Avoir in the Present Tense

The Verb Avoir

Learn the present tense of the verb AVOIR + how it is used to mean TO HAVE and also TO BE in certain situations in French  – Use AVOIR with AGE and feelings of hunger, thirst, fear and need or desire to do things.
The resource includes a video clip, an online quiz, a transcript of the video, and a worksheet.
Study the grammar, work with the video, do the quiz, and for more practice print off the worksheet and fill in the gaps.

J’ai                  I have
tu as                  you have
il/elle a             he/she has
nous avons    we have
vous avez       you (plural) have
Ils/elles ont   they have

Avoir  = to have:
J’ai un chat  I have a cat
Ils ont une voiture  They have a car

The verb AVOIR is also used to talk about feelings such as having hunger, as well as to talk about having years (age):
Avoir faim         
to have hunger = to be hungry     
J’ai faim   
         I am hungry (I have hunger!)
– – – –
Avoir soif           
to be thirsty
J’ai soif              
I am thirsty (I have thirst!)
– – – –
Avoir peur        
to be scared
J’ai peur              I am scared/frightened (I have fear!)
– – – –
Avoir froid         to be cold
J’ai froid             I am cold
– – – –
Avoir chaud      to be hot
J’ai chaud          I am hot
– – – –
Avoir mal          to be ill
J’ai mal              I am ill
– – – –
avoir raison      to be right
J’ai raison         I am right
– – – –
avoir tort           to be wrong
J’ai tort
              I am wrong

AVOIR for Age in French:
Quel âge as-tu?

How old are you?
J’ai douze ans
I am twelve (I have been around for 12 years ..?!)

AVOIR to want or need something!
Avoir besoin de  
– to need … 
J’ai besoin de quelque chose!
I NEED something!

Avoir envie de     to want …     
J’ai envie de jouer!
I want to play!

Avoir de la chance    To be lucky
Tu as de la chance!

You are lucky!

AVOIR to say ‘there is/there are’:
Oh!  Il y a un crapaud!
Oh!  There is a toad!
Il y a de bonnes choses en France
 There are good things in France!

To start with practice just in the 1st person, present tense, go to:
Avoir practice: J’ai
For more advanced practice go to, Avoir in the Perfect Tense.

The Verb Avoir Practice Video clip</h2

The Verb Avoir Online Quiz


Woof! You were great!
Have another go! Do a bit more practice first: Avoir practice

#1. I have a toy

#2. How old are you?

#3. He has a nice face

#4. There is a toad

#5. There are nice things in France ? The translation for There is + There are in French is exactly the same!

#6. I am twelve

#7. I am hungry

#8. We need something

#9. You(plural) are frightened

#10. They are thirsty


Downloadable Worksheet

(The phrases correspond to images on the video clip  –  Watch, listen and join in)
Bonjour Billy!  Bonjour Maggie!
Tu as … As-tu?
Quel âge as-tu?
J’ai sept ans.
Quel âge as-tu Billy?
J’ai deux ans.
– – –
J’ai onze ans.
J’ai dix ans.
J’ai douze ans.

J’ai froid!
J’ai envie de jouer.
J’ai envie de rester ici!
Tu as de la chance Maggie!
Billy a des poils noirs et blancs.
Il a un visage gentil.
Oh!  Il y a un crapaud!  Regardez!
Nous avons besoin de quelque chose.
Nous avons soif!
Oui!  J’ai soif!
Vous avez peur de nous.  Nous sommes méchants!
Vous avez peur de nous!
Vous n’avez pas peur de moi.  Je suis gentil.
Vous n’avez pas peur de moi.
Ils ont faim!
Mm…  Il y a de bonnes choses en France ..!

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