Saturday, 2 April 2016

French Verb of Day.2 of Blogging #AtoZChallenge - Boire!

Salut mes merveilleux lecteurs!

The verb of the day is Boire. I am writing this post in the same format as the first post of this challenge. Again, if you find any correction, please do not hesitate to point out. I am a French language learner, not a teacher. I'd appreciate the courteous and constructive feedback. With that, let's drink the glass of knowledge! I have divided the post into these main sections:
  • Pronunciation Link
  • Meaning of this Verb
  • Conjugation of the verb in different tenses and moods
  • Let's write a little French with this verb
  • Commonly used phrases with this verb
  • Proverb with this verb
  • Appearance of this verb in any song or textbook
So, let's have some fun while learning the usage of the verb of the day.

Pronunciation Link

Here comes a YouTube link for rescue of non-native french speakers. Click here to learn pronunciation of "Boire."

Meaning of the Verb

This verb means "drink." I selected this verb because I know the importance of water in our lives. What if we are exploring the beauty of France, and suddenly, we are thirsty. We wouldn't want to die; hence, the verb "boire" would come to our rescue at that crucial time :) Of course, this was my very poor attempt at adding a little humor in our mission to learn French. If it worked, "Thankyou!" If it didn't, then," Forgive me, I am only human."

Conjugation of this verb in various tenses and moods

1. Indicatif – Generally, Indicatif is used to state facts.
    1. Présent – It is similar to Present tense of English. We use this form to express facts, conditions, habits, and routine. 
The sample sentences, as per my knowledge, could be:

I write whenever I can.

You don't like drama.

We love reading books.

They have money, but they do not have a heart.

Je bois

(Subject) drink(s) or is/are/am drinking
Tu bois
Il boit
Nous buvons
Vous buvez
Ils boivent
    1. Passé Composé – It resonates with Present Perfect and Past forms of English language. This form is utilized to a talk about the actions that were completed in the past, and we wish to draw the attention towards its results.
I went to get a manicure in the morning.

He did not go to the office today.

I did not have the courage at that moment.

J’ai bu(Subject) drank (once), I have drunk
Tu as bu
Il a bu
Nous avons bu
Vous avez bu
Ils ont bu
    1. Imparfait – Imparfait form is used to write about description, habit, and actions that occurred simultaneously in the past.
It was a beautiful day.

He was having a rough day.

I used to ride a bicycle in the rain.

Je buvais(Subject) was drinking/ used to drink
Tu buvais
Il buvait
Nous buvions
Vous buviez
Ils buvaient
    1. Plus-que-parfait – This is the French version of “Past perfect” of English language. If you are narrating an incident that occurred in the past, and I you wish to include a detail that happened even before the time of that incident, you use plus-que-parfait form.
I had studied a lot before I could get a job.

He had practiced his speech in front of the mirror before he went in front of a huge audience.

J’avais bu(Subject) had drunk
Tu avais bu
Il avait bu
Nous avions bu
Vous aviez bu
Ils avaient bu
    1. Passé simple – Similar to Passé Composé, Passé simple is used to describe completed actions in the past and the actions that were interrupted in the past. Being same as Passé Composé, its examples are similar to Passé Composé.
Last year, I went to Bali.

While I was in Bali, I admired nature for hours.

Je bus(Subject) drank
Tu bus
Il but
Nous bûmes
Vous bûtes
Ils burent
    1. Passé antérieur – This is same as Past Perfect of English language. This form is mostly used in literature.
As soon as I was in the library, I decided to issue the book “Pride and Prejudice.”

After my grandfather had worked for sixty years, he started gardening.

J’eus bu(Subject) had drunk
Tu eus bu
Il eut bu
Nous eûmes bu
Vous eûtes bu
Ils eurent bu
    1. Futur – Futur is same as Future tense of English language. This form comes into picture when we are either expressing an intended action in the future or making an assumption in both present and future. Also, it may be used to make a polite request.
Tomorrow, I will write a song.

You will never write a song.

Would Irine help me with the song?

If you ask her, you will know.

Je boirai(Subject) will drink
Tu boiras
Il boira
Nous boirons
Vous boirez
Ils boiront
    1. Futur antérieur – Remember future perfect tense? Futur antérieur is its brother :) When you are imagining or considering something to happen in the future or something that might have happened in the past, you use this form.
He'll probably have had three boxes of cereal or he had drank three cartons of milk. (I know it's a stupid sentence, but I couldn't think of something else.)

By the time we'll reach, they will have hidden the evidence. (Crime investigation drama kicking in!)

J’aurai bu(Subject) will have drunk/ will had drunk
Tu auras bu
Il aura bu
Nous aurons bu
Vous aurez bu
Ils auront bu
    1. Future proche – Future Proche form is used to describe an event or action that is either definite to occur in a short while or planned to happen in the future.
I am going to get a laptop in two minutes. (I'm not :( )

My sister is getting ready in a minute.

Je vais boire(Subject) is/are/am drinking/about to drink
Tu vas boire
Il va boire
Nous allons boire
Vous allez boire
Ils vont boire

    1. Conditionnel – This mood is used to express statements of possibility and condition.
      1. Présent – If we wish to express a possibility about present or future from a past point of view, then this would be my choice of sentence form.
I would like to be an author, someday.

Drashti thought that she might go on a vacation to Paris.

If she went to Paris, she could become a model.

Arun, could you stop teasing me?

Je boirais(Subject) would drink
Tu boirais
Il boirait
Nous boirions
Vous boiriez
Ils boiraient
    1. Passé – Imagine that you are telling about an incident that happened in the past, where you expressed a possibility, then this is the form you need to be using. Of course, it is confusing, but don't worry. Hopefully, sample sentences will help in making it understandable.
If I had gone with you, I would have scolded him.

My grandfather would have sorted our problems if we had asked him.

*Tip – Use Conditionnel Passé in that part of the sentence that indicates a result of the action.

J’aurais bu(Subject) would had drunk/ would have drunk
Tu aurais bu
Il aurait bu
Nous aurions bu
Vous auriez bu
Ils auraient bu
    1. Passé - forme alternative – This form is used in literary formats of writing. Not my cup of tea! The same thought can be expressed by using above form.
J’eusse bu(Subject) would had drunk/ would have drunk
Tu eusses bu
Il eût bu
Nous eussions bu
Vous eussiez bu
Ils eussent bu

    1. Subjonctif – This mood of expressions focuses on various emotions, such as doubt, a fear, subjectivity, hope.
      1. Présent  – If the main part of the sentence is in present form, then the part after que, expressing emotions, will be in subjonctif présent form. Confused? Well, hopefully sample sentences will clear the air.
It is important to me that my family eats dinner together.

I am happy that my readers like my blog.

que je boivethat (Subject) drink(s) or is/are/am drinking
que tu boives
qu’il boive
que nous buvions
que vous buviez
qu’ils boivent
    1. Imparfait –If the main part of the sentence is in past form, then the part after que, expressing emotions, will be in subjonctif imparfait form. However, this form is used in literary docs. For ordinary usage, subjonctif passé is our guy.
que je bussethat (Subject) drank or that (Subject) was/were drinking
que tu busses
qu’il bût
que nous bussions
que vous bussiez
qu’ils bussent
    1. Plus-que-parfait – Again, this form is also used in literary documents.
que j’ eusse bu(Subject) would drink/ drank
que tu eusses bu
qu’il eût bu
que nous eussions bu
que vous eussiez bu
qu’ils eussent bu
    1. Passé – If main part of the sentence is in past form, then the part after que, expressing emotions, will be in subjonctif passé form. Other than this, if we are expressing emotions about somebody's past, then too, we use this form.
I had wished that he would succeed in his hunt for a decent job.

He is afraid that he received love from everybody only for his money.

que j’aie buthat (Subject) drank or that (Subject) was drinking
que tu aies bu
qu’il ait bu
que nous ayons bu
que vous ayez bu
qu’ils aient bu

    1. Impératif – This mood is utilized to give orders.
      1. Présent – There is nothing to explain here. This form is utilized in giving orders.
Take me to the mall!

Drive me to the airport!

Sit with me!

Don't talk to me!

buvonsLet's drink!
Let's Write a little French with this Verb



I do not drink enough water.

Je ne bois pas assez d'eau.

Passé Composé 

I drank only three glasses water yesterday.

J'ai bu seulement trois verres d'eau, hier.


I used to drink about 8 glasses water when I was in school.

Je buvais approximativement huit verres d'eau quand j'étais à l’école.


I had dunk very little before I fell sick.

J'avais bu très peu avant je tombais malade.


I will drink a lot of water from tomorrow.

Je boirai beaucoup d'eau à partir de demain.

Futur antérieur

By the time I'll be 40,  I will have probably made drinking a habit.

Au moment où je serai quarante ans, j'aurai probablement fait boire une habitude.

Future proche

I am going to drink 3 glasses of water in a minute.

Je vais boire trois verres d'eau dans une minute.



My mom thought that I might never drink the required quantity.

Ma mère a pensé que je ne boirais jamais la quantité nécessaire.


If I had not discontinued taking care of my health after school, I would have drunk sufficient water even today. (Not sure, if its structure is correct. If any native English speaker has a example of conditional past tense, please suggest.)

Si je n'avais pas cessé de prendre soin de ma santé après l'école, j'aurais bu suffisamment d'eau, même aujourd'hui.



It is important to me that I drink sufficient quantity of water.

Il est important pour moi que je boive une quantité suffisante d'eau.


I wish that I had drunk water instead of beer.

Je souhaite que j'aie bu de l'eau au lieu de la bière.



Anku, calm yourself and drink water!

Anku, calmes-toi et bois de l'eau!

Commonly used phrases with this verb

Two of my favorite phrases are:

  1. ne plus boire d'alcool -- be on the wagon
  2. achever de boire -- drink up

Proverbs using this verb

quand le vin est tiré, il faut le boire -- If you wish to say that once you take the first step, there is no going back or once you make your bed, you must lie in it, then this proverb can help in delivering the message and making you look fancy ;)

Appearance of this verb in any song or famous textbook 

I found many drinking songs, but they had very difficult French, so after a while, when I came across a children's song, I was ecstatic. Click here to navigate to the source and translation of the song.

Bon appétit

Chanson enfantine

Bon appétit le matin

N'est pas signe de chagrin,
Il faut boire et bien manger
Pour garder bonne santé.

Bon appétit le midi

N'est pas signe de souci,
Il faut boire et bien manger
Pour garder bonne santé.

Bon appétit le soir

N'est pas signe de désespoir,
Il faut boire et bien manger
Pour garder bonne santé.



  1. holy cow - I managed the pronunciation and the first paragraph and then drowned in French - I don't think I'll ever be a linguist! Leanne @ cresting the hill

    1. Awww, I'm sorry it didn't work out for you. If I hadn't taken a French language class, I would have been discouraged at first, too. Learning a new language takes a lot of effort, time, research, and dedication. I am sure you devote all these attributes to your posts because your posts show your knowledge and commitment :)

  2. Hey Ankita, you have again hit the bullseye...and now I am getting more and more eager to read your next blog.

    1. Wow, that's a positive feedback! Thanks, Ankit!

  3. Good keep up with the good work. :) Though I have no special interests in French, I can recommend this to my friends

    B - The Eye of the Beholder

  4. I love the use of the cartoons! Great idea, and very educational :)

    B is Brainy

    1. I'm feeling highly motivated by the kind of words of encouragement of this amazing community of Bloggers. Thanks a lot!