Conjugate être in Le Présent (present tense)

The verb être (to be) is irregular (it doesn't conjugate the same way as most verbs ending in -re).

It conjugates like this in Le Présent:

je suis
tu es
il/elle/on  est
nous sommes
vous êtes
ils/elles sont


Have a listen to these examples:

Je suis en retard.
I am late.

Tu es jolie.
You are pretty.

Il est grand.
He is tall.

Elle est gentille.
She is nice.

Nous sommes frères.
We are brothers.

Vous êtes soeurs jumelles.
You are twin sisters.

Ils sont irlandais.
They are Irish (men).

Elles sont françaises.
They are French (women).

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Ils sont irlandais.
They are Irish (men).


Tu es jolie.
You are pretty.


Vous êtes soeurs jumelles.
You are twin sisters.


Je suis en retard.
I am late.


Nous sommes frères.
We are brothers.


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Elle est gentille.
She is nice.


Elles sont françaises.
They are French (women).


Il est grand.
He is tall.


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MichaelA2Kwiziq community member

Is there an easy way to select the correct accent mark?

It's very difficult to see the accent marks. Do you actually use the circumflex symbol on this website? It looks like you just use a dot. It's almost impossible to choose the correct accent mark on this website because it's so difficult to see them.

Asked 4 months ago
RowenB1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer

Hi Michael - I've sent you an email about this, as this is a technical question, not a language-related one and I can help you best with further details via email.

Is there an easy way to select the correct accent mark?

It's very difficult to see the accent marks. Do you actually use the circumflex symbol on this website? It looks like you just use a dot. It's almost impossible to choose the correct accent mark on this website because it's so difficult to see them.

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MarnA1Kwiziq community member

I took the quiz if I come back later will there be new questions and how do I raise my percentages?

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I took the quiz if I come back later will there be new questions and how do I raise my percentages?

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