How the two key verbs, avoir and être, can be used in a variety of contexts, in the present tense. We are introduced to a variety of contexts, in which the verb “avoir” takes on a role that we might expect “être” to do.

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After learning parts of the body, a class could devise a scene, where several people are visiting the doctor and need to explain their ailments. The idea would be to select a card with a part of the body, a throat, a back, a finger and another with the person with the ailment, a mother with a baby, two twins, a father with three children etc. Each time, the doctor asks “Qu’est-ce qu’il y a?” and the stream of patients must explain, using the correct part of “avoir” plus the correct body part. eg Mon bébé a mal au ventre.”