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

Verbs ending in -VIR follow the same conjugation as servir (to serve) in Présent indicatif:

SERVIR (to serve)

je sers
tu sers
il/elle/on sert
nous servons 
vous servez
ils/elles servent  

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

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.


Nous resservons Paul.
We give Paul a second helping.


Il se sert en premier !
He serves himself first!


Q&A

fiona

Kwiziq community member

20 June 2018

3 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.

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

25 June 2018

25/06/18

Bonjour Fiona !


I had a look at the questions linked to that lesson, and all of them include a hint with what verb to use :)


Bonne journée !

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