Conjugation: être and avoir

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  • Hi Aliyah =) Thanks a lot!
    Yes, that’s an excellent idea! The basic rule is: anything that doesn’t define you as a person (unlike your gender for example) will be used with “avoir”:
    J’ai faim = I’m hungry
    J’ai soif = I’m thirsty…
    J’ai chaud = I’m hot (as in "I feel hot / warm)

    That said, there are some exceptions:
    Je suis enceinte = I am pregnant

    and some of them can be je suis / j’ai but change their meaning, liek you said:
    je suis chaude = I’m hot for…

    Annick Hary on

  • I’m really enjoying the features on your site so far! I’ve found some very helpful articles. I do have one suggestion for this article though, or possibly for a future article; whichever suits you best. I think there should be a notation where you put “J’ai chaud” and “J’ai froid” about the difference between saying “J’ai chaud/froid” and “Je suis chaud/froid.” I only recently learned that saying “Je suis chaud/froid” refers to one’s sexual temperament, rather than bodily temperature. As a beginner in learning French, I wouldn’t have given a second thought at saying “Je suis chaud/froid.” So I think it might be helpful to either put a notation there or even write an article on things that have an opposite meaning in French compared to the English meaning, including the difference between “J’ai chaud/froid” and “Je suis chaud/froid.”

    Aliyah Thompson on

  • Great tips! I love the wallpapers they’re so cute! Thank you!

    Lily on

  • I am so glad I found your site! I’m moving to France in May and desperate to brush up and improve! Thanks!

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