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Conjugate servir and other -vir verbs in Le Présent (present tense)

Verbs ending in -VIR follow the same conjugation as servir in Le Présent:

 

je sers I serve
tu sers you serve (one person you know well)
il/elle/on sert he/she/it/one serves / we/people serve
   
nous servons we serve
vous servez you serve (more than one person or formal)
ils/elles servent they serve

Listen to these examples:

Je sers les entrées.
I'm serving the starters.

Tu dessers la table?
Do you clear the table?

Il se sert en premier !
He serves himself first!

Nous resservons Paul.
We give Paul a second helping.

Vous me servez tous les jours.
You serve me everyday.

Les enfants desservent la table après le dîner.
The children clear the table after dinner.

 

 

Other irregular -VIR verbs include:

se servir de (to use <something>) 

resservir (to serve up again / to give a second helping)

se resservir (to get a second helping)

desservir (to clear <the table> / to do a disservice / to service)

 

 

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Examples and resources

Nous resservons Paul.
We give Paul a second helping.


Il se sert en premier !
He serves himself first!


Tu dessers la table?
Do you clear the table?


Les enfants desservent la table après le dîner.
The children clear the table after dinner.


Je sers les entrées.
I'm serving the starters.


Vous me servez tous les jours.
You serve me everyday.


Q&A

fiona

Kwiziq community member

20 June 2018

2 replies

Why is 'desservir' to clear and to service at the same time?

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

20 June 2018

20/06/18

Bonjour Fiona !


Here it's one of those weird cases in French where usage has rendered a prefix meaningless in some contexts.


In the same vein, you also have "rentrer" being used to express "to come in" (entrer) as well as "to come back". 


I hope that's helpful!
Bonne journée !

fiona

Kwiziq community member

21 June 2018

21/06/18

Thank you Aurélie.

Although the lesson deos not specify that I simply encountered it in the quiz and got a wrong answer for it.

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