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Five French verbs to know absolutely #2 Devoir

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Devoir has two meanings in French:

To have to when followed by a verb

To owe when followed by something/ an amount of money

Here are a few examples:

Je dois faire les courses ! = I have to go food shopping.

Tu dois 20 euros à Sophie = You owe twenty euros to Sophie.

Il doit partir demain = He has to leave tomorrow.

Elle doit un service à son frère = She owes a favor to her brother.

Nous devons venir te voir = We have to come see you.

Vous devez 33 euros en tout = You owe 33 euros in all.

Elles doivent remplir le questionnaire = They have to fill the form.

Other expressions to know absolutely

Combien je vous dois ? = How much do I owe you? (formal)

Vous me devez … = You owe me (formal)

Combien je te dois ? = How much do I owe you? (informal)

Tu me dois … = You owe me … (informal)

Devoir at present tense

Je dois

Tu dois

il/elle doit

Nous devons

Vous devez

Ils/elles doivent

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