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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 eyes of the new students of French language!
We have already tackled this subject in a previous post: The 100 Most Frequently Used French Verbs.
Today, we’ll focus on the Top 10 of them, and illustrate them with easy-to-understand examples:
Shakespeare wondered: “Être ou ne pas être, telle est la question” (“To be or not to be, that is the question.”)
“J’ai tout le temps du monde pour apprendre le français” (“I have all the time in the world to learn French.”)
3. Faire (To Do)
“Que faire?” (“What to do?”)
4. Dire (To Say)
“Je dois vous dire quelque chose” (“I have to tell you something.”)
5. Pouvoir (to Be Able to)
“Puis-je vous aider?” (“Can I help you?”)
6. Aller (To Go)
“Désolé, mais je dois m’en aller” (“Sorry, but I have to leave”)
7. Voir (To See)
“Mais puisque je vous dis que je l’ai vu avec mes propres yeux!” (“But I tell you that I’ve seen it with my own eyes!”)
8. Savoir (To Know)
“Ça, tout le monde le sait” (“That, everyone knows.”)
9. Vouloir (To Want)
“Que me voulez-vous?” (“What do you want from me?”)
10.Venir (To Come)
“Je viens vous annoncer une bonne nouvelle” (“I come to tell you good news.”)
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