French For Beginners
par Olivier Malet

 

Chapter Seventeen

 

Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4
Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Chapter 11
Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Chapter 14
Chapter 15
Chapter 16
Chapter 17
Chapter 18
Chapter 19
Chapter 20
Chapter 21
Chapter 22
Chapter 23
Chapter 24
Chapter 25
Chapter 26
Chapter 27
Chapter 28

 

 

 

> The verb ‘Sortez’ is a type 2 verb adding the consonant ‘t’ for the plural

  • Je sors : I go out / I am going out
  • Tu sors : You go out …
  • Il, elle sort : He, she goes out
  • Nous sortons : We go out
  • Vous sortez : You go out
  • Ils, elles sortent : They go out

> Other verbs following the same pattern are:

  • Partez! Pars! Leave!
  • Ne mentez pas! Ne mens pas! Don’t lie! (truth)

> The verb ‘lisez’ is a type 2 verb adding the consonant ‘s’ for the plural (the sound is / z /)  

  • Je lis: I read / I am reading
  • Tu lis : You read …
  • Il, elle lit : He, she reads
  • Nous lisons : We read
  • Vous lisez : You read
  • Ils, elles lisent : They read

> Other verbs following the same pattern are:

  • Traduisez! Traduis! Translate!
  • Conduisez! Conduis! Drive!
  • Construisez! Construis! Build!
  • Détruisez! Détruis! Destroy!

Exercise: Translate orally in English

  • Vous lisez beaucoup! You read a lot!
  • Elles conduisent mal! They drive badly!
  • Nous construisons ici! We build here!
  • Ne détruis pas tout! Don’t destroy everything!
  • Je traduis très bien! I translate very well!
  • Sors tout de suite! Go out right away!
  • Tu lis très vite! You read very fast!
  • Ne partez pas tout de suite! Don’t leave right away!
  • Ne lisez pas tout tout de suite! Don’t read everything right away!
  • Tu conduis très bien! You drive very well!
  • Tu mens! You’re lying!
  • Tu écris trop lentement! You write too slowly!

 

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