How to use and conjugate ouvrir | With audio

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The French verb ouvrir means “to open”. Like its English equivalent, it’s open to many different possibilities when it comes to meanings and uses. Let’s open our minds and learn more about the verb ouvrir! What does ouvrir mean? The verb ouvrir  usually means “to open”. As in English, this can be used literally or …


The essential guide to conjugating and using the French verb “servir”

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Servir (to serve.) Such a helpful French verb…well, not exactly. Because service goes both ways. Not only might you be served by someone or use something to help you accomplish a task; you may also be doing the serving or even be used (manipulated) by someone! This dichotomy is also a way to remember that …


The essential guide to French stem-changing verbs

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Stem-changing verbs or boot verbs are regular verbs whose root (radical)’s spelling changes in certain conjugations and with certain subjects. Stem-changing verbs end in -yer; or in é +consonant + -er; or with e + consonant + -er. Verbs ending in    -eter or in -eler also change stems. Despite the fact that they don’t exactly …


Everything you’ve ever wanted to know about the French verb “vouloir”

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Vouloir means “to want’ in French. That means it can convey a demand or desire – but it’s also used to convey the total opposite: an ultra-polite request. Want to learn more about this two-sided verb? I want nothing more than to help you. How to conjugate vouloir Vouloir is an irregular verb. It’s conjugated …


The ultimate guide to the French verb aller (to go)

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Aller means “to go” in English. As in English, it’s used in lots of different ways, including as part of a verb tense. Want to learn more about aller? Allons-y! How to conjugate aller Aller is an irregular verb that’s conjugated with être. This means you’ll have to memorize its conjugations and also be sure …