Avoir is an incredibly common verb in the French language. It is also an irregular verb meaning that if you know the average verb conjugation rules (coming up at a later date), they DO NOT apply to the verb avoir.
Avoir means TO HAVE
Here is how we conjugate it depending on the subject:
J’ai (Je + ai but we replace the e with an ‘ )- I have
Tu as – You have (an informal you)
Il/elle a – He/she has
Nous avons- We have
Vous avez- You have (formal you or plural you)
Ils/elles ont- The girls or boys have/they have
So now that we have the basic conjugation of this verb here are some ways to put it in a sentence:
J’ai un ballon. I have a ball.
Tu as un ballon. You have a ball.
Vous avez un ballon, monsieur. You have a ball, sir.
Paul a un ballon. Paul has a ball.
Nous avons les ballons. We have the balls.
Ils ont les ballons. They have the balls.
J’ai deux bras. I have two arms.
Tu as deux mains. You have two hands.
And just in case you didn’t know…
- un ballon – a ball
- les ballons – the balls
- deux -two
- des mains- hands
- des bras- arms