2 Before we go any further…. What is an infinitive?Definition: It is the most basic form of a verb.In French, infinitives end in -er, -ir, or -re.Infinitives in English look like this: "to + verb" eg. to run / to eat / to listenThe infinitive by itself does NOT have a tense.It is a bit like an “idea”.It can be helpful to think of the infinitive as a sort of “title” for a verb.
3 ETRE – to be ETRE is an infinitive. It is a bit like a title for the verb.To actually use the verb in a sentence, we need to know the present tense forms.We have already seen the subject pronouns.JE TU IL ELLE ONNOUS VOUS ILS ELLESEach subject pronoun needs its own particular form of the verb.
4 Bonne Nouvelle!There are nine subject pronouns but there are only SIX forms of the verb, so some double or even triple up!HOURRA!Let’s take a look – Si on regarde…..
5 ( je suis I am tu es you are*singular / informal il est he is / it is *can refer to a person or a thingelle est she is / it is *can refer to a person or a thingon est one is / we arenous sommes we arevous êtes you are *plural / formalils sont they are *can refer to people or thingselles sont they are *can refer to people or thingsbb((
6 Salut Marie-France. JE SUIS! Of course, you can not get very far in a conversation with only the verb ÊTRE.Salut Marie-France. JE SUIS!Hein?
7 to finish off the sentence. We need someadjectivesto finish off the sentence.