How to say I in French = Je [Explanation and 6 Examples]

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In this French grammar lesson you will learn how to say I in French.

In this lesson you will learn about:

  • what the subject pronouns are in French
  • how to say I (je) in French
  • how I (je) is used in sentences
  • how you can quiz yourself on how to say I in French
  • how to practice with flashcards for how to say I in French.
  • how and why you should use the courses of Language Atlas to learn French

Please refer to the French A1 Curriculum to get a better overview of French grammar, if you are curious about this fits in French A1.

By the end of the lesson, you will know everything about how to say I in French!

Table of Contents

Table of Subject Pronouns

tuyou (singular informal)
ilhe, it (masculine)
elleshe, it (feminine)
onone, we (informal), people, they
nouswe (formal)
vousyou (singular formal and all plurals)
ilsthey (masculine, or mixed masculine and feminine)
ellesthey (feminine)

How to say I in French

Je is the equivalent of I in French.

The usage of je is very much so like in English.

Please take a look at the following 3 examples to get a better understanding of how to say I in French.

Je suis libre.

I‘m free.

Je suis occupé.

I am busy

As you can see the use of je is very intuitive.

If you know how to use I in English then you will find almost no suprises in French.

However, there’s one rule that you should take note of.

Please take a look at the following sentence.

J’ai deux frères.

I have two brothers.

If the -e in je is followed by another vowel (a, e, i, o, u) then it will change into an apostrophe.

The following would be incorrect

Je ai deux frères

After the –e there’s an –a (a vowel), so the –e will change into an apostrophe.

J’ai deux frères.

Example Sentences on How to say I in French

The final section of this lesson on how to say I in French is about seeing je in action.

This is valuable because you can improve your understanding on how to say I in French through examples.

This section contains the 3 previous sentences, plus 3 new sentences.

Je suis libre.

I‘m free.

Je suis occupé.

I am busy.

Je suis sûr.

I am sure.

J’ai deux frères.

I have two brothers.

J’ai deux enfants.

I have two children.

J’ai trois sœurs.

I have three sisters.

Quiz Yourself on How to Say I in French

At the end of every lesson you can do a small quiz.

You will see the sentences of the previous chapter. It is up to you to give the correct answer.

You will either need to fill in the blanks, choose the correct multiple choice option, or both.

Once you are done the correct answer will be shown.

You can redo the quiz as many times as you want!

Fill in the Blank!

suis libre. [I’m free.]


Fill in the Blank!

suis occupé. [I am busy.]


Fill in the Blank!

suis sûr. [I am sure.]

Fill in the Blank!

ai deux frères. [I have two brothers.]


Fill in the Blank!

ai deux enfants. [I have two children.]


Fill in the Blank!

ai trois sœurs. [I have three sisters.]


How to Practice With Flashcards for This Lesson

Using flashcards is an absolute necessity when it comes to learning a language!

It is the best way to memorize what you learn, you can personalize your progression because it adapts to your actions, and all flashcards have audio to improve your hearing and pronunciation.

Please read our article on how to learn a new language for more information on flashcards and the best way to learn a new language.

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