French Power Verb SAVOIR


French Verb SAVOIR

The verb SAVOIR means TO KNOW HOW.  Using this verb in the conditional tense is a way to speak politely in French. Like many verbs, SAVOIR can be followed directly by an infinitive.

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Savoir:  Present tense conjugation

Je sais
I know how
Nous savons
We know how
Tu sais
You know how
Vous savez
You know how
Il – Elle – On sait
He – She – One knows how
*ON SAIT also means WE KNOW HOW
Ils – Elles savent
They know how

Savoir:  Conditional tense conjugation

Je saurais
I would know how
Nous saurions
We would know how
Tu saurais
You would know how
Vous sauriez
You would know how
Il – Elle – On saurait
He – She – One would know how
*ON SAURAIT also means WE WOULD KNOW HOW
Ils – Elles sauraient
They would know how

Examples

Je

Je sais manger.I know how to eat.
Je ne sais pas manger.I don’t know how to eat.
Je saurais manger.I would know how to eat.
Je ne saurais pas manger.I would not know how to eat.

Tu

Tu sais voyager.You know how to travel.
Tu ne sais pas voyager.You don’t know how to travel.
Tu saurais voyager.You would know how to travel.
Tu ne saurais pas voyager.You would not know how to travel.

Il / Elle / On

Il sait travailler.He knows how to work.
Il ne sait pas travailler.He doesn’t know how to work.
Il saurait travailler.He would know how to work.
Il ne saurait pas travailler.He would not know how to work.

Nous

Nous savons faire la cuisine.We know how to cook.
Nous ne savons pas faire la cuisine.We don’t know how to cook.
Nous saurions faire la cuisine.We would know how to cook.
Nous ne saurions pas faire la cuisine.We would not know how to cook.

Vous

Vous savez choisir.You know how to choose.
Vous ne savez pas choisir.You don’t know how to choose.
Vous sauriez choisir.You would know how to choose.
Vous ne sauriez pas choisir.You would not know how to choose.

Ils / Elles

Ils savent gagner.They know how to win.
Ils ne savent pas gagner.They don’t know how to win.
Ils sauraient gagner.They would know how to win.
Ils ne sauraient pas gagner.They would not know how to win.


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