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Conjugation of the verb avoir

Conjugation of the verb avoir


Students and their parents will practice pronouncing the conjugation of the French verb avoir ("to have") and will understand the two-column format of verb conjugations. They will know the difference between the pronouns and the verb forms (infinitive and conjugated forms) when looking at the conjugated verb.

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The French verb "avoir" is a very common verb and because is is an irregular verb, it is necessary to memorize each of the conjugated forms.


Let's begin with the INFINITIVE which can be though of as the verb's name.  When you write the conjugation of verbs in French, you begin with the infinitive form at the top in the middle.  Then you write the singular forms of the verb in the left-hand column in order, starting with je (" I ").  You first write the pronoun (je, tu il, elle, on) and then you write the conjugated form of the verb.


J' ai  (Note that because this verb begins with a vowel,          (I have)

the "e" of je is replaced by an apostrophe,

creating a contraction like "I've" in English for "I have".)

Tu as  (You have - designating one person, not a group)

Il (He has)

Elle a (She has)

On a (One has)

Then, in the right-hand column, you write the plural forms of the verb in order.  Begin with the pronouns (nous, vous, ils, elles) and then write the conjugated form of the verb.

                                      Nous avons (We have)

                                      Vous avez (You have- designating a group of people)

                                       Ils ont (They have - designating a group of males or a mixed group)

                                       Elles ont (They have - designating a group of females)

Voilà!!  There you have it, the complete conjugation of the verb  "avoir" in the present tense.



Conjugez le verbe avoir

C'est l'heure de pratiquer!  (It's time to practice!)

Complète les phrases suivantes avec la forme correcte du verbe avoir. (Complete each of the following sentences with the correct form of the verb "avoir".)

1.  Tu _____ dix ans aujourd'hui ...bon anniversaire!

2.  Il __  mal au ventre, ce pauvre garçon.

3. J ___  beaucoup d'amis dans ma classe.

4. Vous ______ trop d'affaires dans cette valise!

5. On ___ trois chiens qui sont très mignons.

6.  Monique  ___  un petit frère qui s'appelle Luc. (elle)

7. Nous _______ une belle voiture rouge.

8.  Tu ____  raison de bien travailler à l'école.

9.  Bruno et Baptiste, ils _____ deux petites soeurs.

10.  Elles ______ de beaux yeux, n'est-ce pas?

Le verbe avoir

This video will help you conjugate and correctly pronounce the French verb "avoir" which, in English means "to have".

Les Verbes

This slideshow will help you understand the difference between regular and irregular French verbs.