Aqa Engineering Coursework Examples Of Verbs

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What jobs or work experience do your friends do?

Here are a few pointers for your reply.

Talk about the work experience your friends have had in the past and the part-time jobs they now have. Use the perfect and the present tense, for example:

  • pour son stage, il a travaillé dans une école, mais maintenant, il est vendeur dans un magasin de sport - for his work experience placement, he worked in a school but now he is a shop assistant in a sports shop

Include a range of jobs that require different verbs, for example:

  • être vendeur/vendeuse - to be a shop assistant
  • distribuer des journaux - to deliver newpapers
  • faire du baby-sitting - to babysit
  • travailler à l’usine - to work in a factory
  • laver des voitures - to wash cars
  • livrer des pizzas - to deliver pizzas

Give an opinion about the job:

  • c’est/ce n’est pas très - it is/it isn’t very
  • amusant - amusing
  • utile – useful
  • bien payé - well paid
  • mal payé - badly paid
  • difficile – difficult
  • fatigant – tiring
  • intéressant – interesting
  • ennuyeux - boring

About doing a similar job, say:

  • j’aimerais - I would like
  • j’aurais aimé - I would have liked
  • je n’aimerais pas - I would not like
  • je n’aurais pas aimé - I would not have liked

Common set phrases with avoir

The following expressions are all put together by choosing the correct subject pronoun and tense you require with avoir.


avoir…ansto be…years oldJ’ai dix-huit ansI am 18 years old
avoir chaudto be hotIl avait chaudHe was hot
avoir froidto be coldNous avons froidWe’re cold
avoir faimto be hungryIls avaient faimThey were hungry
avoir soifto be thirstyVous avez soif ?Are you thirsty?
avoir de la chanceto be luckyElle a de la chance !She’s lucky!
avoir besoin deto needOn a besoin d’eauWe need some water
avoir malto be in painJ'ai mal à la jambeI have a sore leg
avoir peurto be frightenedIl a peur des chiensHe’s afraid of dogs
avoir raisonto be rightIl avait raisonHe was right
avoir le droit deto have the rightOn aurait le droit de voterWe would have the right to vote
avoir envie deto want/wishElle a envie de voyagerShe wants to travel
avoir l’intention deto intend toJ’ai l’intention d’aller en EuropeI’m intending to go Europe

For many verbs, the translation is ‘to be…’ BUT they do not go with être!


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