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Plural verbs

I am getting confused between the forms of verbs ending with -nt and -ons like voulons and veulent. Both are used in plural sense (Ills veulent and Nous voulons). So where is the difference?

April 15, 2020

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Judit294350

ils is "they" nous is "we"


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GScottOliver

2020-04-14 I suggest you find a good French dictionary, or at least a conjugation table. However, a little mnemonic that may help is that the pronoun on, which can be used as “we”, is also found in the regular “we” conjugation Nous voulons. That leaves the -ent form, which ends in “T”, for use with the “They” pronouns: ils veulent. Does that help?

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jojo553168
 - vouloir - present tense -

      Je veux    I want
      Tu veux    You want
      Il/elle veut    He/she wants
      Nous voulons    We want
      Vous voulez    You want (plural)
      Ils/elles veulent    They want


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AdrianC602

There's three basic "persons", which are then doubled up for singular/plural.

I, you, him/her/it - then - we, you (plural), them.

It's mildly confused by French using the vous/you(plural) for formal singular, too. But that's a whole different can of worms...

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