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With all these exercises, I offer you a few exercises (you will not make hem in a classroom but in a terrasse of a café, hey !), but I suggest you to make as well your own sentences an your own exercises, so you brain will work differently, you will do an active learnning, so you will have a better understanding of the language : conversations, a variety of French expressions, reaching your goals, be ready for your immersion in France or in a French speaking country, to talk with native speakers. I suggest you to study with a variety of resources, using translation. Do not forget to use an app, you can study wherever you want because you always have your app on your phone.

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The verb être (to be) at different tenses

1rst week – The present tense (conjugation)

Je suis → I am
Tu es → you are
Il/elle est → He/she is
Nous sommes → We are
Vous êtes → You are
Ils/elles sont → They are

Let us see some examples, some sentences to put the verb in a context :

Je suis à la plage avec mes enfants→ I am at the beach with my children
Tu es au marché à côté de chez toi → You are at the market next to your home
Il/elle est en train de faire la cuisine → He/she is cooking
Nous sommes fatigués d’étudier pour les examens→ We are tired to study for the exams
Vous êtes heureux de faire la fête → You are happy to party
Ils/elles sont au lit parce qu’ils/elles sont malades → They are in bed because they are sick

2nd week – The future (futur proche) (conjugation)

Notice that the futur proche is build with the verb aller (to go) + the verb être (to be)
Je vais être→ I am going to be
Tu vas être → you are going to be
Il/elle va être → He/she is going to be
Nous allons être → We are going to be
Vous allez être → You are going to be
Ils/elles vont être → They are going to be

Let us see some examples, some sentences to put the verb in a context :

Je vais être heureux demain car je vais voir des amis → I am going to be happy tomorrow because I will visit friends
Tu vas être mouillé après la balade parce qu’il pleut → you are going to be wet after the walk because it is raining
Il/elle va être tendu avant son examen → He/she is going to be tense before his/her exam
Nous allons être content de rentrer à la maison → We are going to be happy to go back home
Vous allez être bien accueillis dans cet hotel → You are going to be well received in this hotel
Ils/elles vont être déçu de se balader dans le froid → They are going to be disapointed to walk in the cold

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3rd week – How to build a question

How to ask something, let us see the little words to build a question : (where), quand (when), combien (how much), comment (how). You put these little words at the beginning of the sentence, for the formal French.

To talk about the place : Où allez-vous ?A Milan → Where are you going ? – To Milan
To talk about the time : Quand partez-vous ?Demain → When do you leave ? – Tomorrow
To talk about the quantity : Combien payez-vous ?1000 euros → How much do you pay ? – 1000 euros
To talk about the manner : Comment partez-vous ? – En train → How do you leave ? – By train

For the informal French, the little word is placed at the end of the question.
Vous allez où ?
Vous partez quand ?
C’est combien ?
Vous partez comment ?

Here is an exercise to practice

The instruction is to transform according to the pattern. Write your choice in the comments and I will tell you if it is ok or not, and I will give you the correction.
1-Vous partez lundi ou mardi ? → Are you leaving on Monday or on Tuesday ?
2-Vous allez à la mer ou à la montagne ? → Are you going to the sea or to the mountains ?
3-Vous partez en bus ou en train ? → Are you leaving by bus or by train ? ………………………………………………………………………….   
4-Vous revenez samedi ou dimanche ? → Are you coming back on Saturday or on Sunday ?

Here are the answers, hide them now, do the exercise and then check the answers.
1-Quand partez-vous ?
2-Où allez-vous ?
3-Comment partez-vous ?
4-Quand revenez-vous ?

Match the questions and answers : write your choice in the comments and I will tell you if it is ok or not, and I will give you the correction.

  Questions    Answers
Où arrive le bus ? (Where does the bus stop ?)A trois heures
Quand part le prochain bus ? (When does the next bus leave ?)Moins d’une heure
Combien coûte le billet ? (How much is the ticket ?)Sur la place
Combien de temps dure le voyage ? (How long is the trip ?)8 euros

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4th week – How to use Il y a ?

Il y a (there is/there are) signals the presence or existence of something in a place :
Sous un arbre, il y a un éléphant → Under a tree there is an elephant
Au bord de l’eau, il y a un lion → At the water’s edge there is a lion
En Afrique, il y a des girafes → In Africa there are giraffes
En Inde, il y a des tigres → In India there are tigers

Questions : Qu’est-ce qu’il y a… ?

Qu’est-ce qu’il y a dans la pièce ?ll y a une table → What is in the room ? – There is a table
Qu’est-ce qu’il y a sur la table ? – ll y a des livres → What is on the table ? – There are books

Negation : Il n’y a pas de…

Est-ce qu’il y a un lit ? – Non, il n’y a pas de lit → Is there a bed ? No, there is no bed
Est-ce qu’il y a des fleurs ? – Non, il n’y a pas de fleurs → Are there flowers ? – No, there are no flowers

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