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French Level 1
    Unit 12: Leçon 3a
    Le Verbe "Avoir"
    Bonjour! In the some of the previous Unités you have learned about MANY more objects and verbs. What I am going to show you now is another new verb form that you haven't seen. This, along with "Être," is one of the most important of all of the verbs that we have studied in this course. It is the verb "Avoir"! This word means, "to have" "en anglais". Check out the charts below for the affirmative and negative forms of this verb.

    Track 12
    Des Phrases  
    J'ai I have
    Tu as You have (familiar)
    Il a/Elle a He has/She has
    Nous avons We have
    Vous avez You have (formal)
    Ils ont/Elles ont They have (masc.) & (fem)

    I will now present to you the negative form of this verb. As you already know, the two words we wrap around our verb to make it negative are ne and pas if the verb starts with a consonant. However, if the verb begins with a vowel we use n' and pas, as with all other verbs. Let us move on to our negative "avoir" chart:

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    Des Phrases  
    Je n'ai pas I don't have (I have not)
    Tu n'as pas You don't have (familiar) (I have not)
    Il n'ont pas/Elle n'ont pas He doesn't have/She doesn't have (He/She have not)
    Nous n'avons pas We don't have (We have not
    Vous n'avez pas You haven't(formal) (You have not)
    Ils n'ont pas/Elles n'ont pas They don't have (masc.) & (fem.) (They have not)

    *Please note that the above negative phrases are usually followed by a word expressing quantity of some type, ie: numbers, nouns, or other words, which you will encounter later in this course, such as "some", or "any".

    Now go on to our next leçon. Monsieur Charon is already there waiting for you!