The French verb “aller” is one of the most common French verbs and literally means “to go”. Like in English the verb “to go” is used to express a near future action.
Example: I’m going to speak = Je vais parler
Its irregular form is not going to be difficult to remember. We use it all the time in our daily life therefore you will learn its conjugation pretty fast! Here is the verb “aller” (to go) in the present tense. Listen to the audio and try to imitate my pronunciation.
Je vais (I go/I’m going/I do go)
Tu vas (You go/you’re going/ You do go)
Il/elle/on va (he,she, we go/ is, are going /does, do go)
Nous allons (We go/are going/do go)
Vous allez (You go/ are going/do go)
Ils/elles vont (They go/are going/do go)
The verb “Aller” is also used in many idiomatic expressions. I have selected 10 very useful phrases that you’ll be happy to use in your daily conversation 😉
|Je vais bien / mal||I go well/bad||I am well/ unwell|
|Tu vas à pied||You go at foot||You go by foot|
|Il va chercher Élodie||He goes to look for Elodie||He gets, he is getting Elodie/ he is picking up Elodie...|
|Elle va en voiture à l'université||She goes by car to university||She drives to university|
|Allons-y||Let's go there||Let's go|
|Allez-y||Go there||Go ahead|
|Ils vont au fond des choses||They go to the depth/end of things||They get to the bottom of things|
|Elles s'en vont||They go from ...||They leave / go away|
|Le vin et le fromage vont bien ensemble||Wine and cheese go well together||Wine and cheese match well|
|ça te va bien||That goes to you well||That suits you|
Note: The phrase “s’en aller”, you have to conjugate the verb aller as a reflexive verb.
Ex: Je m‘en vais/ Tu t’en vas/ Il, elle, on s’en va / Nous nous en allons / Vous vous en allez/ ils, elles s’en vont.
If you want to say “Go away!” to someone you can say : Va t’en ! (to one person that you know well) or Allez-vous-en! (to one person you don’t really know or to more than one person)
And if you don’t know or don’t remember what is a reflexive verb, check out our Free Online course for beginners. We have a whole lesson on it and many more on verbs…