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Which form of a verb do you use when talking about 'everything'?

Tout s'en va for example means everthing goes away but why is it va?

Is it always il/elle form because il can mean it?

November 25, 2017



everything goes, goes is a 3rd person. because I go, you go, he goes, we go, you go, they go it is the only one that works with is the 3rd person so it is the 3rd person in french too. alors, tout va bien. je vais, tu vas, il va, nous allons, vous allez, ils vont.


You use the third person singular.

Because "everything" is a singular term for a bunch of things (if that makes sense).


This helps me remember why "everything" is singular: I think of it as shorthand for "every single thing".


It's pretty much the same as with English. Everything goes away, not everything go away. Same with nothing. "rien ne va plus" means "Nothing is fine"

However be careful not to confuse "Tout" and "Tous". "Je les aime tous" Means "I love them all" and it's a whole n'other story with that.

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