French Grammar: The Verb ALLER

French Grammar: The Verb ALLER

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French Grammar: The Verb ALLER
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The verb ALLER means “to go”.  It is used to tell people that something is going to happen. We can use ALLER to let people know what activities are happening soon!

The verb ALLER is also used to tell that someone is going someplace.  So we can also use ALLER to let people know where others are going!

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The verb ALLER means “to go”.  It is used to tell people that something is going to happen. We can use ALLER to let people know what activities are happening soon!

The verb ALLER is also used to tell that someone is going someplace.  So we can also use ALLER to let people know where others are going!

ALLER is an irregular verb. Search the LEAF lessons for more information on irregular verbs.

Here are the conjugations of the verb ALLER in the simple present tense.

ALLER : TO GO …

je VAIS : I am going to …

tu VAS : you (familiar) are going to …

il VA : he / it is going to …

ella VA : she / it is going to …

on VA : one / we / you / people / they are going to …

nous ALLONS : We are going to …

vous ALLEZ : you (formal, plural) are going to …

ils VONT : they (masculine or mixed) are going to …

elles VONT : they (feminine) are going to …

ALLER can be used to express GOING TO DO ACTIONS or GOING TO PLACES.

ACTIONS (les actions) :

Je vais étudier.
I am going to study.

Tu vas faire le ménage?
Are you (familiar) going to clean the house?

Elle va dormir.
She is going to sleep.

Nous allons jouer au football.
We are going to play soccer.

PLACES (les lieux) :

Je vais au magasin.
I am going to the store.

Tu vas à l’école?
Are you (familiar) going to school?

Il va à la bibliothèque.
He is going to the library.

Nous allons à la maison.
We are going home.

When GOING TO masculine singular places, you’ll need to contract the preposition À + the masculine article LE to make the new contraction “AU”.

À + LE  –>  AU

 Here are some examples:

le cinéma -> Je vais AU cinéma.
I am going to the movie theater.

le restaurant -> Nous allons AU restaurant.
We are going to the restaurant.

le supermarché -> Elles vont AU supermarché.
They (feminine) are going to the supermarket.

le parc -> Vous allez AU parc?
Are you (formal, plural) going to the park?

When GOING TO plural places (either masculine or feminine), you’ll need to contract the preposition À + the plural article LES to make the new contraction “AUX”.

À + LES  –>  AUX

Here are some examples:

les montagnes -> Il va aux montagnes pour skier.
He is going to the mountains to ski.

les États-Unis -> Elle va aux États-Unis en septembre.
She is going to the United States in September.

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Où allez-vous?
Where are you (formal) going?

Je vais au café.
I am going to the café.

Où vas-tu?
Where are you (familiar) going?

Je vais à la banque.
I am going to the bank.

Qu’est-ce que tu vas faire?
What are you (familiar) going to do?

Je vais aller au musée.
I am going to go to the museum.

Qu’est-ce que vous allez faire?
What are you (formal) going to do?

Je vais sortir avec mes amis.
I am going to go out with my friends.

Qu’est-ce que les enfants vont faire?
What are the children going to do?

Les enfants vont regarder la télévision.
The children are going to watch television.

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