Conjugate haïr in Le Présent (present tense)

The verb haïr follows the same conjugation as regular -IR verbs in Le Présent. However, its stem is slightly irregular.

Have a look at the verb haïr in Le Présent:

Je hais les tomates.
I hate tomatoes.

Tu hais ce groupe.
You hate this band.

Mon frère hait Lady Gaga.
My brother hates Lady Gaga.

Nous haïssons les gens malpolis.
We hate rude people.

Vous haïssez la médiocrité.
You hate mediocrity.

Anna et Gina haïssent aller à l'école.
Annie and Gina hate going to school.


Note that in the first person, je haisyou have no elision as the 'h' is strong = [juh - é].
It could also be confusing pronunciation-wise with j'ai [jé] 

 

ATTENTION! The pronunciation varies between   ai   [é]   versus    aï   [a-ee]

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Examples and resources

Je te hais.
I hate you.


Vous haïssez la médiocrité.
You hate mediocrity.


Nous haïssons les gens malpolis.
We hate rude people.


Je hais les tomates.
I hate tomatoes.


Mon frère hait Lady Gaga.
My brother hates Lady Gaga.



Tu hais ce groupe.
You hate this band.


Anna et Gina haïssent aller à l'école.
Annie and Gina hate going to school.


Q&A

Michelle

Kwiziq community member

4 November 2018

2 replies

haïr vs détester

What is the difference between haïr and détester? Couldn't I just as easily say Je te déteste and so on? Is one "stronger" than the other. 

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

5 November 2018

5/11/18

Hi Michelle,

Both verbs mean 'to hate' but as détester is easier to conjugate than haïr, I think people prefer to use it...

Hope this helps!

Michelle

Kwiziq community member

9 November 2018

9/11/18

Yes, it does, thank you very much. I think haïr is a good one to know, but I'll probably stick with détester for real life use as it does seem to be very colloquial. 

aarthi

Kwiziq community member

27 October 2018

1 reply

So theres no liaison for nous, vous forms. When we say 'nous haissons', we shouldnt stress the 's' in nous?

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

29 October 2018

29/10/18

Hi Aarti,

As the verb 'haïr' (to hate) has what we call, un h aspiréh aspirate), we don't make the liaison to show that it is there.

Here are a few examples :

Ce sont des héros They are heroes.      ( the 's' is not pronounced)

J'adore les haricots = I love beans.          ( the ''s' is not pronounced)

Il y a une très belle vue en haut de la collineThere's a beautiful view from the top of the hill.    

Hope this helps!

Roman

Kwiziq community member

25 January 2018

1 reply

problem with haîr

Le Robert as well as CLE International recommends î in ALL PERSONS singular and plural: je haîs tu haîs il haît nous haîmes vous haîtes ils haîrent

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

30 January 2018

30/01/18

Bonjour Roman !

The conjugations you quoted are for Le Passé Simple, not Le Présent :)

And the accent on the i is not a circumflex î , but a trema ï .

Bonne journée !

Daba

Kwiziq community member

18 November 2017

3 replies

The pronounciation

Je sais and Tu hais have different pronounciatons. Je is more eh, while Tu is ay. Is this on purpose and if so, why?

Ron

Kwiziq community member

18 November 2017

18/11/17

Bonsoir Daba, I am usure which lesson you are studying as «Je sais» is with the verb savoir and «Tu hais» is a conjugation of «haïr». Actually, the pronunciation is quite accurate: Tu hais ---> sounds like tu ay because the «h» muet or aspiré Here is a video explaining muet or aspiré https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRc1bccYX6Y The verb «haïr» begins with an «h aspiré» which accounts for a lack of liaision with «je» and the lack of a contraction in the written form «Je hais», NOT j'hais which is incorrect. This is the very probable reason that you are hearing a different pronunciation. Bonne chance. Ron

Daba

Kwiziq community member

19 November 2017

19/11/17

Sorry Ron. I meant je hais not je sais.

Cécile

Kwiziq language super star

10 April 2018

10/04/18

Hi Daba,

Je hais and Tu hais have the same pronunciation.

Hope this helps!

ly fen

Kwiziq community member

16 June 2016

1 reply

haïr changes completely in conjugation

I think, the verb "haïr" changes completely in present conjugation, it should be remembered by heart, right? is it the 2è groupe in ir?

Aurélie

Kwiziq language super star

17 June 2016

17/06/16

Bonjour Ly Fen !

Yes, the verb haïr follows the endings of regular -ir verbs in Le Présent.
Thanks to your question, I've added some precisions to the related lesson, please have a look:
https://french.kwiziq.com/revision/grammar/conjugate-hair-to-hate-in-le-present-present-tense

Merci et à bientôt !

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