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The Best Tips to Conjugate the French Verb Faire

Worried about conjugating the irregular French verb faire? Fret not — this guide is exactly what you need to learn how to conjugate faire smoothly and efficiently, as if French were your first language.

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As an irregular verb, faire doesn’t follow a strict pattern, so it’s mandatory to memorize and practice conjugating it. It’s a commonly used verb that you will read and hear often.

Here, we offer guidance on how to conjugate faire in the most common French verb tenses. Following are lists of conjugations for faire in present simple tense and other tenses.

Faire Conjugation: Present Simple Tense

Pronoun Ending Output
Je -ais fais
Tu -ais fais
Il/elle/on -ait fait
Nous -aisons faisons
Vous -aites faites
Ils/elles -ont font

Example:
Je fais le ménage pendant mon temps libre. (I do chores in my spare time.)

Faire Conjugation: Perfect Tense

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

Pronoun Ending Output
Je -ait ai fait
Tu -ait as fait
Il/elle/on -ait a fait
Nous -ait avons fait
Vous -ait avez fait
Ils/elles -ait ont fait

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

Faire Conjugation: Imperfect Tense

Pronoun Ending Output
Je -sais faisais
Tu -sais faisais
Il/elle/on -sait faisait
Nous -sions faisions
Vous -siez faisiez
Ils/elles -saient faisaient

Example:
En vacances, quand ils allaient en famille, ils faisaient des tables en bois pour s’amuser. Désormais quand ils y vont avec des amis, ils préfèrent cuisiner pour s’amuser. (When they used to go on vacation as a family, they would make wooden tables for fun. Nowadays when they go with friends, they prefer to cook for fun.)

Faire Conjugation: Future Simple Tense

Pronoun Ending Output
Je -erai ferai
Tu -eras feras
Il/elle/on -era fera
Nous -erons ferons
Vous -erez ferez
Ils/elles -ront feront

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

Faire Conjugation: Conditional Tense

Pronoun ending Output
Je -erais ferais
Tu -erias ferais
Il/elle/on -erait ferait
Nous -erions ferions
Vous -eriez feriez
Ils/elles -eraient feraient

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.)

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Faire Conjugation: Subjunctive Mood

Pronoun Ending Output
Je -asse fasse
Tu -asses fasses
Il/elle/on -asse fasse
Nous -assions fassions
Vous -assiez fassiez
Ils/elles -assent fassent

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

Faire: Imperative Forms

Forms Examples
Fais (tu) Fais la vaiselle. (Do the dishes.)
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 for Faire

Faire is important when learning French since you 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,” and as you learn more French and your vocabulary increases, you can replace it with verbs such as creer, inventer, fabriquer and others.

There are some cases though where you discover that faire is just the right fit in certain fixed expressions. There will be no alternative. Below are some common examples.

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 verbs Uses
faire l’amour to make love
faire chier This vulgar expression can be used to show annoyance.
faire confiance to have faith or trust
Elle est fiable. J’ai confiance en elle. (She is reliable. I have faith in her.)
faire connaissance to meet someone
Nous avons fait connaissance au Comic-Con. (We met at Comic-Con.)
faire les courses to run errands
faire croire to make someone believe something
faire demi-tour to look back
faire dodo informal way to say “go to sleep”
faire du bruit  to make noise
faire gaffe faire attention, meaning to watch out or pay attention
faire la manche to beg for money
faire mouche to hit the nail on the head
faire la part des choses to see things objectively
faire la queue to wait in line
faire le pont Faire le pont means giving yourself a long weekend by taking the day off just before or after — a very French practice!
faire semblant de to pretend
faire de la peine a quelqu’un to hurt someone’s feelings
faire un tour to take a walk

Other Ways to Use Faire

Tell Time

Faire can be used to show that a certain amount of time has passed: Cela fait dix minutes qu’elle attend. In English, it’s not exactly right to say, “That makes ten minutes since she’s been waiting,” but you get the idea!

Give Dimensions

Faire can be used to talk about measurements.

Example :
Cette salle fait 80 mètres carrés. (This room is 80 square meters.)

“Equals” in Mathematics

Example:
4 et 4 font 8.

Using faire this way is more common than the alternative: 2 plus 2 égal 4.

Talk About the Weather

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

Make Someone Do Something or Have Something Done

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

Cooking Expressions

Example:
Faire bouillir l’eau. (Boil the water.)
Faire fondre le beurre. (Melt the butter.)

Using Faire as a Noun

In some instances, you’ll find that faire works as a noun instead of a verb. The more popular examples (think savoir-faire and laissez-faire) have infiltrated other languages and are common in many countries.

Points to Remember

While faire does mean to do or to make, and it can be used to talk about making other people do something, it cannot be used with feelings. When we talk about making other people feel emotions, we use rendre: Elle le rend heureux. Cela me rend triste.

Now that you’ve learned a few different meanings for faire and some common conjugations, using it gets simpler with practice. Start watching French TV shows, films, and YouTube clips, and you’ll hear the word everywhere. These activities help you acquire more knowledge in French before you know it. You can also get further help and guidance from our French tutors.

 

Quiz: Test your knowledge of French Faire!

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faire conjugation, The Best Tips to Conjugate the French Verb Faire

French Faire

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

English: The children are taking a nap.

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

English: Julien did the laundry yesterday

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“Ma mère lui fait confiance.” means

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

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

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Je vous laisse faire connaissance.” means

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“Nous ferons semblant de dormir.” means

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