How to use “Faire” (to make/to do)?

This is a very important French verb as it means to make/to do and as it is used in many idiomatic expressions.

1/ Conjugation (present)

je fais
tu fais
il fait
elle fait
on fait
        nous faisons
        vous faites
        ils font
        elles font

2/ To make/to do

Je fais le ménage. = I’m doing the housework.

Qu’est-ce que tu fais ici ? = What are you doing here?

Je fais un gâteau. = I’m making a cake.

Je fais des projets. = I’m making plans.

It is also used for sports and many activities:

– Est-ce que vous faites du sport ? = Do you play sports?
– Oui, je fais du tennis. = Yes, I play tennis.

Other examples:

faire de la natation = to swim

faire du jogging = to go jogging

faire de la danse = to dance


faire la cuisine / à manger = to cook

faire la vaisselle = to clean the dishes

faire la lessive = to do the laundry

faire les vitres = to clean the windows 

faire le lit = to make the bed

When the English “to make” is followed by an adjective, the French language uses the verb “rendre”:
E.g.: Ça me rend triste. = That makes me sad.

3/ Expressions

About the weather:

Il fait beau. = it’s sunny.

Il fait mauvais.  = it’s rainy.

Il fait nuageux. = it’s cloudy. 

Il fait frais. = it’s chilly.

Il fait chaud. = it’s hot.

Il fait froid.  = it’s cold.

Il fait bon. = it’s mild.

Typically French expressions:

Faire la fête = to party
Faire attention (à…) = to be careful/to pay attention to
Faire la grasse matinée = to lay around in in the morning  (literally, it means “to do the fat morning”)
Faire la sourde oreille = to turn a deaf ear
Faire des économies = to save money
Faire la bise = to greet by kissing (French greetings: one, two, three or even four kisses on each cheek!)

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