Conjugate prendre and derivatives in Le Présent (present tense)

The verb "prendre" (to take) is irregular in Le Présent in French:
 

je prends I take
tu prends You take (one person you know well)
il/elle/on prend He/She/We/one/people take
   
nous prenons We take
vous prenez You take (more than 1 person or formal)
ils/elles prennent They take

 

These other verbs ending in -prendre follow the same conjugation pattern

apprendre (to learn)
comprendre (to understand)
reprendre (to take back)

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Examples and resources

On prend le train.
We're taking the train.



Ils prennent une douche.
They're having a shower.


Tu apprends le français.
You're learning French.


Je prends l'Eurostar.
I'm taking the Eurostar.


Q&A Forum 6 questions, 13 answers

On prend le train is we're taking the train? Why not nous prenons?

Asked 4 months ago
CécileKwiziq language super starCorrect answer

Hi Beth, 

You can say both but the French love using 'on' for 'nous' so it is beneficial to get used to it....

merci!

On prend le train is we're taking the train? Why not nous prenons?

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when would you use je pris and when would you use je prends?

Asked 8 months ago

oh wait, I think it's when you use past tense- like j'ai pris, right?

Yes, pris is the past participle of the verb prendre. It is, e.g., used when constructing passé composé. Prends is first person singular present tense indicative mood.

when would you use je pris and when would you use je prends?

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Comprenez vous le francaise?

Asked 10 months ago
CécileKwiziq language super star

Hi Sara,

It should be:

'Comprenez-vous le français' but do you have a specific question?

Comprenez vous le francaise?

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Can I say 'je prends un break (ou une pause) ?

Asked 2 years ago
RonC1
The Collins-Robert French dictionary suggests: «Je prends une pause» J'espère que cela vous aidera. Bonne chance Ron
AurélieKwiziq language super star
Bonjour Deborah ! Actually the colloquial way to express that you're taking a break - you're stopping an activity for a bit - is "Je fais une pause. / Je fais un break." I hope that's helpful! À bientôt !

Can I say 'je prends un break (ou une pause) ?

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Asked 2 years ago
GruffKwiziq language super star
Hi Christian - did you have question?
I'm ok. The site is good. Just working out how to use it.

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Est-ce que'on peut dire - Je prend mon déjeuner?

Asked 3 years ago
AurélieKwiziq language super starCorrect answer
Bonjour Anna !

Yes, you can absolutely say "Je prends mon déjeuner / petit-déjeuner / dîner / repas...": it's the correct way to say "I have lunch, breakfast, dinner, a meal..." in French.
However, you can never say "J'ai mon déjeuner..." !

A bientôt !
AurélieKwiziq language super starCorrect answer

Bonjour Michelle !

Yes, of course in French we actually have verbs to refer to specific meals as well : dîner, déjeuner, petit-déjeuner 

Marie a petit-déjeuné avec Sam.
Je dîne chez mes parents aujourd'hui.
Où est-ce que tu vas déjeuner ?

I was simply pointing out that you couldn't use avoir in the context of meals in French (unlike in English), and that in those cases, you needed prendre instead :)

Also, you can say Je mange mon repas, albeit a bit redundant ;)

Bonne journée !

Thank-you!

What about Je dîner? I have heard that before. It this a particularity of the language, like in English we can say "I dine" but not "I breakfast" or "I meal"?

Also, Je mange mon repas? Yes or no? 

Est-ce que'on peut dire - Je prend mon déjeuner?

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