3Finally, there are "tenses" in French just as there are in English. The most commonly usedtenses in speech are the present tense, "I want", the future tense, "I will want", and the pasttense, "I wanted". The same thing happens in French; we say "je veux" for the present tense,"je voudrai" for the future tense and "j'ai voulu" for the past tense.Don't be overwhelmed by the differing genders and tenses. At this point, it is only importantto know that these changes take place both in English and in French and you will becomeaccustomed to the changes in French as you speak the language more and more.What Did We Learn?1.
A Sentence in French needs a subject, a verb and an ______.2.
In English, an article such as "a" stays the same. In French, it ______.3.
Articles change with the gender. We say une banana, but __ sandwich.4.
Adjectives also change. A white flower is "une fleur blanche", but a white dog is unchien ____.5.
Since there are no fixed rules about which nouns will be masculine or feminine, it isbest to learn any new nouns with their_______.6.
There are ______ in French just as there are in English.7.
The past tense in French for I wanted is _________.8.
Feminine nouns have ______ adjectives.9.
Verb ending in French stay pretty much the ____.10.
Changes in tense take place in both English and ______.
French Verb Tenses
We know that the English language uses "tenses" for verbs to indicate when an action takesplace, and the same is true for French. In the present tense, the action is taking place now, inthe future tense, it will take place and in the past tense, it already took place. In both Englishand French, there are many complicated tenses, many of which we don't even use in everydayspeech. So for these French lessons, we will only learn the most common tenses: the present,future and past. You don't even need to know the French names for theses tenses, you onlyneed to know at which time the action is taking place.French verbs have different endings to indicate the tense of the verb. Those endings dependon the "type" of verb. There are two types of verbs in French, regular and irregular verbs.Regular verbs always have the same endings, whereas irregular verbs have their own uniqueendings. Of the regular there are three kinds: "er" verbs, "ir" verbs and "re" verbs.ALL regular "
" verbs will have the same endings that the verb Parler (to speak) has.Present Tense Future Tense Past TenseJe parle Je parlerai J'ai parleTu parles Tu parleras Tu as parleIl/Elle parle Il/Elle parlera Il/Elle a parleNous parlons Nous parlerons Nous avons parleVous parlez Vous parlerez Vouz avez parleIls/Elles parlent Ils/Elles parleront Ils/Elles ont parle