Conjugate être (je suis, tu es, vous êtes) in Le Présent (present tense)

The verb être means to be.

Here's how to say I am and you are in French:

Je suis grand.
I am tall.

Tu es belle.
You are beautiful.

Vous êtes Mme Lupin.
You are Mrs Lupin.

Tu es qui ? 
Who are you?

Note that the verb form changes depending on who is acting. 

Remember that in French, to say you, you will use either: 

- tu to address one person you know well, i.e. informal and singular

- vous to address a group of people, i.e. plural OR one person in a professional context, or that you don't know well, i.e. formal and singular

See also Tu and vous are used for three types of you

Tu es qui ? 
Who are you?

Vous êtes qui ?
Who are you?

 

Here's a link to the full conjugation of être in Présent indicatif:
Conjugate être in Le Présent (present tense)

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Examples and resources

Tu es belle.
You are beautiful.


Vous êtes qui ?
Who are you?


Je suis grand.
I am tall.


Tu es qui ? 
Who are you?


Vous êtes Mme Lupin.
You are Mrs Lupin.


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Q&A

Bill

Kwiziq community member

20 March 2019

4 replies

Une question à propos de conjugaison

Bonjour,

Je voudrais poser une question à propos de conjugaison, particulièrement avec être.  Dans les cas où on a veut exprimer deux sujets en une seule phrase pour le même verbe, par exemple deux sujets séparés par une virgule, quel sujet détermine la forme verbale à utiliser ?  Par exemple, si je veux exprimer « tout le monde, surtout les jeunes,… » est-ce qu’on utiliserait « sont » après « les jeunes ?  Et quel est la règle qui détermine la bonne forme ?  Merci d’avance et j’espère que j’ai utilisé la bonne grammaire dans ces phrases, j’accueille les conseils.   

Bill

Kwiziq community member

20 March 2019

20/03/19

Pardon-moi, je suis sûr que j’ai demandé ça sur la mauvaise page, mais je ne savais pas où j’aurais dû demander ça.

Bill

Kwiziq community member

20 March 2019

20/03/19

« Pardonne-moi » !  Je déteste quand je fais des erreurs, mais c’est mieux de faire des erreurs que de ne pas de tout écrire, non ?

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

20 March 2019

20/03/19

Bonjour Bill,

Dans cette exemple, le verbe doit s'accorder avec 'tout le monde';

'surtout les jeunes' est presque entre parenthèses, et le sujet principal est 'tout le monde' qui est singulier donc,

est 

est correct...

Bonne continuation!

 

Bill

Kwiziq community member

20 March 2019

20/03/19

Merci Cécile et bonne journée !

Brandon

Kwiziq community member

15 March 2019

1 reply

"Vous etes qui" means "who are you". "Vous etes Mme Lupin" means "You are Mrs Lupin". How is that, I'm confused? I've only been studying two weeks!

Just not sure how this switches/changes from a question to a statement.

Michelle

Kwiziq community member

18 March 2019

18/03/19

As for "Vous êtes qui?", I don't know what this kind of question is called. It's not an est-ce question or an inversion question, but it's fairly typical. Pronoun--verb--question word.

That's just the syntax of French is this case. Maybe it helps you to think of "Vous êtes qui?" as "You are who?"

Actually "Vous êtes Mme Lupin", could be a question as well. You would simply have to raise your voice at the end of the sentence to make it one or place a question mark behind it when writing. We sometimes do this in English. For example, if someone tells you something that seems surprising you might say "It is?" or "You do?"

There are other types of questions, but I won't get into them as you just started learning French two weeks ago.

I hope this helps. 

John

Kwiziq community member

20 January 2019

1 reply

Que est que ce?

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

23 March 2019

23/03/19

Vous avez une question John?

Chelsie

Kwiziq community member

18 February 2018

1 reply

Other Pronouns

Chris

Kwiziq community member

19 February 2018

19/02/18

Would you like to pose a question and, if so, what is it?

-- Chris. 

Georgia

Kwiziq community member

5 February 2018

1 reply

Pour les autres sujets?

C'est: Je suis Tu es Il est Elle est Nous sommes? Vous êtes Ils sont? Elles sont?

Chris

Kwiziq community member

5 February 2018

5/02/18

Yes, that seems correct to me.

-- Chris (not a native speaker).

Francisco

Kwiziq community member

30 October 2017

2 replies

is it "vous êtes qui" always?

So if I'm asking to a group of people "Who are you?" the question would be the same as if I'd be asking that to a single person?? Is it vous êtes qui, no matter what? I was expecting it to be like "quis" or some plural there

Chris

Kwiziq community member

30 October 2017

30/10/17

No it is "vous êtes qui?" In this case one would probably use the inverted form of the question: "Qui êtes-vous?" By just looking at this sentence you couldn't tell whether it is about a single person being addressed formally or a group of people. But that is the same in English: "who are you" has a similar ambiguity. Greetings, -- Chris (not a native speaker)

Laura

Kwiziq language super star

1 November 2017

1/11/17

Bonjour Francisco, That's correct, qui is invariable.

Nigel

Kwiziq community member

25 October 2017

1 reply

Il est une pipe? Non, il est une peintre

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

25 October 2017

25/10/17

Bonjour Nigel !

I love Magritte, what a great artist!

However, here's how we would say :

C'est une pipe ? Non, c'est une peinture (a painting) / un-e peintre (a painter).

Have a look at our related lesson:
https://progress.lawlessfrench.com/revision/grammar/when-to-use-cest-or-il-est-elle-est-to-say-it-is

Bonne journée !

amanda

Kwiziq community member

20 September 2017

2 replies

anyone?

does anyone know how to get a bigger level i transfered from a francophone school to an english school as a grade 8 but it put me as a0 instead of advanced and ive been getting 10-10 on the a2 test and it has not switched my level

Gruff

Kwiziq language super star

20 September 2017

20/09/17

Hi Amanda, levels are upgraded when students achieve a level Kwiziq score of 75% (silver shield).

amanda

Kwiziq community member

21 September 2017

21/09/17

thank you for your help:)

Patrick

Kwiziq community member

23 May 2017

1 reply

why is it that we can say je suis des parents, but not je suis des a amoureux?

I mean this as in, when we say je suis des parents we say I am a parent, but when we say je suis des a amoureux we say I'm lovers - which makes no sense. Maybe it's just des I am confused with?

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

23 May 2017

23/05/17

Bonjour Patrick ! First of all, you can never say "Je suis" with either "des parents" nor "des amoureux", as it's singular. You can say "Nous sommes des parents." or "Nous sommes parents." just like you say either "Nous sommes des amoureux." or "Nous sommes amoureux.". In the case with "des", you insist on the *person* = we are (some) parents/lovers; whereas in the second case, it becomes more of a characteristic: = We are parents (it's our function) / We are *in love*. I hope that's helpful! À bientôt !

sonja

Kwiziq community member

14 May 2017

1 reply

est-ce que tu es grand?

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

15 May 2017

15/05/17

Bonjour Sonja ! "Est-ce que tu es grand ?" means "Are you tall?" (addressing a man) Did you have a particular question about this? Bonne journée !
Getting that for you now.