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French Verb To Have – avoir

The French verb to have, namely "avoir" in French, is probably the 2nd most used verb after "être". You will very often use it, when starting to pronounce your first sentences in French.

First, we will study its conjugation, then how to pronounce it, when to use it, and finally give some expressions & proverbs using this French verb. Let's go !

Conjugation of French verb to have

The French verb to have is an auxiliary, just like "être". For this reason, it has quite a few particularities, which makes it more difficult than other regular French verbs. Anyway, you will come across those exceptions so many times that they will very soon sound familiar enough!

Let's concentrate on the three most commonly used tenses : present, perfect ("passé composé") and future. We have designed those conjugation worksheet for each, feel free to reuse and share it. Click on the images themselves to open them in a bigger format, save them to your computer or print them.

Do you need more details on each of those tenses for "to have" in French ? Then have a look at their dedicated pages : present tense to be, perfect tense to be, future tense to be.

Pronunciation of French verb to have

Let's focus in this section on the pronunciation of the French verb to have.

  • J'ai : é ou è
  • Tu as : a
  • nous avons : nous - za - von
  • vous avez : vou - za - vé
  • Ils ont : il - zon
  • j'avais: ja - vé
  • j'aurai : jo - ré

You see, it was not that much difficult ! By mastering around 10 different sounds, you will be able to survive in the French verbs pronunciation landscape. With a little practice, you will get it!.

Use of French verb to have

The French verb to have is used in many different ways.

To express the ownership of something, an object :

  • J'ai une voiture
  • J'ai 3 enfants.

As an auxiliaire :

  • J'ai acheté une voiture la semaine passée.

Expressions / Proverbs using French verb to have

  • Avoir du courage.
  • L'envie d'avoir envie.
  • Je ne suis pas sur que vous ayez raison.

Serious about learning French verbs pronunciation ? Then you have to try the Audio Verb Conjugator, you will find more than the French verb to have .

Two different French teachers have registered in high-quality audio files more than 200 French verbs. Each verb comes with a male and male voice, which makes it quite unique on the French language learning scene !

About the Author yannick

Born in Paris where he has spent more than 30 years, Yannick is a French native speaker now based in Ireland. His interest in learning foreign languages comes from his Italian grand-father, his Spanish wife and his Japanese sister-in-law. Teaching French has been a passion since his early twenties when he spent countless hours exchanging with international students.

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