Verb être (to have) in the present tense in French

French lesson 2 of conjugation: verb avoir (to have) in the present tense in French

Verb avoir (to have) in the present tense in French
From the start of your learning of French, it is imperative to learn to conjugate the verb avoir (to have) in the present tense. Indeed, the verb avoir (to have) is the 2nd most used verb in French, both written and oral (the 1st one is the verb être (to be)). So it is very important to know how to conjugate it. At first, this will allow you to make very simple sentences. This will allow you to introduce yourself. For example, you will be able to express your age: “J’ai (your age).”. “J’ai” means “I have”. Please note that in French, we use the verb to have to express our age and not the verb to be like in English. That is a common mistake made by English native speakers or people who learn English before French to use the verb to be in French to express their age. Thus, memorize that in French you have to use the verb “to have” to express your age.  In addition, “to have” is one of the two auxiliaries in French (the other is “être” = “to be”). Thus, “avoir” also serves to form the tenses made up of certain verbs. So it will be very useful for you to progress in French. The video below will teach you how to conjugate the verb avoir (to have) in the present tense in French
Thanks to this video and this article, you will learn how to conjugate the verb avoir (to have) in the present tense in French. To learn the conjugation of the verb to have in the present tense in French according to the personal pronouns subjects (je, tu, il, elle, nous, vous, ils, elles = I, you, he, she, we, you, they), when the teacher says “J’ai”, say “J’ai”, when the teacher says “Tu as”, say “Tu as”, when the teacher says “Il a”, says “Il a”, etc., until to “Elles ont”. Thus, you will be able to understand well orally (listening) and to well pronounce (speaking) the conjugation of the verb avoir (to have) in the present tense in French. To do well, watch the video several times, repeating after the teacher. To write and read well this conjugation, copy the list below several times:

J’ai = I have
Tu as = You have
Il a / Elle a / On a = He has / She has / It has
Nous avons = We have
Vous avez = You have
Ils ont / Elles ont = They have

We strongly recommend that you memorize the conjugation of the verb avoir (to have) in the present tense in French, both orally and in writing.

As the conjugation of the verb avoir (to have) varies according to the personal pronoun subject, we recommend that you consult the article on personal pronouns subjects in French. In addition to the written explanations, this article presents an explanatory video on the personal pronouns subject in French.

To learn how to use the verb avoir (to have) in the present tense in French in context and learn to make simple sentences with the verb avoir in the present tense, you can study the French course: learn to introduce yourself, the French course: learn to introduce someone, the French course: learn to describe yourself physically and the French course: learn to describe a person.


Once you have correctly mastered this conjugation lesson for the verb to have in the present tense in French, you can move on to the next French conjugation lesson:


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