Conjugate servir and other -vir verbs in Le Présent (present tense)

Verbs ending in -VIR follow the same conjugation as servir (to serve) in Présent indicatif:

SERVIR (to serve)

je sers
tu sers
il/elle/on sert
nous servons 
vous servez
ils/elles servent  

Listen to these examples:

Je sers les entrées.
I'm serving the starters.

Tu dessers la table?
Do you clear the table?

Il se sert en premier !
He serves himself first!

Nous resservons Paul.
We give Paul a second helping.

Vous me servez tous les jours.
You serve me everyday.

Les enfants desservent la table après le dîner.
The children clear the table after dinner.

Other irregular -VIR verbs include:

se servir de - to use [something] 
resservir - to serve up again / to give a second helping
se resservir - to get a second helping
desservir - to clear [the table] / to do a disservice / to service

 

 

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Examples and resources

Nous resservons Paul.
We give Paul a second helping.


Il se sert en premier !
He serves himself first!


Tu dessers la table?
Do you clear the table?


Les enfants desservent la table après le dîner.
The children clear the table after dinner.


Je sers les entrées.
I'm serving the starters.


Vous me servez tous les jours.
You serve me everyday.


Q&A

Alfredo

Kwiziq community member

16 January 2019

1 reply

Wrong verb used in your quiz

Nous select ... desservionsdesservonsdesservissonsdesseronstoute la région. (We're servicing the whole region.)Conjugate ''desservir'' in Le PrésentDesservir =/= servir....Right????

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

16 January 2019

16/01/19

Hi Alfredo,

If I have understood your query correctly.... 

Desservir is the correct verb for - to service a region, a market , a town, an airport  etc...

So in the present tense It would be-

"Nous desservons toute la région."

Truc Thanh

Kwiziq community member

13 November 2018

2 replies

Resservir and se resservir

I don’t understand well the use and the difference in meaning of “resservir” and “se resservir “. Please , give me more examples and the explanation. Thanks a lot.

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

14 November 2018

14/11/18

Hi Truc Thanh,

The difference here is - who is serving whom?

Resservir means that someone is giving a second helping to someone else.

Se resservir means that you are giving yourself a second helping, no one else is involved in the action.

Hope this helps!

Truc Thanh

Kwiziq community member

14 November 2018

14/11/18

Wow, your explanation is very clear. Thanks so much. 

Truc Thanh

Kwiziq community member

13 November 2018

1 reply

Bonjour,

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

14 November 2018

14/11/18

answered 

fiona

Kwiziq community member

20 June 2018

3 replies

Why is 'desservir' to clear and to service at the same time?

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

20 June 2018

20/06/18

Bonjour Fiona !

Here it's one of those weird cases in French where usage has rendered a prefix meaningless in some contexts.

In the same vein, you also have "rentrer" being used to express "to come in" (entrer) as well as "to come back". 

I hope that's helpful!
Bonne journée !

fiona

Kwiziq community member

21 June 2018

21/06/18

Thank you Aurélie.

Although the lesson deos not specify that I simply encountered it in the quiz and got a wrong answer for it.

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

25 June 2018

25/06/18

Bonjour Fiona !

I had a look at the questions linked to that lesson, and all of them include a hint with what verb to use :)

Bonne journée !

Let me take a look at that...