Introduction to verbs
A verb is a doing or being word, saying what someone or something does, or is. Many words do not seem to fit this definition, words such as can, must, have, will, am, is, and a whole host of others, so make sure you do know properly what a verb is. It is very important that you can identify verbs, as they are the most important words in any sentence.
You can join two or three verbs together, to make a verb group: I have spoken, I am going, I have been speaking.
The French do this too for some of their tenses:
A verb has a meaning, a person, and a tense.
We normally use the plan below to show person, and put the different endings with the different subject, according to what tense we are using.
|il, elle, on||ils, elles|
It is a bit confusing for us is that there are two words for you in French.
There is also a funny word, on.
a) on - can mean 'we'
on va à la plage!
b) on - can mean 'you' (Not you personally as an individual, but you in the sense of people in general.)
on ne doit pas parler en classe
c) on - can mean 'they'
on parle français en France.
If you think you have grasped all this, then try looking at the three revision and test bites for present, past and future tenses, and then the bites which show you how to use them in writing tasks!
Now try an Activity
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