Dormir, to sleep, is an irregular verb but not a very difficult one to learn. It can be used in several colloquial expressions similar to our English ones: to sleep soundly, to sleep like a baby, and so on, but these are not literal translations of the English equivalents. I have included some of them in sentences.
Je dors – I sleep, I am sleeping
Tu dors – you sleep, you are sleeping (singular, familiar)
Il dort – he/it sleeps, he/it is sleeping
Elle dort – she/it sleeps, she/it is sleeping
Nous dormons – we sleep, we are sleeping
Vous dormez – you sleep, you are sleeping (polite, plural)
Ils dorment – they sleep, they are sleeping (m.)
Elles dorment – they sleep, they are sleeping (f.)
PERFECT TENSE (PASSE COMPOSE)
J’ai dormi – I have slept, I slept, I did sleep
Tu as dormi – you have slept, you slept, you did sleep
Il a dormi – he/it has slept, he/it slept, he did sleep
Elle a dormi – she/it has slept, she/it slept, she did sleep
Nous avons dormi – we have slept, we slept, we did sleep
Vous avez dormi – you have slept, you slept, you did sleep
Ils ont dormi – they have slept, they slept, they did sleep
Elles ont dormi – they have slept, they slept, they did sleep
Je dormirai debout. – I won’t be able to keep my eyes open.
Tu n’en dormiras pas. – You will be losing sleep over it.
Il dormira sur ses deux oreilles. – He will sleep very soundly.
Elle dormira tranquille. – She will sleep safely.
Nous ne dormirons pas de la nuit.– We won’t sleep all night.
Vous dormirez comme un bienheureux. – You will sleep like a baby.
Ils dormiront à poings fermés. – They will sleep soundly.
Elles dormiront tard demain. – They will sleep in tomorrow.
Je dormais quand tu es rentré. – I was sleeping when you came home.
Je dormirais tard si je ne devais pas travailler. – I would sleep in if I didn’t have to work.
dors – sleep (tu form)
dormons – let’s sleep
dormez – sleep (vous form)
Il faut que je dorme. – I must sleep.
With thanks to Elizabeth Allen
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