Common Idiomatic Avoir Expressions

Part of the French All-in-One For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Many common French expressions use the verb avoir (to have), whereas their English translation is the verb to be. Here are some avoir expressions you should know:

  • avoir l’air (to appear)

  • avoir . . . ans (to be . . . years old)

  • avoir besoin de (to need)

  • avoir de la chance (to be lucky)

  • avoir la chance de (to be lucky to)

  • avoir chaud (to be hot)

  • avoir envie (to feel like)

  • avoir faim (to be hungry)

  • avoir froid (to be cold)

  • avoir l’habitude de (to be accustomed to)

  • avoir l’intention de (to intend to)

  • avoir mal (to hurt/be in pain)

  • avoir peur (to be afraid)

  • avoir raison (to be right)

  • avoir soif (to be thirsty)

  • avoir sommeil (to be sleepy)

  • avoir tort (to be wrong)

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