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Verbs Relating to Ambition

What do ‘espérer’, ‘élargir’ and ‘gagner’ mean? How would you say, ‘to wish’ or ‘to dream’?

Studying Year 10 or 11 French? This rapid revision quiz was written for you.

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Our ambition is our desire to achieve success. Our hopes and dreams for the future are our ambitions. In this quiz we look at some of the French verbs associated with ambition. Find out how to say hope, dream, celebrate, earn and receive in French. If it is your ambition to do well in the GCSE exams then knowing these verbs is vital.

In each question you will be given a word or words in English. All you have to do is choose the French equivalent from the four choices offered.
1.
To receive
Recevoir
Porter
Utiliser
Promettre
Porter = to wear / carry
Utiliser = to use
Promettre = to promise
2.
To count on
Donner sur
Manquer
Compter sur
Monter
Donner sur = to overlook
Manquer = to miss
Monter = to ascend
3.
To widen
Essayer
Éteindre
Étudier
Élargir
Essayer = to try
Éteindre = to switch off
Étudier = to study
4.
To celebrate
Fêter
Permettre
Goûter
Jeter
Permettre = to allow / permit
Goûter = to taste
Jeter = to throw away
5.
To wish / want
Choisir
Vouloir
Féliciter
Ramasser
Choisir = to choose
Féliciter = to congratulate
Ramasser = to pick up
6.
To hope
Espérer
Prendre
Épouser
Partager
Prendre = to take
Épouser = to marry
Partager = to share
7.
To dream
Voir
Rêver
Détruire
Mentir
Voir = to see
Détruire = to destroy
Mentir = to lie
8.
To have just (done something)
Avoir tort
S’intéresser à
Venir de
S’inquiéter
Avoir tort = to be wrong
S’intéresser à = to be interested in
S’inquiéter = to worry
9.
To earn / win
Payer
Disparaître
Produire
Gagner
Payer = to pay
Disparaître = to disappear
Produire = to provide
10.
To save money
Se disputer
Mettre de l’argent de côté
Se mettre en colère
Se rendre compte
Se disputer = to argue
Se mettre en colère = to get angry
Se rendre compte = to realise
You can find more about this topic by visiting BBC Bitesize - Career choices and ambitions in French

Author:  Graeme Haw

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