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How to Use Infinitives and Conjugations in French

An infinitive is a verb form in which no one is performing the action. In English, the word to always precedes the infinitive; for example, to speak and [more…]

How to Conjugate Regular French Verbs

To simplify things, French has classified regular verbs into three types, based on the ending of their infinitives. Think of all the things you can possibly do in one day. That’s also a lot of verbs to [more…]

How to Conjugate a Few Moody French Regular -er Verbs

With so many French verbs being -er verbs, you can imagine that they don’t all follow the pattern with the same level of obedience. The good news is that they all [more…]

How to Conjugate Irregular –ir French Verbs

Many verbs have an -ir ending, but not all of them play nice! Some verbs don’t follow the regular patterns. They are irregular, and many of them actually don’t follow much of a pattern at all! [more…]

How to Conjugate the Irregular French Verbs Être, Avoir, Aller, and Faire

In French and in English, the verbs être (to be), avoir (to have), aller (to go), and faire (to do) are probably the most used verbs of our repertoire, which is also why they have become so twisted. Like [more…]

How to Conjugate French Helper Verbs

The French verbs pouvoir (can/to be able to), vouloir (to want), and devoir(must/to have to) are important because they function as helper verbs in combination with another verb. In that case, the helper [more…]

How to Conjugate the Irregular French Verbs Lire, Dire, and Conduire

The meanings of the French verbs lire (to read), dire (to say/tell), and conduire (to drive) have nothing in common. However, they have a similar irregularity, so if you group them together, you may have [more…]

How to Conjugate the Irregular French Verbs Écrire and Mettre

Two common French verbs: écrire (to write) and mettre (to put) misbehave very much like the irregular verbs lire, dire, and conduire, but for one small difference that sets them in a different group. [more…]

How to Conjugate the Irregular French Verbs Prendre, Apprendre, and Comprendre

The French verbs prendre (to take), apprendre (to learn), and comprendre (to understand) may come in handy to you. How can you say that you don’t understand if you can’t conjugate [more…]

How to Conjugate the Irregular French Verbs Voir and Croire

The French verbs voir (to see) and croire (to believe) are alone in their group of irregular verbs, although the particularity of their conjugation makes them somewhat akin to regular but moody [more…]

How to Form a Question in French Using Est-Ce Que

In French, you can ask a question in a couple of different ways. In English, when you ask a yes/no question in present tense, you typically begin with [more…]

How to Form a Question in French Using Inversion

Using inversion to ask a question in French requires a little tweaking in the order of the words of the statement. The subject pronoun and the verb get swapped around [more…]

How to Answer a Yes/No Question in French

Questions often start with Do you . . . in English, and short answers often use that very same helper verb: I do or I don’t. French doesn’t use an auxiliary to ask a question, so there’s no such thing [more…]

How to Ask for Specific Information with French Question Words

Sometimes you need to know how to say more than a simple yes or no in French; you may want to know when or where something happened and who came and what they did. In this case, you need to use an information [more…]

How to Ask What in French with Qu’est-ce Que and Qu’est-ce Qui

The difference between asking Qu’est-ce que tu veux? (What do you want?) in French and Qu’est-ce qui est arrivé? (What happened?) is a matter of whether the interrogative [more…]

When to Use Quel in a French Question

Quel is an interrogative French adjective that means which or what. Like most adjectives, it has four forms: masculine singular (quel) and plural (quels [more…]

How to Ask "Who?" in French

The French equivalents of who are qui, qui est-ce qui, and qui est-ce que. The choice between the forms depends on whether qui is the subject or object of the verb. [more…]

How to Include Prepositions in French Questions

In French, the preposition must come at the very beginning of the question, before qui if it’s a who question and before quoi if it’s a what question. With questions such as [more…]

How to Express Surprise and Enthusiasm with Exclamations in French

French exclamatory expressions often use interrogative words, like quel (what + noun), que(how + adjective), and quoi (what), as well as other expressions like [more…]

French Adverbs of Time, Place, and Quantity

French adverbs can be sorted into three categories, based on which question they answer: when, where, and how much. You’ve encountered these very common words [more…]

How to Form French Regular Adverbs of Manner

Most French adverbs of manner are derived from an adjective. For example, lent (slow) gives the adverb lentement (slowly). To form an adverb of manner, take the feminine singular form of the adjective [more…]

How to Form Irregular French Adverbs of Manner

Some French adverbs of manner take a route that’s different from the usual one, and some adverbs of manner are completely irregular. Sometimes, an adverb of manner is not formed directly from the feminine [more…]

How to Position French Adverbs in Sentences

Depending on whether they modify a verb, an adverb, or an adjective, French adverbs move around quite a bit in the sentence. In English, adverbs are sometimes placed right after the subject of the verb [more…]

The Basics of Comparing Two Elements in French

A basic comparison in French starts with an element (either an adjective, a verb, or an adverb) and the type of comparison (more, less, or as): [more…]

How to Make French Comparisons with Adjectives

When you start a comparison in French, you can say that someone is more or less of a quality, using être(to be) and an adjective. When you describe something as [more…]

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