French The Verb "to go"

Beginner French - Level A1

Overview

The French verb aller means to go and is one of the most common verbs in the French language. The conjugation of aller in the present tense is: Je vais (I go), Tu vas (You go, familiar), Il, elle va (He, she goes), Nous allons (We go), Vous allez (You go, plural and formal), Ils, elles vont (They go). The verb aller is irregular in the present tense. Listen carefully to the pronunciation of the -s in the plural forms nous andvous forms. This -s is pronounced as a /z/ to link with the vowel sound in the plural forms allons and allez.

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Aller - to go

Aller, meaning “to go” is one of the most common verbs in French. It’s an irregular verb, meaning its conjugation is unique and doesn’t follow any specific grouping pattern. Aller is also used to describe the near future tense (You are going to do something), which you will learn in Module 11.

Below is the conjugation chart for aller with example sentences:

Subject Pronoun

Aller

Meaning

Example

Translation

Je

vais

I am going

Je vais à la campagne.

I’m going to the countryside.

Tu

vas

You are going

Tu vas à la plage.

You are going to the beach.

Il/Elle/On

va

He/She/One is going

Elle va avec ses amis.

She is going with her friends.

Nous

allons

We are going

Nous allons à l’université en août.

We are going to college in August.

Vous

allez

You are allez

Vous allez à l’usine pour la journée.

You are going to the factory for the day.

Ils/Elles

vont

They are going

Ils vont en vacances à Nice pour une semaine.

They are going on vacation to Nice for a week.

 

Notes :

  • In the negative form, ne and pas must sandwich the conjugated verb in the sentence.

            On ne va pas dans les rues après minuit.

            One doesn’t go in the streets past midnight.

  • As we learn new verbs and begin to create more complex sentences, don’t forget the difference between Tu and Vous. Remember that Tu refers to one person in the informal speaking register; this means that the one person you are talking to is a friend, family member, or someone you speak regularly with. Vous is used in the formal register and is the go-to pronoun for a stranger, a work colleague, or an elder. It can also be plural when speaking to a group of people.
  • When practicing your pronunciation, create a liaison between Nous and allons, as well as between Vous and allez. This liaison will take a /z/ sound.
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Aller (to go) — Present Tense (French verbs conjugated by Learn French With Alexa)

Directions: Conjugate aller for the following sentences. Remember to first identify the subject pronoun.

  1. Je _______ au supermarché pour acheter des fruits.
  2. La père a crié: “Tu ne _______ pas ce soir!”
  3. ____-vous à la fête ce samedi ?
  4. Les femmes ______ parler au juge.
  5. Est-ce qu’elle _______ avec lui?

Answers and Translation:

  1. vais / I am going to the supermarket in order to buy some fruits.
  2. vas / The father shouted: “You are not going tonight!”
  3. Allez / Are you going to the party this Saturday?
  4. vont / The women are going to talk to the judge.
  5. va / Is it that (Is)she is going with him?

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