Conjugate prendre and derivatives in Le Présent (present tense)

The verb "prendre" (to take) is irregular in Le Présent in French:
 

je prends I take
tu prends You take (one person you know well)
il/elle/on prend He/She/We/one/people take
   
nous prenons We take
vous prenez You take (more than 1 person or formal)
ils/elles prennent They take

 

These other verbs ending in -prendre follow the same conjugation pattern

apprendre (to learn)
comprendre (to understand)
reprendre (to take back)

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Examples and resources

Je prends l'Eurostar.
I'm taking the Eurostar.


On prend le train.
We're taking the train.



Ils prennent une douche.
They're having a shower.


Tu apprends le français.
You're learning French.


Q&A Forum 6 questions, 13 answers

BethA0Kwiziq community member

On prend le train is we're taking the train? Why not nous prenons?

Asked 6 months ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Beth, 

You can say both but the French love using 'on' for 'nous' so it is beneficial to get used to it....

BethA0Kwiziq community member

merci!

On prend le train is we're taking the train? Why not nous prenons?

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GwenB2Kwiziq community member

when would you use je pris and when would you use je prends?

Asked 11 months ago
GwenB2Kwiziq community member

oh wait, I think it's when you use past tense- like j'ai pris, right?

ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

Yes, pris is the past participle of the verb prendre. It is, e.g., used when constructing passé composé. Prends is first person singular present tense indicative mood.

when would you use je pris and when would you use je prends?

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SaraA1Kwiziq community member

Comprenez vous le francaise?

Asked 1 year ago
CécileKwiziq team member

Hi Sara,

It should be:

'Comprenez-vous le français' but do you have a specific question?

Comprenez vous le francaise?

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DebsA1Kwiziq community member

Can I say 'je prends un break (ou une pause) ?

Asked 2 years ago
RonC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor
The Collins-Robert French dictionary suggests: «Je prends une pause» J'espère que cela vous aidera. Bonne chance Ron
AurélieKwiziq team member
Bonjour Deborah ! Actually the colloquial way to express that you're taking a break - you're stopping an activity for a bit - is "Je fais une pause. / Je fais un break." I hope that's helpful! À bientôt !

Can I say 'je prends un break (ou une pause) ?

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Christian A2Kwiziq community member

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Asked 2 years ago
GruffKwiziq team member
Hi Christian - did you have question?
Christian A2Kwiziq community member
I'm ok. The site is good. Just working out how to use it.

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AnnaA2Kwiziq community member

Est-ce que'on peut dire - Je prend mon déjeuner?

Asked 3 years ago
AurélieKwiziq team memberCorrect answer
Bonjour Anna !

Yes, you can absolutely say "Je prends mon déjeuner / petit-déjeuner / dîner / repas...": it's the correct way to say "I have lunch, breakfast, dinner, a meal..." in French.
However, you can never say "J'ai mon déjeuner..." !

A bientôt !
AurélieKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Bonjour Michelle !

Yes, of course in French we actually have verbs to refer to specific meals as well : dîner, déjeuner, petit-déjeuner 

Marie a petit-déjeuné avec Sam.
Je dîne chez mes parents aujourd'hui.
Où est-ce que tu vas déjeuner ?

I was simply pointing out that you couldn't use avoir in the context of meals in French (unlike in English), and that in those cases, you needed prendre instead :)

Also, you can say Je mange mon repas, albeit a bit redundant ;)

Bonne journée !

AnnaA2Kwiziq community member
Thank-you!
MichelleA1Kwiziq community member

What about Je dîner? I have heard that before. It this a particularity of the language, like in English we can say "I dine" but not "I breakfast" or "I meal"?

Also, Je mange mon repas? Yes or no? 

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