French Verb FAIRE: to do, to make

5 Main Ways to Use FAIRE

               French verb FAIRE is the verb in French for to do or to make is the verb faire.

To remember this imagine: asking What are you going to DO at the FAIR.

Faire is one of the ten most important verbs in French, and is used to make many French idiomatic expressions.

You must learn it thoroughly, and you can learn ALL the tenses here with our powerful colour-coded verb table.

Take a few minutes to read aloud ALL the verb conjugations of faire below: by ROW and by COLUMN, then read on below the verb table.

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french for do or make is faire
to do: faire
Imagine asking, "What are you going to DO at the FAIR.". VERB CONJUGATION TABLE faire
Simple Tenses faire

do / does / make
fais fais fait faisons faites font
Past Imperfect

did / made
faisais faisais faisait faisions faisiez faisaient
Simple Past
Passé Simple

did / made
fis fis fit fîmes fîtes firent

will do / will make
ferai feras fera ferons ferez feront

would do / make
ferais ferais ferait ferions feriez feraient

may do / make
fasse fasses fasse fassions fassiez fassent
Compound Tenses faire - past participle: fait
Present Perfect
Passé Composé

have done / made
ai fait as fait a fait avons fait avez fait ont fait
Past Perfect

had done / made
avais fait avais fait avait fait avions fait aviez fait avaient fait
Future Perfect
Futur Antérieur

will have done/made
aurai fait auras fait aura fait aurons fait aurez fait auront fait
Conditional Perfect
Conditionnel Passé

would have done/made
aurais fait aurais fait aurait fait aurions fait auriez fait auraient fait

do! make!
fais faisons faites

      FRENCH VERB FAIRE       

French for make or do is faire The French verb faire has two main translations into English:
  1. to do and
  2. to make.

Another French word for to make, is fabriquer
e.g. Fabriqué en Chine
Made in China.
Que fais-tu ?
What are you doing?
Qui a fait cet avion en papier?
Who has made this paperplane?

French for make or do is faire

The French verb faire can also be used to talk about the weather:
Il fait beau aujourd’hui.
It’s shiny today.
Il a fait très froid tout l’hiver.
It was really cold all winter long.
Cet été, il devrait faire chaud.
It should be warm this summer.

French for make or do is faire To talk about sports, especially for individual sports, you will use the French verb faire:
Il fait de l’équitation depuis deux ans.
He has gone horse-riding for two years.
Elle fait de la natation depuis des années.
She has been swimming for years.

French for make or do is faire

Some expressions use the French verb faire:
faire mal
to hurt
faire peur
to scare
faire la courte échelle
to get a leg up
faire dans les affaires
to work in business


  • The French verb for do faire is an irregular verb from the 3rd group.
  • Learn to conjugate faire by reciting verb table above along the rows, then down the columns.
  • Watch and listen to the video and listen to the conjugations spoken aloud by Allison, a native French speaker.
  • Repeating these tables aloud 10 times throughout the day from memory, along with the tables and with the video or sound recording, will better embed the patterns into your subconscious, and your long term memory.
  • Reciting aloud is a great way for you to practice your pronunciation, and helps you to memorize the conjugations. Ensure that you do some from memory.
  • You can do these verb tables any time you have a spare moment. In the bus, in the shower, while waiting for an apppointment.
  • To really consolidate the verb learning of faire, and any other French verbs, download and fill in the blanks of the fill-in-the-blank verb tables.
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