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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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!



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.


Q&A Forum 12 questions, 25 answers

MichelleA1Kwiziq community member

s not silent in tous

Greetings,

In the example above, the speaker pronounces the "s" in 'tous'.  What is the rule here?  I am confused on the s being pronounced.  The sentence is:

Vous faites tous vos devoirs?


Asked 1 month ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Michelle,

That's an interesting example because it depends on what you are trying to say -

Vous faites tous vos devoirs You are all doing your homework 

The -s is pronounced as it means all of you and it reiterates the vous, subject of faire in that sentence.

But if you said to children for instance -

Faites tous vos devoirs! Do all your homework!

The 'tous' apply to devoirs and agrees with the noun devoirs and is the object of faire.

In this case the -s is not pronounced.

Take a look at the following Kwiziq lesson with more in-depth explanation -

https://kwiziq.learnfrenchwithalexa.com/revision/grammar/tout-tous-and-toute-toutes-all-all-of-them-the-whole-indefinite-pronouns

Hope this helps!

s not silent in tous

Greetings,

In the example above, the speaker pronounces the "s" in 'tous'.  What is the rule here?  I am confused on the s being pronounced.  The sentence is:

Vous faites tous vos devoirs?


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LouisA1Kwiziq community member

Un question

If "ai" is pronounced as "e" what about "eu" "au" "aux" "œ"... ??

Asked 4 months ago

Un question

If "ai" is pronounced as "e" what about "eu" "au" "aux" "œ"... ??

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AkankshA1Kwiziq community member

nope

nope

Asked 10 months ago
CécileKwiziq team member

Do you have a question Akanksh?

nope

nope

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AkankshA1Kwiziq community member

how are you all babes?

Asked 10 months ago
AkankshA1Kwiziq community member

cool

how are you all babes?

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PaulA2Kwiziq community member

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"?

Asked 1 year ago
PaulA2Kwiziq community member
Oops, I see an answer to my questions, I think, for Max.
Hilary A1Kwiziq community member
tous means all and relates to vous in this instance - are you all doing your homework 
AkankshA1Kwiziq community member

cos it is cooool

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"?

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ReneB2Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor

Is the pronunciation of 'faisons'

irregular? It sounds like 'fesons' (the 'ai' is not pronounced as in 'il fait' or 'vous faites').
Asked 1 year ago
AurélieKwiziq team memberCorrect answer
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 [kwiziq_link type="lexical_feature" id=45], because, as you know, the Imparfait stem is based on the nous form of [kwiziq_link type="lexical_feature" id=43]:
nous faisons => je faisais... (je "fesais")
I hope that's helpful!
À bientôt !
ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor
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).
ReneB2Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor
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.
ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor
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.
KimA2Kwiziq community member
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
NevB2Kwiziq community member
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
NevB2Kwiziq community member
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.
AurélieKwiziq team member
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] :)

Is the pronunciation of 'faisons'

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

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MaxA0Kwiziq community member

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!
Asked 1 year ago
AurélieKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

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 !

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!

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MarilynC1Kwiziq community member

Comme se fait le devoirs

Asked 2 years ago
AurélieKwiziq team member
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 !

Comme se fait le devoirs

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Kristin C1Kwiziq community member

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

On ne prononce pas le "s" in le mot"tous" , n'est pas?
Asked 3 years ago
AurélieKwiziq team member

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!

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

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

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EvanA0Kwiziq community member

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

Asked 3 years ago
AurélieKwiziq team member
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 !
EvanA0Kwiziq community member
So how does it differ from "Vous faites tous vos devoirs?" (Are you * all * doing your homework?) other than vows instead of tu ?
EvanA0Kwiziq community member
So how does it differ from "Vous faites tous vos devoirs?" (Are you * all * doing your homework?) other than vous instead of tu ?
AurélieKwiziq team member
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 !

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

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HoytA2Kwiziq community member

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

Asked 3 years ago
AurélieKwiziq team member
Bonjour Hoyt ! We've now regenerated this audio example, please have a listen: Conjugate faire in Le Présent (present tense) Merci et à bientôt !
HelenA2Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor
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?

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

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EthanA1Kwiziq community member

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
Asked 3 years ago
JoakimC1Kwiziq Q&A regular contributor
nous faisons
LauraKwiziq team member
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.

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

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