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"Avoir" (to have) is one of the most important verbs of French language and it is also used to form the compounds tenses as an auxiliary.

"Avoir" (present)

J'ai

I have

Tu as

You have

Il / Elle a

He / She has

Nous avons

We have

Vous avez

You have

Ils / Elles ont

They have

The best to learn the "avoir" verb in French is with a few sample sentences to practice. Let's see how to implement it.

  • J'ai une sœur
I have a sister
  • Elle a un vélo
She has a bike
  • Ils ont une maison
They have a house

"Avoir" (past)

The past of the verb "avoir" in French

J'avais

I had

Tu avais

You had

Il / Elle avait

He/She had

nous avions

We had

vous aviez

You had

Ils / Elles avaient

They had

In this verbal form of the past we have to do a little more effort to assimilate the French verb "avoir". Let's see some examples phrases:

  • J'avais une maison
I had a house
  • Elle avait un chat
She had a cat
  • Vous aviez chien
You had a dog

"Avoir" (future)

The future of the verb "avoir" in French

J'aurai

I will have

Tu auras

You will have

Il / Elle aura

He/She will have

nous aurons

We will have

vous aurez

You will have

Ils / Elles auront

They will have

Let's see some examples for future phrases:

  • J'aurai une maison
I will have a house

WARNING, do not write aurais with an ending "s". Else, it would be the conditional tense. J'aurais une maison

  • Elle aura un chat
She will have a cat
  • Vous aurez un chien
You will have a dog

"Avoir" as an auxiliary verb

In French this verb is used a lot as it is present in many of tenses language. It works as an assistant, standing between the personal pronoun and the main verb. Here are some examples.

  • j'ai bien mangé
I've eaten well
  • Elle a dormi
She has slept
  • Vous avez parlé
They have talked
  • Ils ont bu ensemble
They have drunk together

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