Faire partie de = To be part of

Look at these sentences:

Tu veux faire partie de l'équipe?
Do you want to be part of the team?

Elle ne fait pas partie de mes invités.
She is not part of my guests.

Nous ne faisons pas partie de ses amis.
We're not part of his friends.

Ils vont faire partie de la parade.
They're going to be part of the parade.

Je fais partie du club d'échecs.
I'm part of the chess club.


Notice that to express ''to be part of something / to belong to'', in French you use ''faire partie de quelque chose''.

Note also that de becomes du with masculine and des with plural.

 

ATTENTION:

Je suis partie de Paris.  actually means ''I left [from]Paris.''  (It's Le Passé Composé of 'partir')

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Examples and resources

Nous ne faisons pas partie de ses amis.
We're not part of his friends.


Je fais partie de ce groupe.
I am part of that band.


Elle ne fait pas partie de mes invités.
She is not part of my guests.


Je fais partie du club d'échecs.
I'm part of the chess club.


Tu veux faire partie de l'équipe?
Do you want to be part of the team?


Ils vont faire partie de la parade.
They're going to be part of the parade.


Q&A

Mme

Kwiziq community member

14 May 2018

1 reply

So is this verb expression only applied with people? How about non-people subjects? i.e. a work being part of a series, a country part of the EU...

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

14 May 2018

14/05/18

Hi Mme,


Indeed you can use 'faire partie de' for things as well as people.


e.g.


Les nations qui font partie de l' Union Européenne sont...


Ce projet fait partie d'une série de réformes économiques....


Hope this helps!

Stewart

Kwiziq community member

24 October 2017

1 reply

Ron

Kwiziq community member

24 October 2017

24/10/17

Bonjour Stewart,
I do not find a question in your post relative to the lesson. Please repost or add your question via reply.
Bonne chance.

roger

Kwiziq community member

20 May 2017

1 reply

The verb "faire" in Le Subjonctif

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

21 May 2017

21/05/17

Bonjour Roger !

Here is a link to our lesson related to faire in Le Subjonctif:
https://kwiziq.learnfrenchwithalexa.com/revision/grammar/conjugate-faire-in-le-subjonctif-present-the-subjunctive-mood

Bonne journée !

Steven

Kwiziq community member

31 August 2016

3 replies

with plurals, de becomes des.....

Why isn't it "Nous ne faisons pas partie DES amis" as "ses amis" is plural? But then I guess that would apply to "de les amis", so what's going on here?

Gruff

Kwiziq language super star

31 August 2016

31/08/16

Hi Steven, in negative expressions, we always use de or d' irrespective of plurality. See this lesson: du, de la, de l', & des all become de or d' in negative sentences

Steven

Kwiziq community member

31 August 2016

31/08/16

Merci, une réponse très rapide!
But how do we deal with posessive articles when it's not negative?
So, "nous faisons partie (de ses) amis = .....des amis; je fais partie (de mes) invités = ....des invités?

Laura

Kwiziq language super star

1 September 2016

1/09/16

Bonjour Steven,


Possessive adjectives don't contract, so you'd say nous faisons partie de ses amis, je fais partie de mes invités, etc.


Or if you're not using the adjective, then yes, you say des amis, des invités.

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