‘Faire’ (to do) in the present tense in French

‘Faire’ means “to do” and is an irregular verb in French. It’s a verb that you should definitely know off by heart since it is used heavily in so many contexts. It’s also a very useful verb to use when you want to talk about chores in the house. Here are a few handy expressions:

  • Faire mon lit – To make my bed
  • Faire la lessive – To do the washing
  • Faire le ménage – To do the cleaning
  • Faire le repassage – To do the ironing
  • Faire la vaisselle – To do the washing-up
  • Faire les courses – To do the shopping
  • Faire du jardinage – To do some gardening

Check this lesson to learn more expressions about helping around the house in the present tense.

Faire in the present tense in French

‘Faire’ au présent en français (‘To do’ in the present tense in French)Sons (French audio)‘To do’ au présent en français (‘Faire’ in the present tense in French)
Je fais
I do
Tu fais
You do
Il fait
He does
Elle fait
She does
On fait
One does
Nous faisons
We do
Vous faites
You do
Ils font
They do (male)
Elles font
They do (female)


Check out the lesson on the present tense if you want to learn more about the present tense in French.

Elsewhere on the web - BBC Bitesize

Check the Bitesize GCSE guide about the present tense for some extra learning.


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