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Conjugate rire and sourire in Le Présent (present tense)

In Présent indicatif, the verbs rire (to laugh) and sourire (to smile) are irregular.

RIRE (to laugh)

je ris
tu ris
il/elle/on rit
nous rions
vous riez
ils/elles rient

Listen to these examples:

Je lui ressemble quand je ris.
I look like her when I laugh.

Pourquoi est-ce que tu ris ?
Why are you laughing?

Sarah rit souvent aux éclats quand il est là.
Sarah often roars with laughter when he's here.

Nous rions beaucoup ensemble.
We laugh a lot together.

J'aime quand vous riez.
I like it when you laugh.

Ils rient avec lui, pas de lui.
They laugh with him, not at him.

SOURIRE (to smile)

je souris
tu souris
il/elle/on sourit
nous sourions
vous souriez
ils/elles sourient

Listen to these examples:

Je lui souris quand je le vois.
I smile at him when I see him.

Tu souris tout le temps.
You smile all the time.

La fortune sourit aux audacieux.
Fortune favours [lit. smiles at] the bold. 

Nous sourions de toutes nos dents.
We're smiling from ear to ear [lit. with all our teeth].

Quand vous souriez, plus rien n'a d'importance.
When you smile, nothing else matters (any more).

Ils sourient de soulagement.
They're smiling with relief.

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Ils sourient de soulagement.
They're smiling with relief.


Ils rient avec lui, pas de lui.
They laugh with him, not at him.


Je lui ressemble quand je ris.
I look like her when I laugh.


Nous sourions de toutes nos dents.
We're smiling from ear to ear [lit. with all our teeth].


J'aime quand vous riez.
I like it when you laugh.


La fortune sourit aux audacieux.
Fortune favours [lit. smiles at] the bold. 


Nous rions beaucoup ensemble.
We laugh a lot together.


Tu souris tout le temps.
You smile all the time.


Sarah rit souvent aux éclats quand il est là.
Sarah often roars with laughter when he's here.


Quand vous souriez, plus rien n'a d'importance.
When you smile, nothing else matters (any more).


Je lui souris quand je le vois.
I smile at him when I see him.


Pourquoi est-ce que tu ris ?
Why are you laughing?


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