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Classical French Grammar 101! Posted by on Nov 24, 2013

We’ve already covered tougher topics in French grammar, not the least of which was le subjonctif. Today, we invite you to Review with us les bases… It sure doesn’t get more “classical” in French grammar than the subject of les classes grammaticales (Grammatical Classes.) In French, as in any other language, in order to fully grasp the meaning of a sentence, it is essential to…

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Top 10 Most Frequently Used French Verbs Posted by on Mar 27, 2013

There are countless ways of building a strong French vocabulary. One way to go is to learn the maximum of verbs. A good source for that is the very popular “501 French Verbs” by Christopher Kendris. But how to know which ones to start memorizing? After all, not all verbs are born equal in the…

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Let’s Talk About Verbs – Venir Posted by on Oct 6, 2009

Je viens de mettre mes filles au lit. I have just put my girls in bed. Venir de conjugated in the present tense and followed by the infinitive is the equivalent of to have just + past participle. Elle vient d’arriver. (She has just arrived.) Ils viennent de faire leurs devoirs. (They have just done…

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Let’s Talk About French Verbs Once Again Posted by on Sep 6, 2009

Today, we’ll begin talking about the past…the French past tense that is.  What does imparfait mean?  Well, let’s find out! First of all, Le Robert Micro (my favorite French-French dictionary) defines the adjective imparfait as qui n’est pas achevé, pas complet; or in other words, something that is incomplete.  The definition it gives for the…

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Falloir Posted by on Sep 30, 2008

The United States is famous in Europe for being prohibitive despite its status as a nation of freedom.  I have tried again and again to explain to my French and other European friends that one’s freedom in the United States ends when their acts fringe upon another’s freedom.  In any case, the French version of…

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Let’s Talk About Verbs Posted by on Sep 18, 2008

Verbs in French can be used alone or be followed by an object, a complement, a subordinate phrase or another verb. Here is an example of a verb used alone: Je lis. Here is an example of a verb followed by an object: Je fais de la natation. Here is an example of a verb…

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