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Conjugate suivre, vivre and derivatives in Le Présent (present tense)

Verbs ending in -VRE follow the same conjugation as suivre and vivre in Présent indicatif :

SUIVRE (to follow)

je suis
tu suis
il/elle/on suit
nous suivons
vous suivez
ils/elles suivent 

Listen to these examples:

Je te suis tous les jours.
I follow you every day.

Tu la suis, ou quoi?
Are you following her, or what?

Mon chien me suit toute la journée.
My dog follows me all day long.

Nous suivons le chemin attentivement.
We're following the path carefully.

Vous suivez ce cours de français.
You're taking that French course.

Les étudiants suivent les instructions du professeur.
The students follow the teacher's instructions.

VIVRE (to live)

je vis
tu vis
il/elle/on vit
nous vivons
vous vivez
ils/elles vivent 

Listen to these examples:

Je vis avec mon mari à Madrid.
I live with my husband in Madrid.

Où est-ce que tu vis ?
Where do you live?

Ma sœur vit dans un super appartement.
My sister lives in a great apartment.

Nous vivons à la campagne en ce moment.
We live in the countryside at the moment.

Vous vivez loin d'ici ?
Do you live far from here?

Mes amis vivent à Miami.
My friends live in Miami.

 

*Other irregular -VRE verbs include:

poursuivre  (to pursue/to chase/to sue)
survivre  (to survive)
revivre  (to live again)

 

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Mes amis vivent à Miami.
My friends live in Miami.


Vous suivez ce cours de français.
You're taking that French course.


Nous vivons à la campagne en ce moment.
We live in the countryside at the moment.


Tu la suis, ou quoi?
Are you following her, or what?


Je vis avec mon mari à Madrid.
I live with my husband in Madrid.


Les étudiants suivent les instructions du professeur.
The students follow the teacher's instructions.


Ma sœur vit dans un super appartement.
My sister lives in a great apartment.


Mon chien me suit toute la journée.
My dog follows me all day long.


Vous vivez loin d'ici ?
Do you live far from here?


Où est-ce que tu vis ?
Where do you live?


Je te suis tous les jours.
I follow you every day.


Nous suivons le chemin attentivement.
We're following the path carefully.


Q&A

Susan

Kwiziq community member

26 September 2016

3 replies

When would one use, "vivre," and when,

"habiter?"

Chris

Kwiziq community member

27 September 2016

27/09/16

I see the problem in English because here you only realistically have "to live" as a translation for both French verbs. "Vivre" is to live and "habiter" is more like to reside, i.e., where your place of residence is. Hardly any difference at all and, to me, virtual synonyms.

-- Chris.

Laura

Kwiziq language super star

27 September 2016

27/09/16

As Chris said, they are very similar, though not exactly the same: Habiter vs vivre.

Susan

Kwiziq community member

27 September 2016

27/09/16

Excellent link. Thanks!

John

Kwiziq community member

5 August 2016

3 replies

Je suis

So I am and I follow is the same? I am you = I follow you = je te suis?

Laura

Kwiziq language super star

5 August 2016

5/08/16

Bonjour J,

Well, I'm not sure that anyone would ever say "I am you" but yes, the first person singular conjugations for être and suivre are the same: Je suis.

Lanny

Kwiziq community member

8 October 2017

8/10/17

My wife has a great story about learning French in high-school. They were given random slips of paper and told to tell a story. Her's was, "I am a tree." [Je suis un arbre.] She started in with, "I followed a tree to school. Where it was going I do not know." [Je suis un arbre...] She relates that her teacher looked confused, had the lightbulb go off, took off her glasses and laughed for five minutes.

Theresa-Marie

Kwiziq community member

26 November 2017

26/11/17

Laura,

True, one may not say "I am you", but one would say "I follow Jesus Christ". Would the same sentence structure be used in that case: "Je Jésus-Christ suis"?
Let me take a look at that...