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Conjugate faire in Le Présent (present tense)

The verb faire (to make/do) is irregular (it doesn't conjugate the same way as most verbs ending in -re). 

It conjugates like this in Présent indicatif:

Présent indicatif
je fais
tu fais
il fait
elle fait
on fait
nous faisons
vous faites
ils font
elles font

Note that nous faisons sounds like "fesons"

You can also listen to these examples:

Je fais toujours mon lit.
I always make my bed.

Tu fais du sport ?
Do you do sport?

Mon amie fait ses propres bijoux.
My friend makes her own jewellery.

Nous faisons un gâteau.
We are making a cake.

Vous faites tous vos devoirs?
Are you all doing your homework?

Les enfants font un château de sable.
The children are making a sandcastle.

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Mon amie fait ses propres bijoux.
My friend makes her own jewellery.


Les enfants font un château de sable.
The children are making a sandcastle.


Tu fais du sport ?
Do you do sport?


Nous faisons un gâteau.
We are making a cake.


Je fais toujours mon lit.
I always make my bed.


Vous faites tous vos devoirs?
Are you all doing your homework?


Nous faisons des déguisements!
We're making costumes!


Q&A

Paul

Kwiziq community member

28 April 2018

1 reply

Vous faites tous vos devoirs?

1. What is the purpose of the word "tous" in this sentence? 

2.  Why is the "s" in "tous" pronounced before the " v" in "vos"?

Paul

Kwiziq community member

28 April 2018

28/04/18

Oops, I see an answer to my questions, I think, for Max.

Rene

Kwiziq community member

26 December 2017

8 replies

Is the pronunciation of 'faisons'

irregular? It sounds like 'fesons' (the 'ai' is not pronounced as in 'il fait' or 'vous faites').

Chris

Kwiziq community member

26 December 2017

26/12/17

The "ai" in "faisons" should be pronounced like the "ai" in "faites". You can go to the Google translator, choose French as the language and enter "faisons", then click on the litlle loudspeaker icon and hear it pronounced for you.

-- Chris (not a native speaker).

Rene

Kwiziq community member

26 December 2017

26/12/17

Merci pour votre réponse, Claus.

To me faisons sounds like fesons (not like fésons)
I found this on a blog:
The standard pronunciation of faisons is indeed [fəzɔ̃]...

And this explanation at https://leconjugueur.lefigaro.fr/conjugaison/verbe/faire.html
Règle du verbe faire:
Même si on écrit, nous faisons, on le prononce comme nous fesons.

So, I was wondering about such an unusual pronunciation.


Chris

Kwiziq community member

27 December 2017

27/12/17

Oui, tu as peut-être raison. Cettes différences sont difficile à partager par un message écrit. Quand je dis "faisons" de voix haute ça sonne plus comme f"é"sons.

--Chris.

Kim

Kwiziq community member

27 December 2017

27/12/17

I find this link helpful https://www.thoughtco.com/faire-to-make-to-do-1371033. Here is a quote explaining a bit about the irregular pronunciation of faisons:

If the nous form is more predictable, its pronunciation is not.
Nous faisons is pronounced "feu zon," not "fay zon."
Since the imperfect indicative is based on the nous form of the present, this irregular pronunciation carries throughout the imperfect:
Il faisait = il feuzay

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

29 December 2017

29/12/17

Bonjour à tous !

So the answer is that faisons is a very weird case in French, as it is indeed pronounced "fesons".
The same particularity applies to all forms of faire in Imparfait, because, as you know, the Imparfait stem is based on the nous form of Présent indicatif:

nous faisons => je faisais... (je "fesais")

I hope that's helpful!
À bientôt !

Nev

Kwiziq community member

29 December 2017

29/12/17

I bet this depends on where the person is from no?

Check this out, on forvo, one prononciation sounding like "fesons" from France, another as you'd expect if "ai" were pronounced as it usually is, from Canada,...

https://forvo.com/word/ll_faisait_froid/#fr

Nev

Kwiziq community member

29 December 2017

29/12/17

I meant to say "fesait" above. Since people pointed out that faisait/feson and other conjugations of faire share this pronunciation in French from France.

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

4 January 2018

4/01/18

Bonjour Nev !

Yes, it does seem to be a difference of pronounciation between France and Québec here, as in France, you would definitely say [fesons] and [fesais] :)

Max

Kwiziq community member

15 December 2017

1 reply

Sorry again. :)

Regarding the example, "Vous faites tous vos devoirs?", instead of "Are you all doing your homework?", I'd have thought the translation would be "Are you doing all your homework?". Could it not be? Thanks!

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

16 December 2017

16/12/17

Bonjour Max !

That's an excellent question :)
Here it's a question of pronunciation:
- indeed if you pronounce [tooss] (like in the example), then "tous" = all [of the people/of them]


- but if you pronounced [too] with a mute h, then the "tous" would go with "vos devoirs"and would mean = "all your homework".

Have a look at our related lesson:
https://kwiziq.learnfrenchwithalexa.com/revision/grammar/tout-tous-and-toute-toutes-all-all-of-them-the-whole-indefinite-pronouns


I hope that's helpful!
Bonne journée !

Marilyn

Kwiziq community member

3 January 2017

1 reply

Comme se fait le devoirs

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

3 January 2017

3/01/17

Bonjour Marilyn !

I'm afraid your sentence makes little sense in French... what did you mean here?

I'd be happy to help!
À bientôt !

kristin

Kwiziq community member

26 August 2016

1 reply

is the audio for :Vous faites tous vos devoirs? correct?

On ne prononce pas le "s" in le mot"tous" , n'est pas?

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

29 August 2016

29/08/16

Bonjour Kristin !


Actually, in this case, you do pronounce [tooss].
Indeed, when tous is used on its own, meaning "all" (or in front of a vowel), you will pronounce the "s", as it is the case here "Vous faites tous vos devoirs." (You're all doing your homework.).


However, I understand the trickiness here, as this French sentence could also mean "You're doing all (of) your homework", in which case tous goes with vos devoirs, and should then be pronounced [too] with a silent "s".


Here's a link to the related lesson which contains a pronunciation guide:
https://kwiziq.learnfrenchwithalexa.com/revision/grammar/tout-tous-and-toute-toutes-all-all-of-them-the-whole-indefinite-pronouns


I hope that's helpful!

Evan

Kwiziq community member

21 July 2016

4 replies

How would you say "are you doing all your homework?"

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

22 July 2016

22/07/16

Bonjour Evan !

You could say:
"Tu fais tous tes devoirs ?"
"Est-ce que tu fais tous tes devoirs ?"
"Fais-tu tous tes devoirs ?"

À bientôt !

Evan

Kwiziq community member

22 July 2016

22/07/16

So how does it differ from
"Vous faites tous vos devoirs?"
(Are you * all * doing your homework?)
other than vows instead of tu ?

Evan

Kwiziq community member

22 July 2016

22/07/16

So how does it differ from
"Vous faites tous vos devoirs?"
(Are you * all * doing your homework?)
other than vous instead of tu ?

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

25 July 2016

25/07/16

That's a great question !

In writing form, it doesn't differ at all, as you could also use "vous" in the polite form for one person.
However, the pronunciation of "tous" does change!
Indeed, in "tous vos devoirs" (all your homework), the "s" in "tous" is silent, whereas in "vous faites tous" (you're all doing), you will pronounce [tooss]!

I hope that's helpful!
À bientôt !

Hoyt

Kwiziq community member

16 July 2016

2 replies

Check audio for 'Tu fais du sport?'. Does not seem correct.

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

18 July 2016

18/07/16

Bonjour Hoyt !

We've now regenerated this audio example, please have a listen:
https://kwiziq.learnfrenchwithalexa.com/my-languages/french/view/408

Merci et à bientôt !

helen

Kwiziq community member

7 November 2017

7/11/17

Can you explain why there is "du" in this sentence: "Tu fais du mieux que tu peux" (You do the best you can). It's from a quiz. I also noticed "Elle fait de la natation". I'm assuming that there's a 'de" after faire when it comes to sports?

TeAra

Kwiziq community member

11 March 2016

2 replies

Comme ça?

je fais mon petit dejeuner, tu fais des dégâts, il fait du cafe, nous faire le jardinage, mes amis et moi faisons les temps pour un rendez-vous, vous faites toujours les repas délicieux, mes enfants me font content

Joakim

Kwiziq community member

12 March 2016

12/03/16

nous faisons

Laura

Kwiziq language super star

13 March 2016

13/03/16

Pas mal, quelques petites erreurs.

Comme Joakim dit, c'est "nous faisons."

Il ne faut pas oublier l'accent sur café.

Mes amis et moi faisons *le* temps

"mes enfants me font content" - on ne peut pas utiliser faire + adjectif, il faut utiliser rendre, et "content" sonne bizarre - je dirais mes enfants me rendent heureuse.
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