The Essential Guide to the French Subjunctive

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Make a wish, demand, statement of uncertainty, or even simply say that something is the best you’ve ever seen or done. If you were speaking French, you probably used the subjunctive. The subjunctive can be a tricky tense for non-native French speakers, for two main reasons: Not all languages have this mood, or use it …

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Faire Conjugation: How to Use the Common French Verb

When it comes to French verbs, faire is one of the most important to learn. The fourth most frequently used verb by the French

When it comes to French verbs, faire is one of the most important to learn. The fourth most frequently used verb by the French, it essentially means “to do” or “to make”. It’s also present in a number of important phrasal verbs and common expressions. In addition to being a big, important verb, faire is …

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Avoir: How to Use and Conjugate the Essential French Verb

avoir is the most common auxiliary (helping) verb in French. It’s used to conjugate most other French verbs in the passé composé and other compound tenses.

Avoir is the French verb that means “to have”. But it has so much more than that going for it! For one thing, as you probably know already, avoir is the most common auxiliary (helping) verb in French. It’s used to conjugate most other French verbs in the passé composé and other compound tenses. That …

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Everything You Need to Know About être, the Most Common French Verb

Être doesn’t just mean “to be"

Être (to be) is the most common verb in the French language. But that probably doesn’t surprise you. From the time you start learning French, you see, hear, and learn to use and conjugate it.  Of course, like most frequently-used verbs, être comes with a  lot of exceptional rules and even unexpected  uses. Some of …

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All About “Mettre”, One of the Most Underrated French Verbs

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As French verbs go, mettre isn’t the most exciting. It’s got practical definitions, it isn’t living a double life, and it doesn’t immediately evoke big, thrilling feelings like inspiration.  But mettre might also be one of the most underrated verbs in French. It’s used in so many ways and in so many expressions that it’s …

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