Irregular French Verb PRENDRE

Irregular French Verb PRENDRE


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The irregular French verb PRENDRE is an important one to learn. Many times this verb is idiomatic in nature which means you wouldn’t necessarily think of using it in many ways that you should if you come from an English speaking background.

In this lesson we will look at eight different ways to use the verb PRENDRE in the present and passé composé tenses. Watch the video lesson and use the text below as a support guide. There is a  QUIZLET study set at the bottom of this page to help you practice and master your new skill and start using the verb PRENDRE next time you speak French.

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Present tense conjugation of PRENDRE

je prends nous prenons
tu prends vous prenez
il – elle – on prend ils – elles prennent

Passé composé conjugation of PRENDRE

j’ai pris nous avons pris
tu as pris vous avez pris
il – elle – on a pris ils – elles ont pris

Examples using PRENDRE from the video lesson

to pick something up Je prends ce qu’il y a sur la table.

I’m picking up what is on the table.

 

J’ai pris ce qu’il y avait sur la table.

I picked up what was on the table.

to have food or drink Tu prendras un café?

Will you have a coffee?

 

Tu as pris un café?

Did you have a coffee?

to put on weight Il prend un peu de poids.

He’s gaining a little weight.

 

Il a pris un peu de poids.

He gained a little weight.

to take a day off Elle prend son vendredi.

She is taking off Friday.

 

Elle a pris son vendredi.

She took off Friday.

to pick someone up Nous passerons vous prendre.

We will come pick you up.

 

Nous sommes passés vous prendre.

We came to pick you up.

to develop bad habits Vous prenez de mauvaises habitudes!

You’re developing bad habits!

 

Vous avez pris de mauvaises habitudes!

You developed bad habits!

to get bread Ils nous prennent le pain.

They’re getting the bread for us.

 

Ils nous ont pris le pain.

They got the bread for us.

to go by car Elles prennent leur voiture.

They’re going by car.

 

Elles ont pris leur voiture.

They went by car.

More ways to use the French verb PRENDRE

PRENDRE

J’ai pris les clés qui étaient sur la table.

to take

to pick something up
I took the keys that were on the table.

PRENDRE
J’ai pris un thé et un croissant.
to have food or drink
I had a tea and a croissant.
PRENDRE
N’oublie pas de prendre de l’argent.
to take with you
Don’t forget to bring some money.
PRENDRE
Quelqu’un a pris mon téléphone.
to steal
Somebody stole my phone.
PRENDRE
On va prendre le train.
to take as a means of transportation
We are going to take the train.
PRENDRE
Ça ne prend que 5 minutes.
to take an amount of time
It only takes five minutes.
PRENDRE UN COUP
Il a pris un coup dans le ventre.
to get hit with something
He got hit in the stomach.
PRENDRE DU POIDS
J’ai pris 5 kilos.
to put on weight
I gained 5 kilos.
PRENDRE
Le dentiste pourra me prendre demain.
to receive someone
The dentist will be able to see me tomorrow.
PRENDRE QUELQU’UN POUR QUELQU’UN D’AUTRE
Je t’ai pris pour quelqu’un d’autre.
to mistake someone for another person

I mistook you for someone else.

PRENDRE
Ça n’a pas pris.
to take hold
It didn’t stick.
PRENDRE
Prenez-vous la carte bancaire?
to take; to accept
Do you accept credit cards?
PRENDRE
Les soldats ont pris le château.
to capture
The soldiers captured the castle.
PRENDRE
Je vais prendre mon lundi.
to take a day off
I’m going to take off Monday.
BIEN PRENDRE
Elle a bien pris la nouvelle.
to take something well
She took the news well.
ÊTRE UN COEUR À PRENDRE
Il n’est pas marié, c’est un coeur à prendre.
to be single
He’s not married, he’s available.
PASSER PRENDRE
Je passe te prendre vers 19h00.
to pick someone up
I’ll come get you around 7:00pm.
PRENDRE À DROITE
Allez tout droit, et au coin de la rue vous allez prendre à droite.
to turn right
Go straight and at the corner you’re going to take a right.
PRENDRE À GAUCHE
Prenez à gauche en arrivant au carrefour.
to turn left
Take a left when you get to the intersection.
PRENDRE QUELQU’UN À PART
Le professeur m’a pris à part pour m’expliquer le problème.
to take someone aside
The teacher took me aside to explain the problem to me.
PRENDRE CONTACT AVEC QUELQU’UN
J’ai pris contact avec tous les professeurs de mon fils.
to make contact with someone
I got in touch with all of my son’s teachers.
PRENDRE DE BONNES HABITUDES
C’est un bon élève qui a pris de bonnes habitudes.
to develop good habits
He’s a good student who has developed good habits.
PRENDRE DE L’ESSENCE
Je vais aller prendre de l’essence.
to get gas
I’m going to get some gas.
SE PRENDRE

Il a pris un arbre.

to catch yourself on something

to run into something
He ran into a tree.

SE PRENDRE QUELQUE CHOSE
Il s’est pris une mauvaise note.
to get or receive something
He got a bad grade.
SE PRENDRE POUR
Tu te prends pour qui?
to take yourself for; to think yourself
Who do you think you are?

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