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To Be Examples Exemples d'Être
Je suis avocat.
I am (a) lawyer.
jzeuh sweez ah voh cah
Tu es à la banque. You are at the bank. too ay ah lah bahnk
Il est beau.
He is handsome.
eel ay boh
Try to learn all these conjugations. They will become very useful in forming tenses. Idioms
Ça y est! - I've done it! Finished!
J'y suis! - I get it!
Vous y êtes? - Are you ready? Expressing Agreement
Tu es d’accord ou pas?, Tu es d’accord? (lit: You are of agreement?), or simply D'accord? is used
informally to ask whether someone agrees with you.
To respond positively, you say Oui, je suis d'accord. or simply D'accord. D'accord corresponds to the
English okay. G: Cities and Nationalities
To say what city you are from, you use the preposition de.
Il est de Paris.
When stating your nationality or job, it is not necessary to include the article. This is an exception to the
Je suis Australien(ne). - I am [an] Australian.
There is both a masculine and feminine form of saying your nationality - for males and females respectively.
Il est Australien. - He is [an] Australian.
Elle est Australienne. - She is [an] Australian.
In the next lesson, you will learn how to say the nationality of more than one person.
Check for understanding
Please use the the nationalities list to find out what your nationality is in French. Then say what city you are
from and what nationality you are. Then say what nationality some of your friends are, and what city they are
from. For example, Marie est italienne. Elle est de Rome. ...
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- Fall '13
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