French Prendre "to take"


Prendre means “to take” and is an irregular verb. Prendre is a verb with a lot of meanings. However, the most important ones will be mentioned in this lesson.

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Prendre, meaning “to take” is another common irregular verb. Below is the conjugation table with example sentences.

Subject PronounPrendreMeaningExampleTranslation
JeprendsI take I am takingJe prends le métro.I take the metro.
TuprendsYou take You are takingTu prends mon numéro de téléphone.You take my telephone number.
Il/Elle/OnprendHe/She/One takes He/She/On is takingElle prend la dernière chose.She takes the last thing.
NousprenonsWe take We are takingNous prenons un verre ce soir.We are having a drink tonight.
VousprenezYou take You are takingVous prenez votre chien au vétérinaire.You are taking your chien to the veterinarian.
Ils/EllesprennentThey take They are takingIls prennent leurs idées au chef.They take their ideas to the boss.

See the Quizlet module for expressions that use prendre.


Mathieu et son frère prennent du poids pendant les vacances.

Matthew and his brother gain weight during vacation.

Lucile prend son temps quand elle fait son travail.

Lucile takes her time when she does her work.

Nous prenons à droite dans quelques minutes.

We are taking a right in a couple minutes.

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