Basic French Verbs

10 Basic French Verbs

In this lesson you will learn 10 besic albeit probably the most important and the most frequent French verbs.

It is always wise to start learning any language by trying to master the most frequent verbs as they they allow to express the most important needs.

The list below doesn’t include the two key verbs in most of the languages: to be: être, and to have: avoir. These verbs have a separate article dedicated to their meaning and their conjugation.

These verbs are also the most useful for a tourist or someone going to France and who would like to know the basis.

 

pouvoir

can / be able to

Je peux le faire. I can do it.

devoir

must / need to

Je dois parler français. I need to speak French.

vouloir

to want

Je veux aller en France. I want to go to France.

savoir

to know

Je ne sais pas quoi dire. I don’t know what to say.

dire

to say

Je dis ce que je pense. I say what I think.

aller

to go

Je vais à Paris. I’m going to France.

faire

to do

Tu fais du sport. You are doing sports.

prendre

to take

Je prends un taxi. I’m taking a taxi.

donner

to give

Je vous donne 10 €. I’m giving you 10 euros.

comprendre

to understand

Je ne comprends pas. I don’t understand.

Exercises

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