6. ir and re verbs. No big deal.

There are a number of important verbs that end in IR and RE. The most important ones, some of the 'Big Six', we will cover in the next chapter. The point to make here is that there is a slight difference in the conjugation but overall we continue to follow the same system. Lire – Read Je lis (mon livre) I read (my book) zhe lee Tu lis (ton livre) You read (your book) tu lee Il/Elle lit (son livre) He/She reads (his/her book) il/el lee On lit We read (informal/verbal) on lee Nous lisons We read (formal) noo li-zo’ Vous lisez You read (polite/formal/plural) voo li-zay Ils/Elles lisent They read (masc. And fem.) il/el liz Once again, in our first four examples, je, tu, il/elle and on we pronounce the conjugated verb exactly the same way, lee. Not forgetting that the last consonant is silent whether that be the 's' in Je lis, Tu lis or the 't' in Il/Elle lit and On lit. From this point on also take for granted; 1. Whenever you see ON in the exercises that it is the informal, verbal way of saying WE. When the following verb begins with a consonant or 'hard' letter the N in ON is a soft nasal sound and will be denoted with an apostrophe (') after the n. eg. On compare – We compare on’ com-par When the verb begins with a vowel (a,e,i,o or u) we pronounce the N in ON as a hard letter as we would in English. Eg. On accept - We accept. Another detail, it will come with practice. 2. NOUS is the formal written way of saying WE 3. VOUS is either the formal/polite way of addressing one person that we don't know or do not know well. It is also the correct way of addressing two or more people as YOU. 4. Ils/Elles is THEY. We use ILS when referring to a group of males. We use ELLES when referring to a group of females. For a mixed group of males and females (even if there are one hundred females and only one male) we refer to the group as ILS. Continued in the members section .....