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    Secret Tips to Conjugate Faire in French Verb Tenses

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    Secret Tips to Conjugate Faire in French Verb Tenses
    By Michelle
    19 November 2019
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    Secret Tips to Conjugate Faire in French Verb Tenses

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Faire is an irregular verb that doesn’t ’t have a pattern to follow, it’s mandatory for one to memorize and practice conjugating it. It’s a commonly used verb that one will read and hear about it often.

Here we’ll offer guidance on how to conjugate faire in most common French verb tenses. This will provide a list of faire and other tenses.

Faire Conjugation – Present Simple Tense (do, make)


For Example: Je fais le ménage pendant mes loisirs. (I do cleaning during my spare time.)

Faire Conjugation – Perfect Tense (did, made)

It’s important to remember that Avoir is an auxiliary verb used with faire.

JeAitai fait
TuAitas fait
Il/elle/onAita fait
NousAitavons fait
VousAitavez fait
Ils/ellesAitont fait

For Example: Le charpentier a fait une table. (The carpenter made a table.)

Faire Conjugation Imperfect Tense (Used to/make;was/making/doing/would do)


For Example: En vacances, quand ils allaient en famille, ils fabriquaient des tables en bois pour s’amuser, quand ils partaient avec des amis. Quand ils y vont de nos jours avec des amis, ils preferent cuisine pour s’amuser. (At vacation, when they went as a family, they made wooden tables for fun. Nowadays when they go with friends, they prefer to cook for fun.)

Faire Conjugation – Future Simple Tense (will do/ make)


For Example: Que ferez-vous lorsque vous aurez un emploi? (What will you do when you have an employee?)

Faire Conjugation – Conditional Tenses (would do/make)


For Example: Je ne ferais des affaires que si cela me permettait de réaliser des profits élevés. (I would only do business if it made me earn high profits.)

Faire Conjugation – Subjunctive Mood (that (subject) do/make (expressing a wish/ situation)


For Example: Je veux qu’il fasse ses propres devoirs à partir de maintenant. (I want him to do his own duties from now.)

Faire: Imperative Forms

Fais(tu)venez ici! (come here!)
Faites (vous)faites une liste de choses que vous aimez. (make a list of things you love.)
Faisons (nous)faisons la cuisine, ainsi nous pourrons nager plus tard. (let’s do the cooking, then we can go swimming later.)


Uses of Faire in French

Faire is important when learning French since one can use it instead of other verbs that you might not know yet. For instance, it’s fine to use  faire for create or make but as you learn more about French and your vocabulary increases, one can replace it with verbs like, creer, inventer, fabriquer and others.

There are some cases though where you discover that faire can mostly fit. There will be no alternative. Below are some common cases.

Phrasal verbs with faire

There are numerous expressions and verbs that use faire. Here are some of the most common phrasal verbs with faire that you might come across.

Phrasal verbsUses
faire l’amourto make love.
Faire chierthis is an expression that can be used to show something has annoyed you. To learn more on how to use this phrase, check out our post on French swear words.
Faire confianceto have faith or trust.
Elle est fiable, j’ai confiance en elle. She is reliable, I have faith in her.
Faire connaissancegetting to know something or someone.
les parents doivent s’assurer que leurs enfants croient qu’ils seront toujours la pour eux. (Parents should ensure that their children believe they’ll always be there for them. )
Faire les coursesto run errands
Faire croireto make believe something
Faire demi -tourto look back
Faire dodoway to say “go to sleep. “
Faire du bruit to make noise
Faire gaffeit’s an informal way to say faire attention, meaning to watch ou or pay attention
Faire la mancheto beg for money.
Faire moucheto hit the nail on the head
Faire la part des chosesseeing things objectively
Faire la queueto wait in line
Faire le ponttaking a day off, or having a weekend and then extending that weekend even longer. This is a French tradition.
Faire semblant deto pretend
Faire de la peine a quelqu’unEmotionally hurt someone
Faire un tourto take a walk

Some other ways to use Faire

Define time

Faire can be used to show that a certain amount of time has passed. It’s not correct to say that, it’s now ten minutes that she has been waiting.  It’s not correct English but one will understand. A French speaker learning English would say, elle attend depuis dix minutes.(she has been waiting for ten minutes.)

Define Dimensions

Faire can be used to talk about the total of measurements. Example : cette salle est de 80 metres carres. (this room is 80 square meters.)

Define “equals” in mathematics

For instance: 4 et 4 font 16.
This is the most common French mathematical expression one will ever see. Example 2 plus 2 egal 4.

Define Weather

Quel temps fait-il aujourd’hui (how is the weather today?)
Il pleut. (It’s raining.)
C’est beau quand il fait beau. (It looks great when it’s sunny.)

Define Something

For Example :
Ils lui ont fait faire tout leur travail.(they made her do all they duties.)
Il a fait réparer le véhicule. (He had the vehicle repaired.)

Define Expressions

Faire bouillir l’eau (boil water.)
Faire les assiettes. (Clean the plates.)

Define a Noun

In some instances you’ll find that, faire is used as a noun instead of a verb. Most popular examples of these have crossed linguistic borders and are used in a number of countries. These are; savior faire and laissez-faire

Points to remember

Despite that faire means to do/make, we have also seen that it can be used to talk about making other people do something, hence it cannot be used with feelings. For instance; elle le fait heureux, cela me fait triste, are incorrect. The correct versions  of these sentences are; elle le rend heureux, cela me rend triste. Once one comprehends the basic, faire becomes simple.

As you continue learning more about French and start watching French tv shows, YouTube clips, newspapers and practicing the French together course. Through this you’ll learn a lot on faire and come across so many instances where faire has been used in a variety of ways. This will eventually help you acquire more knowledge on French even without realizing it. Also, you can take the help of our French tutors for further help and guidance.

Quiz: Test your knowledge of French Faire!

faire conjugation, Secret Tips to Conjugate Faire in French Verb Tenses

French Faire

1 / 7

Les enfants (fait / faites / faisez / font) la sieste.

English: The children are taking a nap.

2 / 7

Julien (fait / a fait / faire) la lessive hier soir 

English: Julien did the laundry yesterday

3 / 7

“Ma mère lui fait confiance.” means

4 / 7

“Je faisais la queue, comme tout le monde !” means

5 / 7

“Arrête, tu fais mal à ton frère.” means

6 / 7

Je vous laisse faire connaissance.” means

7 / 7

“Nous ferons semblant de dormir.” means

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