Present Tense in French : Le présent de l’indicatif
Learning Tenses in any language is important. Mastering Tenses will allow you to speak coherently and continuously.
Present Tense in French is quite simple to learn and use in our daily life. Unlike English, French does not have a separate continuous tense. So, present tense in French could mean both simple present tense and present continuous tense depending on the context.
- Je mange du pain
This sentence could mean that I eat some bread and I am eating some bread.
It means that you can use Le Présent in French to convey both a simple action and a continuous action.
The French Present Tense can talk about any of the following:
1. Current actions or states of being
Je parle – I speak / I’m speaking.
Il chante – He sings / He is singing.
2. Habitual actions or states of being
Je me promène le matin – I walk every morning.
Elle fume quotidien – She smokes every day.
3. Actions which are about to occur
Nous partons demain à Paris – We will leave tomorrow for Paris.
Il arrive dans 30 minutes – He will arrive in 30 minutes.
4. General facts
Il y a beaucoup de forêts en Afrique – There are many forests in Africa.
Le pâturage vert est magnifique – The green pasture is beautiful.
5. Si clause (Present Tense)
S’il pleut alors je resterai chez moi – If it rains then I will stay at home.
Si je finis mon travail à 17h, j’irai au restaurant – If I finish my work at 5pm, I will go to the restaurant.