Faire partie de = To be part of

Look at these sentences:

Tu veux faire partie de l'équipe?
Do you want to be part of the team?

Elle ne fait pas partie de mes invités.
She is not part of my guests.

Nous ne faisons pas partie de ses amis.
We're not part of his friends.

Ils vont faire partie de la parade.
They're going to be part of the parade.

Je fais partie du club d'échecs.
I'm part of the chess club.


Notice that to express ''to be part of something / to belong to'', in French you use ''faire partie de quelque chose''.

Note also that de becomes du with masculine and des with plural.

 

ATTENTION:

Je suis partie de Paris.  actually means ''I left [from]Paris.''  (It's Le Passé Composé of 'partir')

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Je fais partie de ce groupe.
I am part of that band.


Elle ne fait pas partie de mes invités.
She is not part of my guests.


Je fais partie du club d'échecs.
I'm part of the chess club.


Tu veux faire partie de l'équipe?
Do you want to be part of the team?


Ils vont faire partie de la parade.
They're going to be part of the parade.


Nous ne faisons pas partie de ses amis.
We're not part of his friends.


Q&A Forum 5 questions, 7 answers

RobinA2

question re kwiz question

Bonjour:)  Would you please review the kwiz answer I missed in the above lesson?  I did not find any of the possible choices for an answer to be particularly applicable.  The actual answer seemed like it was l'imparfait situation in the past so I did not choose that one.  I knew "built" was not a verb used in the choice but it seemed to imply the present tense to me.  Anyway, many thanks for some clarification on this question at your convenience I hope?  Merci.

Asked 6 months ago
CécileKwiziq language super starCorrect answer

Hi Robin, 

Can you re-post this question using your ‘Report it’ in your Correction Board as it links directly to the specific quiz and makes it easier to answer your query.

Merci!

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question re kwiz question

Bonjour:)  Would you please review the kwiz answer I missed in the above lesson?  I did not find any of the possible choices for an answer to be particularly applicable.  The actual answer seemed like it was l'imparfait situation in the past so I did not choose that one.  I knew "built" was not a verb used in the choice but it seemed to imply the present tense to me.  Anyway, many thanks for some clarification on this question at your convenience I hope?  Merci.

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MmeB2

So is this verb expression only applied with people? How about non-people subjects? i.e. a work being part of a series, a country part of the EU...

Asked 1 year ago
CécileKwiziq language super starCorrect answer

Hi Mme,

Indeed you can use 'faire partie de' for things as well as people.

e.g.

Les nations qui font partie de l' Union Européenne sont...

Ce projet fait partie d'une série de réformes économiques....

Hope this helps!

So is this verb expression only applied with people? How about non-people subjects? i.e. a work being part of a series, a country part of the EU...

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Asked 1 year ago
RonC1
Bonjour Stewart, I do not find a question in your post relative to the lesson. Please repost or add your question via reply. Bonne chance.

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The verb "faire" in Le Subjonctif

Asked 2 years ago
AurélieKwiziq language super star
Bonjour Roger !

Here is a link to our lesson related to faire in Le Subjonctif:
Conjugate faire in Le Subjonctif Présent (subjunctive mood)">Conjugate faire in Le Subjonctif Présent (subjunctive mood)">Conjugate faire in Le Subjonctif Présent (subjunctive mood)">Conjugate faire in Le Subjonctif Présent (subjunctive mood)

Bonne journée !

The verb "faire" in Le Subjonctif

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with plurals, de becomes des.....

Why isn't it "Nous ne faisons pas partie DES amis" as "ses amis" is plural? But then I guess that would apply to "de les amis", so what's going on here?
Asked 2 years ago
GruffKwiziq language super star

Hi Steven, in negative expressions, we always use de or d' irrespective of plurality. See this lesson: du, de la, de l', & des all become de or d' in negative sentences

Merci, une réponse très rapide! But how do we deal with posessive articles when it's not negative? So, "nous faisons partie (de ses) amis = .....des amis; je fais partie (de mes) invités = ....des invités?
LauraKwiziq language super star

Bonjour Steven,

Possessive adjectives don't contract, so you'd say nous faisons partie de ses amis, je fais partie de mes invités, etc.

Or if you're not using the adjective, then yes, you say des amis, des invités.

with plurals, de becomes des.....

Why isn't it "Nous ne faisons pas partie DES amis" as "ses amis" is plural? But then I guess that would apply to "de les amis", so what's going on here?

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