French Grammar

By taking the time to understand how the French language works, you'll be able to speak French naturally, and read and write in French. We know this can be one of the more challenging parts of your course, and we’re here to help! You can browse the topics, do a search in the top right corner of this page, or start a new conversation. Don’t be shy!

When to use Etre vs Avoir for Past Perfect Tense

TItle says it. If i remember my high school French you use Etre for verbs that indicate going somewhere and Avoir for everything else? Like " I got back to the hotel" Would be Je Suis Rendu A L'hotel? Am I right or wrong here?:)

3 replies - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - November 25, 2013

Je veux vs. J'en veux

In the Basic Numbers lesson, sometimes "J'en veux trois..." is used, and other times "Je veux quatre..." is used. Is it a difference in formality, kind of like "I would like..." vs. "I want..."?

2 replies - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - November 25, 2013

ça fait vs. il est

I am still new to French, and I do not understand when you should use ça fait to say "it is" and when to use il est. Examples: il est ferme- it is closed combien ça fait?- how much is it? ça fait 60 euros- it is 60 euros I imagine that the answer is that ...

2 replies - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - November 25, 2013

about de past tense

Is there an special rule to use the verbs ETRE AND AVOIR, as auxiliars, with other verbs, ? for example, can i use etre with finir, o aimer with etre? Because in the lesson 3.7 and 3.8 ALLEr used as auxiliar ETRE, is posible using AVOIR? Thanks

2 replies - Last post by Diana-S1 - November 15, 2013

Nous nous

Could someone explain why there needs to be two nous in the following please? J’espère que nous nous arrêtons bientôt Thankyou

11 replies - Last post by sir_alex - October 19, 2013

Money:

why do we learn dollars and centimes when France uses the Euro?

4 replies - Last post by sir_alex - October 19, 2013

Je viens des/du ?

Salut, i didn't really get this, when to use des and when du?

3 replies - Last post by sir_alex - October 19, 2013

is it correct to say....?

Hello, Is it correct grammar-wise to say: je ne parle pas français, bien que je parle anglais. ? Many thanks

0 replies - Last post by theo-22 - October 19, 2013

Use of 'nous'

I am a little confused by a section of lesson 4.4 - At the restaurant. Why are there two 'nous' in this sentence?: "Certainement, nous aussi nous avons des plats végétariens" In the rocket review audio it sounds like it's pronounced differently to the ...

2 replies - Last post by SisterLuna-- - September 6, 2013

are you busy

are you busy

1 reply - Last post by toru e - August 12, 2013

Verbs/verb drills

Where are verbs covered in this program? Are there any audio verb drills?

1 reply - Last post by toru e - July 22, 2013

correction of grammar

Please check if the following para is correct? Je voudrais louer un appartment pour habiter à Paris pendant deux semaines cet été.Je ne veux pas rester à l'hôtel parce que c'est trop cher.Je vais aller à une agence immobilière pour les conseille sur com...

2 replies - Last post by Elle - June 13, 2013

The pronoun "en"

How to use the pronoun "en" correctly?

1 reply - Last post by toru e - May 31, 2013

What is the best way to say "You speak English very well"?

I was wondering what is the best way to say "You speak English very well"? I am not sure whether at the end it should be "Anglais", or "l'anglais" ? Vous parlez tres bien Anglais / Tu parles tres bien Anglais OR Vous parlez tres bien l'Anglais / Tu par...

6 replies - Last post by SisterLuna-- - May 28, 2013

nous nous question

Why do you need to add a second 'nous' in the following sentence: J'esperè que nous nous arrêtons bientôt.

2 replies - Last post by Heather--114 - May 24, 2013

Du vs De in French | De vs Du in French

While I was reviewing a Lesson Plan from Rocket French Premium I came upon a slight confusion. It was the use of de and du in French. Are those de and du interchangeable? Or are there certain scenarios when it is grammatically correct to use de instead o...

8 replies - Last post by toru e - May 8, 2013

Response to Quoi de neuf ?

How should you respond to Quoi de neuf ? Is ca va acceptable?

2 replies - Last post by SisterLuna-- - April 18, 2013

about quellle

what is the difference between la quelle au quelle du quelle

4 replies - Last post by Julien-C - February 12, 2013

Wait

how do you say please speak a little bit slower

4 replies - Last post by Jesulona-A - February 9, 2013

on and nous

Is it ok to use 'on' instead on 'nous' when traveling in France for conversation?

4 replies - Last post by Karen-H - February 8, 2013

L’hôtel

Can't find an answer to this: Why is it L’hôtel instead of le or la hotel? Hotel does not begin with a vowel, or is this an exception? The rule is below: L' "The" + any noun beginning with a vowel Love the course so far! Thanks

10 replies - Last post by Julien-C - February 8, 2013

What does l' refer to

Hi, just wondering what the l' refers to "c'est très souvent que l'on doit changer ou annuler une réservation.

2 replies - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - February 3, 2013

How can you get it memorized?

Its like the title says, how can you get it memorized? do you just keep saying it until you can say it right off the bat?

1 reply - Last post by 3DWhispers - January 19, 2013

accent or no accent

Under 2.9 , the letter A is referred to both with and without an accent and also with a very confusing mark which looks like a quotation mark after the letter a ie a". To a novice, this looks like a another type of accent mark with no further explainatio...

6 replies - Last post by Julien-C - January 10, 2013

Tu and vous

Can I say Parle tu Francais instead of parle vous Francais ? Vous Voulez un cafe ? But can I say Veux tu un cafe?

2 replies - Last post by Julien-C - January 8, 2013

Help plsss!!

im new here..can anyone help me speak french fluently?? add me on skype : rafeeq_roy email : rafeeq_rosyaidi@yahoo.com

1 reply - Last post by Julien-C - January 8, 2013

definitive nouns

why is the hotel written l'hotel when h is not a vowel?

4 replies - Last post by Julien-C - January 8, 2013

Masculine or Feminine

How do you know whether a word is masculine or feminine (whether to use un/une or le/la)? Is it a matter of memorization or is there a rule? For example, is there a reason why cafe is masculine and boisson is feminine?

2 replies - Last post by jason☺ - December 17, 2012

"Dans" and "en"

What is the difference between "dans" and "en" in French? could someone explain, please?

2 replies - Last post by Fire-d'tre-gyptienne-- - December 9, 2012

Proficiecy Tests

I have for a llong time taken the proficiency test in stage 1. How do I get access to proficiency test-stage 2?

1 reply - Last post by Rocket-Languages - December 3, 2012

Audio Tracks - not working?

I can't seem to get the audio tracks in the Grammer sections to work. Using Mozila Firefox but still no sounds. Has someone discovered how to get the audio to come on for the vocabulary words?

4 replies - Last post by Rocket-Languages - December 3, 2012

WHICH TIME I SHOULD USE LES OR DES

salut a tous ANY BODY CAN HELP ME WHICH TIME I SHOULD USE "DES" OR" LES" I KNOW ABOUT WHEN le la =les and un une= des but i dont understand which time should use it for EX merci pour les fleurs why i cant say merci pour des fleurs this is my probl...

1 reply - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - December 3, 2012

Need Extra Notes for intermediate level

For the staff of Rocket French. Hi, I have finished the beginners and moved on to the intermediate level courses. However, for the intermediate level, there is no Extra Vocabulary, which provides the phrases mentioned in the audio and the answers of Rock...

5 replies - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - October 26, 2012

my next lesson

I love this. It really helps me to know how to speak french better. Keep up the good work guys.

0 replies - Last post by Wiskendy-Francois - October 24, 2012

french help

how I make this sentence Il fait froid dehors in l'imparfait form?

1 reply - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - October 13, 2012

Need help!

Bonjour Heba! This is quite a big question and if I were you I would try not worry too much about when and where to use them because the more French you see and read the better you will understand where to use them. However, here is a simple explanation:...

0 replies - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - October 13, 2012

french grammar

french grammar

1 reply - Last post by Usman-J - October 10, 2012

2 quick grammar questions

Bonjour, I'm still very new here and am only on the second lesson so sorry if theses are obvious questions. 1. I'm quite confused on silent letters in French. When are they silent? When are they not? and what letters are silent? are any of the lessons on...

2 replies - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - September 23, 2012

Understanding Tenses

Is there a section where I can get some rules on use of tenses - J'avais, Je voudrais Je fera.... etc. Just for a point of reference really as to the contexts.

7 replies - Last post by Diana-S1 - September 22, 2012

skype or facebook

any one on facebook or skype who would like to practice with a beginner

3 replies - Last post by kun-s - September 15, 2012

questions et réponses

I have asked 3 Questions and answers. Please check whether they're correct or incorrect. If they are not correct please write the proper "Questions and answers" merci beaucoup Il connait ecrire chinois? negative answer: " non; il ne connait ...

8 replies - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - August 3, 2012

In and on

Bonjour, I would like to know is "in" de in french? and how about on? example,i work in Nairobi in Kenya...is it ok if i say, "J'ai travaille de Nairobi ou Kenya?

1 reply - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - July 13, 2012

"COD" and "En"

please check the sentences if they are right? i use "COD" and "En" negative and positive sentences. merci beaucoup COD 1) nous mangeons les pommes. nous les mangeons. nous ne les mangeons pas. ............................................... 2) ...

0 replies - Last post by Rose--8 - July 13, 2012

Avoir and Etre

Conjugation?

2 replies - Last post by Moses-F - May 28, 2012

grammer

IN 2.4 WHY WAS IT EN CE MOMENT AND NOT A CE MOMENT

10 replies - Last post by Liton-C - April 8, 2012

Lesson 11.3

Lesson 11.3 This is what is written Eric: Et bien. J'étais garé en ville, près de la rue Molière. J'ai mis de l'argent dans le parcmètre et quand je suis retourné, des agents de circulation étaient en train de me mettre une contravention et la fourri...

0 replies - Last post by Sheila-H - April 1, 2012

AUX POMMES

WHY SHOULD IT BE 'UNE TARTE AUX POMMES' (WHY AUX) AND NOT 'DES' ?

2 replies - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - March 16, 2012

s & x

hi friends there is a little problem with S and X 1-i read that S is used just for making words plural is there any other use of it? 2-and i seen X some where that have been used at the end of some words , do you know when we use it? Merci beaucoup

1 reply - Last post by Liton-C - March 11, 2012

nos-notre/vos- votre

hi there i'm a new one in this site and i have big problem with (nos - notre) &(vos - votre) can you explaine them for me that when we use them?

3 replies - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere - March 2, 2012

Je viens de...

Bonjour, Est-ce qu'on dit "Je viens de Canada" ou "Je viens du Canada". Egalement, Je viens de la France/de France? Encore plus, "au sud de la France" ou "au sud de France"? Merci par avance! Mira K.

4 replies - Last post by fozo-1 - January 31, 2012

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