ten Most Common Intermediate French Mistakes All About French Verbs: Aimer All About the Regular French Verb 'Laisser' ('to Leave') How to Use the French Verb 'Faillir' 'Préférer': French Verb Conjugations 'Garder' ('to Keep'): Conjugate This Regular French '-er' Verb Tirer - to Pull How to Conjugate the Irregular French '-ir' Verb 'Offir' Conjugating the French '-er' Verb 'Maquiller' ('to Make up Someone') How to Conjugate the French Regular Verb 'Montrer' ('to Show') How to Conjugate the French Verb 'Entendre' ('to Understand') How to Use the French Preposition 'de': Using the French Verb "Arriver"