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Le verbe faire. to do or to make. do you? do we? does she? does he?. Learning about the English word DO. do be do be do. English is one of only THREE languages that uses the verb to do in the following ways: Do you like sandwiches? Does she watch reality TV often?

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le verbe faire

Le verbefaire

to do or to make

do you do we does she does he
do you? do we? does she? does he?

Learning about the English word DO

do be do be do
do be do be do
  • English is one of only THREE languages that uses the verb to do in the following ways:
    • Do you like sandwiches?
    • Does she watch reality TV often?
    • Do we really need to go see Catching Fire a seventh time?
    • Do they have aquatic marmots at their pet store?
do does as a question
do/does as a question

In these questions, what is the important verb?

what are the verbs?

do/like

does/watch

do/see

do/have

  • Do you like sandwiches?
  • Does she watch reality TV often?
  • Do we really need to go see Catching Fire a seventh time?
  • Do they have aquatic marmots at their pet store?
to do vs the world
to do vs. the world
  • Of those verb duos, the first verbs matter very little.
  • The second verbs are the verbs we pay attention to
  • We (as English speakers) recognize do or does as question words when they come at the beginning of a sentence
  • That’s all they are for us– indicators.
do to the do
do to the do
  • However, we have lots of verbal phrases using to do
    • to do homework
    • to do the dishes
    • to do the laundry
    • to do one’s best
replacing do
replacing do
  • Many times, verbal phrases using to do can be replaced by a more descriptive infinitive/verbal phrase
    • to do homework/to study
    • to do the dishes/to wash the dishes
    • to do the laundry/to wash clothes
    • to do one’s best…
le verbe faire1
le verbe faire

to make/to do

French usage

faire
faire
  • je fais
  • tufais
  • il/elle fait
  • nous faisons
  • vousfaites
  • ils/elles font
qu est ce que tu fais
Qu’est-cequetufais ?
  • What are you doing?
  • faire here is a placeholder for a better verb!!
qu est ce que tu fais maintenant
Qu’est-cequetufaismaintenant?
  • What are you doing now?
  • J’étudie.
  • Je regarde la présentation.
  • Je fais des notes.
verbal phrases with faire
verbal phrases with faire
  • faire les devoirs- to do homework
  • faire un match – to play a match
  • faire du shopping – to go shopping
  • faire des bêtises – to do silly things
  • faire la tête – to pout
  • faire la fête – to party, celebrate
  • faire l’enfant – to act like a child (in a bad way)
  • faire le linge – to do the laundry
  • faire la vaisselle– to do the dishes
with verbal phrases
with verbal phrases--

conjugate the verb

faire = to do, to make

  • Verbal phrases must be conjugated!!
  • Correct:
  • Je fais les devoirs = I’m doing homework
  • WRONG:
  • Je faire les devoirs = I to do the homework
using faire and another verb
Using faire and another verb
  • This is wrong.
  • Don’t do it.
  • There is something called the faire causatif, or the causative faire. It expresses the idea of making something happen.
  • But, you won’t learn how to do that for a few more semesters.
  • So DON’T PUT A VERB AFTER FAIRE.
  • Please.
the bottom line
The bottom line…
  • When faire is used in a question, you do not have to repeat it in your answer!
  • Sometimes, it will be appropriate to use faire, as with verbal phrases.
  • However, the following should be avoided at all costs:
    • Je fais mange. WRONG!!
    • Je faissuis. WRONG!!
    • Je faisnager. WRONG!!
    • Je faisdanser. WRONG!!