Conjugate prendre and derivatives in Le Présent (present tense)

The verb "prendre" (to take) is irregular in Le Présent in French:
 

je prends I take
tu prends You take (one person you know well)
il/elle/on prend He/She/We/one/people take
   
nous prenons We take
vous prenez You take (more than 1 person or formal)
ils/elles prennent They take

 

These other verbs ending in -prendre follow the same conjugation pattern

apprendre (to learn)
comprendre (to understand)
reprendre (to take back)

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Examples and resources

Tu apprends le français.
You're learning French.


Je prends l'Eurostar.
I'm taking the Eurostar.


On prend le train.
We're taking the train.



Ils prennent une douche.
They're having a shower.


Q&A

Sara

Kwiziq community member

29 October 2018

1 reply

Comprenez vous le francaise?

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

29 October 2018

29/10/18

Hi Sara,

It should be:

'Comprenez-vous le français' but do you have a specific question?

Debs

Kwiziq community member

12 June 2017

2 replies

Can I say 'je prends un break (ou une pause) ?

Ron

Kwiziq community member

12 June 2017

12/06/17

The Collins-Robert French dictionary suggests: «Je prends une pause» J'espère que cela vous aidera. Bonne chance Ron

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

14 June 2017

14/06/17

Bonjour Deborah ! Actually the colloquial way to express that you're taking a break - you're stopping an activity for a bit - is "Je fais une pause. / Je fais un break." I hope that's helpful! À bientôt !

Christian

Kwiziq community member

22 April 2017

2 replies

Gruff

Kwiziq language super star

22 April 2017

22/04/17

Hi Christian - did you have question?

Christian

Kwiziq community member

22 April 2017

22/04/17

I'm ok. The site is good. Just working out how to use it.

Anna

Kwiziq community member

29 March 2016

4 replies

Est-ce que'on peut dire - Je prend mon déjeuner?

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

29 March 2016

29/03/16

Bonjour Anna !

Yes, you can absolutely say "Je prends mon déjeuner / petit-déjeuner / dîner / repas...": it's the correct way to say "I have lunch, breakfast, dinner, a meal..." in French.
However, you can never say "J'ai mon déjeuner..." !

A bientôt !

Anna

Kwiziq community member

30 March 2016

30/03/16

Thank-you!

Michelle

Kwiziq community member

6 August 2018

6/08/18

What about Je dîner? I have heard that before. It this a particularity of the language, like in English we can say "I dine" but not "I breakfast" or "I meal"?

Also, Je mange mon repas? Yes or no? 

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

10 August 2018

10/08/18

Bonjour Michelle !

Yes, of course in French we actually have verbs to refer to specific meals as well : dîner, déjeuner, petit-déjeuner 

Marie a petit-déjeuné avec Sam.
Je dîne chez mes parents aujourd'hui.
Où est-ce que tu vas déjeuner ?

I was simply pointing out that you couldn't use avoir in the context of meals in French (unlike in English), and that in those cases, you needed prendre instead :)

Also, you can say Je mange mon repas, albeit a bit redundant ;)

Bonne journée !

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