Conjugate vouloir in Le Présent (present tense)

The verb vouloir (to want) is irregular in Le Présent:

 

je veux I want
tu veux You want (one person you know well)
il/elle/on veut He/She/We/one/people want
   
nous voulons We want
vous voulez You want (more than 1 person or formal)
ils/elles veulent They want

Listen to these sentences:

Je veux un petit frère.
I want a little brother.


Tu veux de l'eau?
Do you want some water?


Il veut une glace.
He wants an ice cream.


Nous voulons une nouvelle voiture.
We want a new car.


Vous voulez une glace?
Do you want an ice cream?


Ils veulent manger des frites.
They want to eat chips.

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Nous voulons une nouvelle voiture.
We want a new car.


Tu veux de l'eau?
Do you want some water?


Vous voulez une glace?
Do you want an ice cream?


Je veux un petit frère.
I want a little brother.



Il veut une glace.
He wants an ice cream.


Ils veulent manger des frites.
They want to eat chips.


Q&A Forum 7 questions, 16 answers

DanielA1Kwiziq community member

Vous voulez vs Voulez-vous

Hello! Is there a difference between "Vous voulez une glace?" and "Voulez-vous une glace?" I thought that questions had to be done with inversions. Thank you!

 

Asked 4 months ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Daniel,

Take a look at the following Kwiziq lesson which will give you the most common way of asking questions in French -

https://progress.lawlessfrench.com/revision/grammar/three-simple-ways-to-ask-yes-no-questionsintonation-est-ce-que-nest-pas

Hope this helps!

ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

There a several ways to form a question. Inversion is one of them. I believe there are lessons on that topic available. 

Vous voulez vs Voulez-vous

Hello! Is there a difference between "Vous voulez une glace?" and "Voulez-vous une glace?" I thought that questions had to be done with inversions. Thank you!

 

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AlanA1Kwiziq community member

Would I use vouloir to wish for something?

Asked 4 months ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Alan,

There are also the verbs 'souhaiter ' and 'désirer'  to describe a stronger wish rather than something you'd just like to happen.

e.g.

Je lui souhaite une bonne santé I wish him/her good health

Je désire/souhaite déménager dans les deux ans à venir I wish to move in the two coming years

Hope this helps!

ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

In general that what it's there for. What did you have in mind, specifically?

ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor

But often "wish" is translated using "aimer", too. That has a bit of a more indirect sound, not so commanding.

Would I use vouloir to wish for something?

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DominicA1Kwiziq community member

Wouldn’t conditional be acceptable? “Would you like some water?”

Asked 1 year ago
CécileKwiziq team memberCorrect answer

Hi Dominic, 

Not in this case, you would simply use the present tense in the question.

Vous voulez de l'eau ?

The polite answer might be to say ,

j'en voudrais bien merci. 

But the question doesn't need extra politeness, the fact you are offering water is enough. 

Hope this helps!

ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor
"Voudriez-vous de l'eau" is acceptiable, if that's what you were thinking. It is actually more polite than simply "Voulez-vous de l'eau". -- Chris (not a native speaker).

Wouldn’t conditional be acceptable? “Would you like some water?”

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JamieA2Kwiziq community member

Voulez-vous vs voudrez-vouz

Why is it that "voulez-vous" is a more common translation of "would you like" than the conditional "voudriez-vous"?
Asked 2 years ago
RonC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor
The French are generally very polite in sentence request phrasing and the use of le conditionnel is considered to be more polite, i.e. je voudrais, pourriez-vous, voudriez-vous. Loosely translated: I would like vs je peux I want, could you and would you instead of pouvez-vous, voulez-vous can you, do you want. Le conditionnel seems less abrupt.

Voulez-vous vs voudrez-vouz

Why is it that "voulez-vous" is a more common translation of "would you like" than the conditional "voudriez-vous"?

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CARLEENA1Kwiziq community member

How to conjugate vouloir in the subjuctive

Asked 3 years ago
ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor Correct answer
Sorry, I was too quick. You are asking about the Subjunctive.

je veuille
tu veuilles
il/elle veuille
nous voulions
vous vouliez
ils/elles veuillent

As a general hint: there are conjugation tables available on the internet, e.g. this one: http://conjugator.reverso.net/conjugation-french-verb-vouloir.html

-- Chris.
ChrisC1 Kwiziq Q&A super contributor
So what's your question? Isn't the answer right in the lesson? -- Chris.

How to conjugate vouloir in the subjuctive

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Alexandra A1Kwiziq community member

when to use on veut vs nous voulons?

Asked 3 years ago
LauraKwiziq team member
Bonjour Alexandra, Nous voulons is the normal way to say "we want" in French. On veut is informal. Note that on veut can also mean "you" and "people in general": On = we, one, people
SusanA1Kwiziq community member
but doesn't on also mean we ?
MaiA2Kwiziq community member
Yes and as Laura mentioned, it's "informal". So if you're with your friends, you can use "on" instead of "nous".

when to use on veut vs nous voulons?

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DarrenA1Kwiziq community member

voudrais vs veux when to use which?

Asked 4 years ago
LauraKwiziq team member
Bonjour Darren ! Je veux means "I want" - it's very direct. Je voudrais means "I would like" - it's softer and politer, so you'd use it when ordering in a restaurant or shopping, for example.
AurélieKwiziq team member
In France, we actually teach children to use "voudrais" instead of "veux" as it is more polite. "Maman, je veux un gâteau! - Non, on dit 'je voudrais / j'aimerais un gâteau, s'il-te-plaît maman' " :)
DavidA0Kwiziq community member
Merci pour les exemples.

voudrais vs veux when to use which?

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