The French verb connaître means ‘to know’ in the sense of being acquainted with a person or place. It is an irregular verb mostly used in the present tense.
Pronouns are words that we use to replace nouns, for example it, him, her, us, you them. This is how to use them in French.
The French verb falloir is an unusual verb as it exists in the third person singular only, with ‘il’, meaning it. The general meaning would be ‘it is necessary’, but sometimes we can translate it as ‘we must’. It is an irregular verb.
The preposition ‘à’ can mean ‘to’, ‘at’ or ‘in’ a place, town or country. This is how to use it.
Although the French verb passer is regular, it has many different meanings.
Using the preposition ‘de’: the French word de is a preposition with several meanings: ‘of’, ‘from’, ‘about’, or ‘some’.
Devoir is another irregular verb, and it is unusual because it can mean to owe, or it can mean have to, must, ought to and should.
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Savoir is a very useful but irregular verb. It is important to distinguish between savoir and connaître: savoir means to know a fact, or to know how to do …
Negative means saying we are not or we don’t. In French a negative is made by putting ‘ne’ in front of the verb and ‘pas’ after the verb.
Vouloir, ‘to want’, is very common verb, and another irregular one. Read on to find out its use in the present, perfect, future and present subjunctive tenses.
The French verb pouvoir means ‘can’, or ‘to be able to’ – another very common verb and yes, you’ve guessed it, it is irregular. Here’s how to use it.
Most cities and large towns in the UK offer part-time classes in French at adult education centres. Here’s how to find a course near you.
The French verb venir is common but irregular, so needs to be learned thoroughly.
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Être is a very common and, unfortunately, very irregular French verb, that is worth learning thoroughly. Here are its most common uses.
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Some advice and online resources for teaching your children French
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To say sorry in French, it is possible to say pardon, désolé, je regrette, and more, but you might wish to know how to be more emphatic for more specific occasions, such as when hearing really bad news. Here we give you some useful examples which will help you in dozens of everyday situations.
What’s a TIP, or a CDD, or the CPAM? Everyday French is awash with acronyms and abbreviations. Here are some of the more frequently used examples to help you decipher what’s going on!