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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Get out of Here! How to Use and Conjugate Sortir like a Local

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Sortir (to get out) is a verb full of exceptions.  It’s irregular, and it can have either être or avoir  as an auxiliary verb, depending on the meaning you want to convey. Like that one friend we all know, it may be complicated, but it’s also really helpful.  So, let’s take a closer look at …

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Don’t Study French Grammar, Do This Instead!

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If you studied French at school, your teacher probably asked you to learn the conjugation of the verb “avoir” and “être” by heart at some point. He told you that’s necessary, because “you can’t master the French language without learning grammar rules”. Considering that the majority of students who learn languages this way fail, I’d argue that …

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The 2 Words You Need to Create Negative Sentences in French

negation in French

Turning a positive French sentence into a negative one is pretty straightforward. In most cases, all you need to do is add “ne” before the verb and “pas” after it. As often though, this doesn’t work in 100% of cases. Today, you’ll discover how to create a negative French sentence, be it in the present …

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