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Do we need to use avoir or être? Choose the correct form.

  1. Pierre 13 ans.[Pierre is 13 years old.]|In French, age is expressed with avoir (have).
  2. Elles petites.[They are small.]|Être (be) comes before adjectives.
  3. Nous un vélo.[We have a bicycle.]|Possession is expressed with avoir (have).
  4. Est-ce que tu faim?[Are you hungry?]|Hunger is expressed with avoir (have) in French.
  5. Je française.[I am French.]|Nationality is expressed with être (be).

Complete the sentences with the correct form of each verb in the present.

  1. Claire (manger)  un bonbon.[Claire is eating a bonbon.]|3rd person singular: We remove the ending -er and add e.
  2. Vous (voyager)  en train.[You’re travelling by train.]|2nd person plural: We remove the ending -er and add ez.
  3. Ils n'(habiter)  pas ici.[They don’t live here.]|3rd person plural: We remove the ending -er and add ent.
  4. Est-ce que tu (apprendre)  le français?[Are you learning French?]|2nd person singular: We remove the ending -re and add s.
  5. Je ne (comprendre)  pas.[I don’t understand.]|1st person singular: We remove the ending -re and add s.

Complete the sentences with the correct form of each verb in the present. Don’t forget about the exceptions in the construction.

  1. Le garçon (aller)  à l’école.[The boy goes to school.]|Aller is an irregular verb. See the list of irregular verbs.
  2. Comment tu (s’appeler) ?[What’s your name?]|For verbs ending in -eler, the final consonant is doubled before a silent e.
  3. Je (peser)  le sucre.[I weigh the sugar.]|An unvoiced e in the word root receives a grave accent in its conjugated forms (except the 1st and 2nd person plural forms).
  4. Est-ce que vous (boire)  un thé?[Are you drinking tea?]|Boire is an irregular verb. See the list of irregular verbs.
  5. Mon amie (savoir)  jouer du piano.[My friend can play the piano.]|Savoir is an irregular verb. See the list of irregular verbs.