French The Verb "to make" "to do"

Beginner French - Level A1


Out of all of the expressions out there, the verb faire (to make/to do) is certainly featured in the most. Used in relation to everyday life, illness, social interactions and the weather, there’s rarely a conversation that goes by in which you don’t need to use the verb. The French verb faire means to do or to make, although it is also used in many idiomatic expressions with various different meanings. Faire is an irregular verb, and it is one of the few verbs that is irregular in the vous form of the present indicative (vous faites) as well as in the ils form (ils font).

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Faire - to do and to make

Faire, meaning “to do” or “to make” 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. Faire is used in a variety of French expressions which you can study in the Quizlet set for this module.

Below is the conjugation chart for faire with an example sentence:

Subject Pronoun







I am doing

I am making

Je fais le ménage.

I’m doing the housework.



You are doing

You are making

Tu fais du cheval.

You are doing some horseback riding.



He/She/One is doing

He/She/On is making

Elle fait un gâteau.

She is making a cake.



We are doing

We are making

Nous faisons une promenade.

We are taking a walk.



You are doing

You are making

Vous faites du camping en septembre.

You are doing some camping in September.



They are doing

They are making

Ils font des projets importants.

They are making some important plans.


Notes :

  • Faire is often used when referring to participation in sports or activities.
  • Look again at the following example sentence:

 Nous faisons une promenade / We are taking (take) a walk

Notice how words don’t always have to translate literally between French and English. The translation, “We are doing a walk” would be correct, but the translation is not as natural as the one provided.

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How to conjugate regular and irregular French verbs in the indicative present tense. First second and third group verbs. Comment conjuguer les verbes réguliers et irréguliers en français au présent de l'indicatif. Verbes du premier deuxième et troisième groupe. Cómo conjugar los verbos regulares e irregulares en francés conjugación en el indicativo presente. Verbos del primer segundo y tercer grupo.

Directions: Conjugate faire in the following sentences.

  1. En été, on va au lac où on _________ du bateau.
  2. Les patrons ___________ attention aux détails du travail.
  3. Nous ___________ du vélo avec notre cousin amusant.
  4. Je __________ les courses le dimanche matin.
  5. Avant un voyage, vous __________ les valises avec les vêtements essentiels.

Answers and Translation

  1. fait / In the summer, we go to the lake where we go boating.
  2. font / The bosses pay attention to the details of the work.
  3. faisons / We go biking with our fun cousin.
  4. fais/ I go shopping on Sunday mornings.
  5. faites / Before a trip, vous pack suitcases with essential clothing.

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