French Voir, Coire, and Boire

Beginner French - Level A2

Overview

In Le Passé Composé, some verbs have very short irregular past participles (vu, dû, pu, bu, cru, su, lu, plu, tu). Learn how to conjugateverbs like VOIR (to see), DEVOIR (to have to), POUVOIR (to be able to), BOIRE (to drink), SAVOIR (to know), LIRE (to read), PLAIRE (to like) and TAIRE (to keep quiet) in Le Passé Composé in French.

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French Voir, Coire, and Boire

As Units progress, you will learn more and more irregular verbs. These three verbs - voir, croire, and boire - meaning “to see,” “to believe,” and “to drink,” respectively are all conjugated similarly. Below are the three conjugation tables for these verbs in the present tense. The other resources linked in this module will review these verbs separately.

 

Subject Pronoun

Voir

Meaning

Je

vois

I see

Tu

vois

You see

Il/Elle/On

voit

He/She/One sees

Nous

voyons

We see

Vous

voyez

You see

Ils/Elles

voient

They see

 

 

Subject Pronoun

Croire

Meaning

Je

crois

I believe

Tu

crois

You believe

Il/Elle/On

croit

He/She/One believes

Nous

croyons

We believe

Vous

croyez

You believe

Ils/Elles

croient

They believe

  

 

Subject Pronoun

Boire*

Meaning

Je

bois

I drink

Tu

bois

You drink

Il/Elle/On

boit

He/She/One drinks

Nous

buvons

We drink

Vous

buvez

You drink

Ils/Elles

boivent

They drink

 

*When you talk about drinking, you have to remember that we typically drink in quantities. Just like with the verb manger (to eat), we eat/drink some of something. Meaning in most contexts, we should use the partitive article, de, following these verbs. Review the partitive article in A1.1 Module 9. You will read and practice example sentences with boire in this module.

Notice the similarities between the three tables. In the first, second, third person singular, and third person plural forms, the conjugation of these three verbs begin in similar ways. The endings of each conjugation should look familiar, too. The Nous and Vous forms of these verbs need the most attention. Take a close look at how the fourth letter of Voir and Coire changes from “i” to “y” and in Boire, the third letter is a “v.”

As you learn more verbs, it’s important to see them used in context. Always take some time to review the example sentences provided and complete the short exercise provided with the module. These sentences will also help you improve your vocabulary.

Examples:

Je vois mon amie dans la rue.                        I see my friend in the street.

Tu bois du thé le matin.                                  You drink some tea every morning.

Elise croit que Mathieu aime Elizabeth.         Elise believes that Matthew loves Elizabeth.

Au bar, nous buvons de la bière.                    At the bar, we are drinking some beer.

Voyez-vous ce beau sac-à-main ?                   Do you see this beautiful purse?

Elles ne croient pas au mensonge.                 They do not believe the lie.

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Boire (to drink) — Present Tense (French verbs conjugated by Learn French With Alexa)

Directions: First, choose whether the verb voir, croire, or boire fits best in the sentence. Then conjugate the verb correctly for each question.

 

  • Vous _________ régulièrement du jus avec vos croissants ?
  • Les enfants ________ en Père Noë
  • Quand je vais à Paris, je _______ la Tour Eiffel.
  • Alex choit un boisson, et il le ______ très rapidement.
  • Allons-nous ________ le film demain ?

 

Answers and Translation

 

  • buvez / Do you regularly drink some juice with your croissants ?
  • croient / The children believe in Santa Claus.
  • vois / When I go to Paris, I see the Eiffel Tower.
  • boit / Alex chooses a drink, and he drinks it really quickly.
  • voir / Are we going to see the movie tomorrow ? *

* Voir in this answer is unconjugated because it follows the already-conjugated form of aller. Review the “Near Future Tense” in A1.2 Module 11.

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