Questions tagged [verbes]

Questions d'ordre général sur les verbes. Pour des verbes spécifiques, l'étiquette *vocabulaire* peut être préférable.

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What is the difference in using “Il est retard” and “Il est en retard”?

What is the difference in using "Il est retard" and "Il est en retard"? If they are same, then how and why the two forms? I am new to French.
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Is it correct to say “dois-je” in a discussion?

I was talking with someone that gave me a form to fill, and I asked him: "Quand dois-je le retourner?" I feel like using "dois-je" in a normal discussion is odd and hard to ...
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What is the difference in using “nous étudiions pendant des heures” and “nous étudiions des heures”

What is the difference in using nous étudiions pendant des heures and nous étudiions des heures? What is the difference in using pendant?
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Was “être égaré” used in nautical contexts before 1600?

The Spanish expression al garete means literally "to drift" or even "to sink" depending on the context (among other figurative meanings). The Royal Spanish Academy considers the ...
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Pourquoi les youtubeurs disent-ils “je vais vous partager…” ?

Pourquoi les youtubeurs disent-ils "je vais vous partager quelque chose" au lieu de dire "je vais partager quelque chose avec vous" ? Bien que le sens soit proche de "je vais ...
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Meaning of the verb 'servir' in the Genesis 11

"Tout le monde se servait d’une même langue et des mêmes mots." FR "Now the whole world had one language and a common speech." EN What is the meaning of the verb 'senvir' in the ...
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In the following sentence, is “finissions” in the imperfect indicative, in the present subjunctive, or in the imperfect subjunctive?

Maman, tu nous avais promis de nous acheter une glace, si nous finissions nos devoirs avant cinq heures ! In the above sentence, is the verb finir in the imperfect indicative, in the present ...
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Why je avoir is abbreviated as j'ai rather than j'av or j'avi

For another example; Why Faire's abbreviation as fait? What causes these abbreviations? I know what makes; H muet, vowel but Faire ends with "e" not with a consonant. what about that? These ...
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Quelle serait une tournure plus soignée qui exprimerait la même idée que «Tu t’arranges pour faire la manchette »?

Il est surtout question du verbe «s’arranger », lequel ne semble point convenir selon le contexte. Je cherche un verbe équivalent, un verbe qui s’adapterait bien dans la phrase et qui serait ...
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Quels sont les verbes à employer devant « algorithme » ?

En anglais, nous dirions, "to run an algorithm". J'aimerais connaître la liste de tous les verbes que l'on peut employer dans ce groupe verbal. À ma connaissance il y a : Lancer un ...
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Différence entre le verbe être et suivre à la première personne au présent de l'indicatif

Cela peut sembler étrange, mais existe-t-il une manière de différencier quand est-ce le verbe être est utilisé comparativement au verbe suivre, au présent de l'indicatif. Dans les deux cas, ça s'...
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Is pas and non plus separated in dual verb constructions?

I want to say "I can't work here either" in French. Should I say "Je ne peux pas non plus travailler ici" or "Je ne peux pas travailler ici non plus" What are the rules ...
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Quelles sont les nuances entre « accorder du temps », « accorder de votre temps », « offrir du temps » et « offrir de votre temps »?

Contexte. Dans le sens de « passer du temps avec quelqu’un dans le but de l’aider alors que l’obligation n’y est pas » Je vous remercie de m’avoir accordé du temps/de votre temps. Je vous remercie de ...
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Réchauffer vs chauffer

I have heard the following sentence in an interview summary in https://enseigner.tv5monde.com/fiches-pedagogiques-fle/quel-monde-voulons-nous : Alors que les inégalités se multiplient, que la terre ...
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Difference between “Retirer”, “Enlever” and “Supprimer”

I was wondering in terms of collocation and word choice, how a French speaker use these verbs. Would someone explain the difference between the verbs "Retirer", "Enlever" and "Supprimer" in contexts ?...
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Quelle tournure est correcte « Je dois renouveler ma prescription » ou « Je dois faire renouveler ma prescription »?

En parlant d’une prescription/ordonnance médicale. Si les deux se disent, quelle est la nuance? Merci.
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Dans la construction verbale « V + Inf » suivante peut -on insérer « pour » et si oui quel est l'effet produit ?

J'ai lu dans mon livre de grammaire qu'après certains verbes, si un autre verbe suit, il faut l'utiliser à l'infinitif et directement à la suite. Par exemple: Il est sorti acheter du pain Mais, ...
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What tense is 'I have been'?

I want to say the following in French: I have been listening to the audio you sent all day. I'm having difficulty forming the French equivalent and my difficulty lies in me not knowing what tense I ...
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Is it common to use “lancer” to talk about an on-going action?

I have heard "lancer un calcul" as in a way of saying "run a calculation" in informatics. Is this common? Can it be used in other environments? For example: Could I say that I have ...
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Différence entre les verbes tenter, tâcher, et essayer [de faire qch]

Je suppose qu'ils veulent exprimer « un effort/essai » d'une manière légèrement différente mais j'ignore comment et à quel point. Alors, c'est quoi la différence entre eux ?
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La différence entre “chercher” et “rechercher” [duplicate]

Comme le titre dit, c'est quoi la différence entre "chercher" et "rechercher" en terme de signification. Exemples : si vous recherchez une mission. si vous cherchez une mission.
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Octroire or Octroyer

Is it correct to say: "Pour octroire à quelqu'un la totalité des privilèges administratifs" I found this sentence in an official documentation and I wonder if this is correct.
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Conger vs Partir

As I understand it, both of these mean "to leave" but there must be some subtle differences. Can anyone tell me what they are and when you would use one over the other?
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Why does “iront au pas” mean “will walk”?

So I know that ils iront means they will go but I can't seem to get why iront au pas mean they will walk. I'll appreciate your help greatly!
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Quelle est la différence entre “rédiger” et “écrire” ?

Quand utiliser le verbe rédiger et quand utiliser le verbe écrire? quand je peux les échanger
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Prepositions before infinitives? … “to come back from injury”

To come back from injury to run a marathon, and to run a personal best to boot - it's just incredible! I'm just wondering how to structure this in French - I imagine you would also use the infinitive,...
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Why are there no AR verbs?

Spanish has 3 types of verbs, ar, er, and ir. French has 3 types: er, ir, and re. It looks like French shifted the verb to the right phonetically (if Spanish had a 4th re category, and I mean the ...
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se faire harceler vs être harcelé

I have heard the following sentence in the TV series Marseille: Je me fais harceler de toutes parts. Context: The president of a soccer club has just died and the club's financial director is being ...
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When to use the reflexive form of a verb?

I came across the phrase “je me suis assoupi”, whose translation I found to be “I dozed off”. Now, I know that a reflexive verb is used qhen the object and the doer (subject) are the same as in “I ...
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“Je te le souhaite” vs “je l'espère”

I have heard the following dialogue in the TV series Marseille: Je sais très bien ce que je fais. Je te le souhaite. The English subtitle translation of the last line is "I hope so". What is the ...
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Acheter vs racheter

I have read the definition of "racheter" in the Larousse dictionary and understood that the "r" prefix means "to do again". However, I have read the following dialogue in the TV series Narcos: Qu'...
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What does “en train” mean?

I am using Duolingo to learn French at the moment and sometimes it asks me to translate an English phrase into French with multiple options, one using "en train" and one not (often I'm marked as ...
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Pourquoi devrait-on utiliser 'lavent' dans cette phrase ?

J'ai suivi un cours particulier et l'enseignante m'a demandé : Qui lave vos chiens ? J'ai répondu : Il n'y a personne qui les lave. Elle m'a corrigé avec : Il n'y a personne qui les lavent. ...
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Help understanding “l’inversion absolue”

I read this sentence in an article by Le Monde: Figurent également des dates, dont 1786 et 1787, correspondant à peu près aux années de construction des différentes batteries qui protégeaient la ...
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Does French have modal verbs?

I was reading about English modal verbs a few days ago, and on the same page the author pointed out that the French don't have modal verbs. Fair enough. They don't have the equivalent of our "shall" ...
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Quelle différence entre colorier / coloriser / colorer?

Quelle est la différence entre les verbes colorier / coloriser / colorer ? Ils ont tous une signification extrêmement proche (voire identique). Quelles différences peuvent être faites et dans ...
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What type of grammar is font-ils?

I don't know how one calls this "thing", but want to know the name, so I can look it up.
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Why does éteindre use être in passé composé when applied reflexively? [duplicate]

I was doing a Duolingo French dialogue exercise and came across the following sentence (last one): This would translate as "Oh no! The light has gone out", right? Why is éteindre here used with être? ...
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Why is s'abonner reflexive?

When it comes to reflexive verbs, I always thought that they were only used with actions that make the subject an object, too. Anyway, there are some exceptions to that rule, e.g. se régaler or s'...
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Implicit subject of “est” rendering “c'est” unnecessary?

Can one say, e.g., Est un avocat. to mean the same thing as C'est un avocat. ? One can say "È un avvocato" in Italian or "Es abogado." in Spanish, where the subject is implicitly understood ...
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Does the verb need to agree with the noun when using 'quel'?

Hi guys (I hope your Christmas season is suitably festive and enjoyable!) I just have a question regarding the use of 'quel' with agreements. When you are saying 'What progress these students have ...
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Why no “pour” in “Tu vas demander plus d'argent ?”

Here it translates to "Are you going to ask for more money", but the "for" is omitted in translation. Why is this the case and how can I tell when to drop "pour"?
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How to say “I have lived in America my whole life”

(French beginner here!) I am struggling with the verbs and verb conjugation for this translation. I think it is imperfect conjugation of habiter, so I would write J'habitais toute ma vie aux États-...
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Why is the direct object pronoun used here for promettre, instead of the “en” pronoun, to replace “de + infinitive”?

The following is an example sentence, in the grammar text I'm reading: Malheureusement, il n’a pas pu venir nous aider comme il l’ avait promis. (EDIT for strikethrough text: I didn't read the ...
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Exprimer une “recommandation conditionnelle” ou “recommandation différentielle”

Contexte : le verbe "préconiser" et la différence avec "recommander". Il me semblait que préconiser était associé à une démarche de ce que j’appellerai une "recommandation conditionnelle" ou "...
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What's the meaning of “s'emballer”? [closed]

I hear this verb quite often. Does it mean that "I've made a mistake"? Or is it really contextual? Any idea of its frequent contextual usage?
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How can you tell the difference between “il parle” and “ils parlent”?

As far as I can tell "il parle" and "ils parlent" are pronounced identically. So how can you tell the difference between them? The same goes for "elle/elles"+verb and all other verbs where the third ...
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Commander vs ordonner

Is there any difference in meaning between "commander" and "ordonner" when they mean "to give an order to somebody"? Are both usual? Example: Le professeur a commandé à l'élève de se taire. Le ...
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Why use pronominal verb such as “s'approchent de” [duplicate]

I bumped into as sentence as such: Ils s'approchent de une vendeuse My question is what is that s' doing in there. I guess it is as pronominal verb. but then the sentence would mean “They get ...
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Analyse de « tu viendras me voir »

Je me demande comment on pourrait analyser le groupe « me voir » dans la phrase « tu viendras me voir demain ». Venir étant intransitif, ce ne peut être un Cod (?).

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