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Conjugate vouloir in Le Présent (present tense)

The verb vouloir (to want) is irregular in Le Présent:

 

je veux I want
tu veux You want (one person you know well)
il/elle/on veut He/She/We/one/people want
   
nous voulons We want
vous voulez You want (more than 1 person or formal)
ils/elles veulent They want

Listen to these sentences:

Je veux un petit frère.
I want a little brother.


Tu veux de l'eau?
Do you want some water?


Il veut une glace.
He wants an ice cream.


Nous voulons une nouvelle voiture.
We want a new car.


Vous voulez une glace?
Do you want an ice cream?


Ils veulent manger des frites.
They want to eat chips.

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Il veut une glace.
He wants an ice cream.


Ils veulent manger des frites.
They want to eat chips.


Nous voulons une nouvelle voiture.
We want a new car.


Tu veux de l'eau?
Do you want some water?


Vous voulez une glace?
Do you want an ice cream?


Je veux un petit frère.
I want a little brother.



Q&A

Dominic

Kwiziq community member

5 December 2017

2 replies

Wouldn’t conditional be acceptable? “Would you like some water?”

Chris

Kwiziq community member

5 December 2017

5/12/17

"Voudriez-vous de l'eau" is acceptiable, if that's what you were thinking. It is actually more polite than simply "Voulez-vous de l'eau".

-- Chris (not a native speaker).

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

28 February 2018

28/02/18

Hi Dominic, 


Not in this case, you would simply use the present tense in the question.


Vous voulez de l'eau ?


The polite answer might be to say ,


j'en voudrais bien merci. 


But the question doesn't need extra politeness, the fact you are offering water is enough. 


Hope this helps!

Jamie

Kwiziq community member

10 June 2017

1 reply

Voulez-vous vs voudrez-vouz

Why is it that "voulez-vous" is a more common translation of "would you like" than the conditional "voudriez-vous"?

Ron

Kwiziq community member

12 June 2017

12/06/17

The French are generally very polite in sentence request phrasing and the use of le conditionnel is considered to be more polite, i.e. je voudrais, pourriez-vous, voudriez-vous. Loosely translated:
I would like vs je peux I want, could you and would you instead of pouvez-vous, voulez-vous can you, do you want. Le conditionnel seems less abrupt.

CARLEEN

Kwiziq community member

10 October 2016

2 replies

How to conjugate vouloir in the subjuctive

Chris

Kwiziq community member

10 October 2016

10/10/16

So what's your question? Isn't the answer right in the lesson? -- Chris.

Chris

Kwiziq community member

10 October 2016

10/10/16

Sorry, I was too quick. You are asking about the Subjunctive.

je veuille
tu veuilles
il/elle veuille
nous voulions
vous vouliez
ils/elles veuillent

As a general hint: there are conjugation tables available on the internet, e.g. this one: http://conjugator.reverso.net/conjugation-french-verb-vouloir.html

-- Chris.

Alexandra

Kwiziq community member

18 December 2015

3 replies

when to use on veut vs nous voulons?

Laura

Kwiziq language super star

18 December 2015

18/12/15

Bonjour Alexandra,

Nous voulons is the normal way to say "we want" in French. On veut is informal. Note that on veut can also mean "you" and "people in general": https://kwiziq.learnfrenchwithalexa.com/my-languages/french/view/703

Susan

Kwiziq community member

7 October 2016

7/10/16

but doesn't on also mean we ?

Mai

Kwiziq community member

9 January 2017

9/01/17

Yes and as Laura mentioned, it's "informal". So if you're with your friends, you can use "on" instead of "nous".

Darren

Kwiziq community member

7 November 2015

3 replies

voudrais vs veux when to use which?

Laura

Kwiziq language super star

9 November 2015

9/11/15

Bonjour Darren !

Je veux means "I want" - it's very direct.

Je voudrais means "I would like" - it's softer and politer, so you'd use it when ordering in a restaurant or shopping, for example.

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

8 December 2015

8/12/15

In France, we actually teach children to use "voudrais" instead of "veux" as it is more polite.
"Maman, je veux un gâteau!
- Non, on dit 'je voudrais / j'aimerais un gâteau, s'il-te-plaît maman' "
:)

David

Kwiziq community member

25 January 2018

25/01/18

Merci pour les exemples.
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