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VOIR - FRENCH VERB CONJUGATIONS - PRESENT
VOIR is an irregular verb 
présent de l'indicatif
negative?
jevois[je vois]
tuvois[tu vois]
ilvoit[il voit]
nousvoyons[nous voyons]
vousvoyez[vous voyez]
ilsvoient[ils voient]
présent de l'indicatif
positive?
jenevoispas [je ne vois pas]
tunevoispas [tu ne vois pas]
ilnevoitpas [il ne voit pas]
nousnevoyonspas [nous ne voyons pas]
vousnevoyezpas [vous ne voyez pas]
ilsnevoientpas [ils ne voient pas]
[VOIR]
VOIR
TO SEE
It means that only irregular verbs ending with [-VOIR] have the same pattern: we call it irregular for this reason. It’s regular with its mates but it has an irregular pattern when compared with the 7000 other verbs in the French language. VOIR belongs to the 3rd group. In the 3rd group, all the verbs are irregular. Good news: only 25% of all French verbs are irregular. Bad news: this 25% contain the most important verbs for beginners.
PRÉSENT DE L'INDICATIF

This tense is used most of the time. It indicates an action which is happening at the present time or a habitual action.

HOW TO USE VOIR: (VOIR EXAMPLES)
- GENERAL USE -
definitionsexample use 
to seeTu peux voir sans tes lunettes?  
to observe,  to look atDe sa fenêtre, elle peut voir ses enfants jouer dans le jardin.  
to go and see,  to consultIl va voir son avocat à 13 heures.  
to witnessNous avons vu l'accident se produire!  
to be perceived,  to be consideredElle est bien vue par ses voisins.  
- INFORMAL USE -
definitionsexample useexpression
to seeC'est ce qu'on va voir! Tu ne veux pas rentrer? C'est ce qu'on va voir! 
to seeNe pas voir plus loin que le bout de son nez Il est bête; il ne voit pas plus loin que le bout de son nez 
to seeVa te faire voir! Allez vous faire voir! 
to seeEn faire voir de toutes les couleurs à quelqu'un Il nous en a fait voir du toutes les couleurs 
- FORMAL USE -
definitionsexample useexpression
to seeVoir du pays Quand j'étais jeune, j'ai vu du pays 
to seeVoir double Depuis une semaine, je vois double 
to seeVoir juste Ma femme voit juste 
to seeVoir la vie en rose Elle voit la vie en rose 
to seeVoir tout en noir Depuis qu'il a perdu son travail, il voit tout en noir 
to seeVoir le bout du tunnel Encore un mois d'effort et nous verrons la fin du tunnel 
to seeVoir les choses en face Il faut voir les choses en face; acceptez! 
to seeVoir rouge Depuis qu'il a perdu son travail, il voit rouge 
to seeVoir grand Mon chef voit grand 
to seeFaire peine à voir Son chien fait peine à voir 
to seeNe pas avoir grand-chose à voir avec Son discours n'a pas grand-chose à voir avec nos problèmes 
WHAT'S A TENSE ? 
CONJUGATE FRENCH VERB VOIR
What can you do with the present tense ? 
passé récent
negative?
jeviensdevoir
tuviensdevoir
ilvientdevoir
nousvenonsdevoir
vousvenezdevoir
ilsviennentdevoir
passé récent
positive?
jenevienspasdevoir 
tunevienspasdevoir 
ilnevientpasdevoir 
nousnevenonspasdevoir 
vousnevenezpasdevoir 
ilsneviennentpasdevoir 
futur proche
negative?
jevaisvoir
tuvasvoir
ilvavoir
nousallonsvoir
vousallezvoir
ilsvontvoir
futur proche
positive?
jenevaispasvoir 
tunevaspasvoir 
ilnevapasvoir 
nousn'allonspasvoir 
vousn'allezpasvoir 
ilsnevontpasvoir 
impératif
negative?
vois
voyons
voyez
impératif
positive?
 
nevoispas 
 
nevoyonspas 
nevoyezpas 
 
Well, with the present tense you can describe actions which are occurring now, in the present. But you can do many other things with it too. Look below and you will see that, in French, you can use the present tense combined with other features in such a way that it means something totally different.
IMPÉRATIF

The French imperative (the command tense) of 1st group verbs is very easy to learn. It is used to express command or a request. It's actually the normal present tense but a shorter version.

It is formed
by dropping the "I, you, he, she, we, you, they", of the present tense. Then you erase nearly all the persons but 3; the "you" singular, the "you" plural and the "we" plural.

FUTUR PROCHE

The "futur proche" (near future) is made of the present tense plus another verb. If you look at the conjugation you'll see another verb: ALLER.

The NEAR FUTURE
is therefore expressed by ALLER in the present tense plus the infinitive (the raw verb) of the verb action you are talking about. If you want to speak in future, you just have to learn ALLER (3rd group, irregular).

PASSÉ RÉCENT

The passé recent (recent past) is made of the present tense plus another verb. If you look at the conjugation you'll see another verb: VENIR DE.

The past tense
is therefore expressed by VENIR DE in the present tense plus the infinitive (the raw verb) of the verb action you are talking about. If you want to speak in past, you just have to learn VENIR (3rd group, irregular).

THE 3 FRENCH VERB GROUPS 
VOIR - FRENCH VERB CONJUGATIONS
What ? Another present tense ? 
le conditionnel présent
negative?
jeverrais
tuverrais
ilverrait
nousverrions
vousverriez
ilsverraient
le conditionnel présent
positive?
jeneverraispas 
tuneverraispas 
ilneverraitpas 
nousneverrionspas 
vousneverriezpas 
ilsneverraientpas 
What? A second present tense? I don't understand; I thought there was only one present tense! Help!
LE CONDITIONNEL PRÉSENT

The conditional is used in French to express: Courtesy. If you want to be polite in French, use this mood: Je voudrais du café, s'il vous plaît. I would like some coffee, please. An obligation or duty: Nous devrions partir pour prendre le dernier métro. We should leave if we want to get the last train.

Remember
: The French verb DEVOIR + Infinitive is the exact translation for SHOULD: We should leave if we want to catch the last train. The French verb POUVOIR is the exact translation for COULD or WOULD BE ABLE TO: Nous pourrions venir après le déjeuner. We would be able to come after lunch.

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WHAT'S A MOOD ? 
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FRENCH VERB VOIR - THE INDICATIVE MOOD
The indicative mood – Recap. 
présent de l'indicatif
negative?
jevois[je vois]
tuvois[tu vois]
ilvoit[il voit]
nousvoyons[nous voyons]
vousvoyez[vous voyez]
ilsvoient[ils voient]
présent de l'indicatif
positive?
jenevoispas [je ne vois pas]
tunevoispas [tu ne vois pas]
ilnevoitpas [il ne voit pas]
nousnevoyonspas [nous ne voyons pas]
vousnevoyezpas [vous ne voyez pas]
ilsnevoientpas [ils ne voient pas]
The easiest mood! If you want to merely make a statement or ask a question about anything really, you'll use the most common mood, the Indicative Mood. In short, this is the mood we use most of the time; the present, the future, the imperfect you normally use are indicative.
PRÉSENT DE L'INDICATIF

This tense is used most of the time. It indicates an action which is happening at the present time or a habitual action.

VOIR - FRENCH VERB CONJUGATIONS - VERB VOIR
futur
negative?
jeverrai
tuverras
ilverra
nousverrons
vousverrez
ilsverront
futur
positive?
jeneverraipas 
tuneverraspas 
ilneverrapas 
nousneverronspas 
vousneverrezpas 
ilsneverrontpas 
imparfait de l'indicatif
negative?
jevoyais
tuvoyais
ilvoyait
nousvoyions
vousvoyiez
ilsvoyaient
imparfait de l'indicatif
positive?
jenevoyaispas 
tunevoyaispas 
ilnevoyaitpas 
nousnevoyionspas 
vousnevoyiezpas 
ilsnevoyaientpas 
passé simple
negative?
jevis
tuvis
ilvit
nousvîmes
vousvîtes
ilsvirent
passé simple
positive?
jenevispas 
tunevispas 
ilnevitpas 
nousnevîmespas 
vousnevîtespas 
ilsnevirentpas 
PASSÉ SIMPLE

Good news! This past tense is not used in conversional French. Only literary people use it in formal writing, for example, in a novel or a history book. The truth is that this tense is nearly dead. So… You can forget it for the moment (unless your proficiency level is very very high)

IMPARFAIT DE L'INDICATIF

This is a past tense. It is use to indicate repetition in the past or a habit in the past: Nous allions au restaurant tous les jours. We used to go to the restaurant every day.

It is also
the tense you must use when describing an action in the past: Il était heureux quand je l'ai vu. He was happy when I saw him.

FUTUR

This tense expresses an action which will take place at some time in the future. Nous irons en Chine l'hiver prochain. We will go to China next summer

WHAT'S A COMPOUND TENSE ? 
PASSÉ COMPOSÉ
More about The indicative mood! 
passé composé
negative?
j'aivu[j'ai vu]
tuasvu[tu as vu]
ilavu[il a vu]
nousavonsvu[nous avons vu]
vousavezvu[vous avez vu]
ilsontvu[ils ont vu]
passé composé
positive?
jen'aipasvu [je n'ai pas vu]
tun'aspasvu [tu n'as pas vu]
iln'apasvu [il n'a pas vu]
nousn'avonspasvu [nous n'avons pas vu]
vousn'avezpasvu [vous n'avez pas vu]
ilsn'ontpasvu [ils n'ont pas vu]
In French there are 7 compound tenses. But only 4 of them belong to the INDICATIVE.
PASSÉ COMPOSÉ

The Past Indefinite or Compound Past is used in everyday French. It's the informal past tense. It's used when people want to talk about facts, about actions which are finished in the past.

If you want
to describe your day at school or at the office, for example, you must use the Compound Past. There is no other way to do it.

If you want
to know what a compound tense is, go to the tab on the left hand side which says: "What's a compound tense?". Clever!?

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WHAT'S A PAST PARTICIPLE ? 
CONJUGATE FRENCH VERB VOIR - VERB VOIR
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plus-que-parfait de l'indicatif
negative?
j'avaisvu
tuavaisvu
ilavaitvu
nousavionsvu
vousaviezvu
ilsavaientvu
plus-que-parfait de l'indicatif
positive?
jen'avaispasvu 
tun'avaispasvu 
iln'avaitpasvu 
nousn'avionspasvu 
vousn'aviezpasvu 
ilsn'avaientpasvu 
passé antérieur de l'indicatif
negative?
j'eusvu
tueusvu
ileutvu
nouseûmesvu
vouseûtesvu
ilseurentvu
passé antérieur de l'indicatif
positive?
jen'euspasvu 
tun'euspasvu 
iln'eutpasvu 
nousn'eûmespasvu 
vousn'eûtespasvu 
ilsn'eurentpasvu 
futur antérieur
negative?
j'auraivu
tuaurasvu
ilauravu
nousauronsvu
vousaurezvu
ilsaurontvu
futur antérieur
positive?
jen'auraipasvu 
tun'auraspasvu 
iln'aurapasvu 
nousn'auronspasvu 
vousn'aurezpasvu 
ilsn'aurontpasvu 
It's really easy to understand compound tenses when you realise that:
*
The second part is always the same (It's like the –ed form in English; it's always the same in compound tenses).
*
But, the first part is not always in present tense. Remember the Compound past? J'ai préparé des spaghetti. (Literally: I have prepared spaghetti). This 1st part is in the present tense!

Now
, Look at the following tense: the pluperfect (le Plus-que-parfait):
J'avais préparé des spaghetti.
(I had prepared spaghetti). "I had" is not a present tense: it's the imperfect of TO HAVE. Thus, The pluperfect in English is identical to French; the first part of the tense is in the past.

Now
, look at this tense in English (tricky one): "I will have prepared spaghetti". The 1st part is "will have" (It's a future – The tense is called Future perfect and yes, it's English). In French, we will say: J'aurai préparé des spaghetti ("j'aurai" is TO HAVE in the future).
FUTUR ANTÉRIEUR

The Future Perfect or Future Anterior, is an interesting tense. In French and English, it is used to express an action which will happen in the future before another future action.

In English
we commonly use Shall have or will have + the Past participle.

See
the following example: When she calls me tomorrow, I shall have finished my report (Quand elle appellera demain, j'aurai fini mon rapport).

PASSÉ ANTÉRIEUR DE L'INDICATIF

Past Anterior. This tense is not very used in French; it's a literary tense (writing only). So, unless you are a writer and/or you want to read Balzac, you can put it aside for the moment.

PLUS-QUE-PARFAIT DE L'INDICATIF

The pluperfect or Past Perfect Indicative is used to express an action which happened in the past before another past action.

Tricky?
No. Look at the following example: "I had seen the movie he told us about." "I had seen" is the Pluperfect. You might never have seen this structure because in English, it's not really used. But it's perfectly correct. First someone told us about a movie (Past tense), second, I had seen it before (Action of "seeing" before the action of "telling"). Both tense are in the Past.

WHAT'S A PRESENT PARTICIPLE? 
FRENCH VERB VOIR - THE CONDITIONAL MOOD
The Conditional Mood 
le conditionnel présent
negative?
jeverrais
tuverrais
ilverrait
nousverrions
vousverriez
ilsverraient
le conditionnel présent
positive?
jeneverraispas 
tuneverraispas 
ilneverraitpas 
nousneverrionspas 
vousneverriezpas 
ilsneverraientpas 
It refers to actions / events which would, should or could happen in the future if certain conditions were met. In short, when an English speaker wants to use WOULD, SHOULD or COULD; she / he uses the conditional mood. Look at the following simple tense in conditional:
THE CONDITIONAL AND JOURNALISM

The conditional is often used in journalistic language. When journalists want to state something as an "alleged" fact, or doesn't wish to state something definitely true they use the conditional.

It is
also used in French as "could" and "would" are in English to make a request more polite: Je voudrais réserver une table pour deux, s'il vous plaît. (I would like to book a table for two, please.)

WHAT'S A TRANSITIVE VERB? 
CONJUGATE FRENCH VERB VOIR
The conditional's compound tense! 
le conditionnel passé
negative?
j'auraisvu
tuauraisvu
ilauraitvu
nousaurionsvu
vousauriezvu
ilsauraientvu
le conditionnel passé
positive?
jen'auraispasvu 
tun'auraispasvu 
iln'auraitpasvu 
nousn'aurionspasvu 
vousn'auriezpasvu 
ilsn'auraientpasvu 
The conditional has only one compound tense; the Conditional Perfect (le Conditionnel Passé).
LE CONDITIONNEL PASSÉ

The Conditional Perfect. Is used to express an action or an event that you would have done if something else had been possible. "Would have" could be translated by the French conditional "j'aurais".

"Done"
is the past participle of to do (fait).

WHAT IS A SUBORDINATE CLAUSE? 
CONJUGATE FRENCH VERB VOIR - VERB VOIR
The Subjunctive mood 
présent du subjonctif
negative?
quejevoie
quetuvoies
qu'ilvoie
quenousvoyions
quevousvoyiez
qu'ilsvoient
présent du subjonctif
positive?
quejenevoiepas
quetunevoiespas
qu'ilnevoiepas
quenousnevoyionspas
quevousnevoyiezpas
qu'ilsnevoientpas
imparfait du subjonctif
negative?
quejevisse
quetuvisses
qu'ilvît
quenousvissions
quevousvissiez
qu'ilsvissent
imparfait du subjonctif
positive?
quejenevissepas
quetunevissespas
qu'ilnevîtpas
quenousnevissionspas
quevousnevissiezpas
qu'ilsnevissentpas
The Subjunctive mood is used in French much more than in English (Actually, most English speakers don't know that it even exists!). But the Subjunctive is quite commonly used in English to express an idea contrary to a fact: "If I were you, I would learn a second language". In French, it is a very common tense. You'll use it if you want to express a wish, a fear, a doubt or a supposition.
IMPARFAIT DU SUBJONCTIF

The Imperfect subjunctive is not in use anymore. You'll find it in literature and old poetry. This tense is also rarely used in English.

PRÉSENT DU SUBJONCTIF

The subjunctive is used mainly in subordinate clause. It means that in the majority of cases where the subjunctive is used, there is no other choice; it is required after some specific expression. These expression express fear, doubt, supposition and wish.

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WHAT'S AN INTRANSITIVE VERB? 
FRENCH VERB VOIR - THE SUBJUNCTIVE MOOD
The subjunctive mood and compound tenses 
passé du subjonctif
negative?
quej'aievu
quetuaiesvu
qu'ilaitvu
quenousayonsvu
quevousayezvu
qu'ilsaientvu
passé du subjonctif
positive?
quejen'aiepasvu
quetun'aiespasvu
qu'iln'aitpasvu
quenousn'ayonspasvu
quevousn'ayezpasvu
qu'ilsn'aientpasvu
plus-que-parfait du subjonctif
negative?
quej'eussevu
quetueussesvu
qu'ileûtvu
quenouseussionsvu
quevouseussiezvu
qu'ilseussentvu
plus-que-parfait du subjonctif
positive?
quejen'eussepasvu
quetun'eussespasvu
qu'iln'eûtpasvu
quenousn'eussionspasvu
quevousn'eussiezpasvu
qu'ilsn'eussentpasvu
spe The subjunctive mood has also compound tenses. The following ones are not very common in every day French conversation. They are actually quite rare.
PLUS-QUE-PARFAIT DU SUBJONCTIF

The Pluperfect or Past Perfect Subjunctive is rarely used in French and in English.

This tense
is avoided in conversational informal writing and speaking. It is useful if you read a lot of French literature from the 19th century.

PASSÉ DU SUBJONCTIF

The past or perfect subjunctive expresses a past action which is in relation to the present time.

This tense
is very rarely used in English but quite common in French. Il est probable qu'elle ait téléphoné (It's probable she may have called)

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