Conjugate boire in Le Présent (present tense)

The verb boire (to drink) is irregular in Présent indicatif in French.

BOIRE  (to drink)

je bois
tu bois
il/elle/on boit
nous buvons
vous buvez
ils/elles boivent

 
Listen to these examples:

Je bois du vin rouge à tous les repas.
I drink red wine with every meal.

Tu bois quelque chose ?
Are you drinking anything?

Ma mère ne boit pas d'alcool.
My mother doesn't drink alcohol.

Nous buvons 2 litres d'eau par jour.
We drink 2 litres of water per day.

Vous buvez du thé.
You're drinking tea.

Mes parents ne boivent jamais de lait.
My parents never drink milk.

 

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Tu bois quelque chose ?
Are you drinking anything?


Mes parents ne boivent jamais de lait.
My parents never drink milk.


Je bois du vin rouge à tous les repas.
I drink red wine with every meal.


Vous buvez du thé.
You're drinking tea.


Nous buvons 2 litres d'eau par jour.
We drink 2 litres of water per day.


Ma mère ne boit pas d'alcool.
My mother doesn't drink alcohol.


Q&A

Joan

Kwiziq community member

7 June 2018

3 replies

why we don't "Je bois du vin rouge avez tous les repas"? Since the translation of "with" is "avez"

Chris

Kwiziq community member

7 June 2018

7/06/18

Hi Joan,

that's just the way it is, Joan. There is no reason. I believe it might even be possible to use "avec" as an alternative to "au" in that case. But "au" sounds better to the French ear (according to two French native speakers I asked about this).

In English you also have two alternatives, which by chance correspond almost exactly to the French situation. But constantly drawing parallels between English and French is not the best way to progress. You have to learn to think French by simply accepting to doing it "the French way".

I'll have wine with the meal.
I'll have wine to the meal.

Greetings, -- Chris (not a native speaker).

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

8 June 2018

8/06/18

Hi Joan,

Yes, as Chris says you could use 'avec' but I would probably say:

Je bois du vin rouge avec mes repas. 

or

Je bois du vin rouge aux repas. 

or

Je bois du vin rouge à tous les repas.

Just several ways to say about the same thing...

Hope this helps!

Joan

Kwiziq community member

22 July 2018

22/07/18

Thanks Chris and Cécile, it is clear to me now. 

Joan

Kwiziq community member

7 June 2018

1 reply

why we don't "Je bois du vin rouge à tous les repas"

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

8 June 2018

8/06/18

Hi Joan, 

I have just answered this question posted earlier, let me know if okay.

Clever stuff underway!