How to say To Hurt Someone in French [+12 Examples]

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

In this lesson you will learn about:

  • how to say to hurt someone in French
  • how this idiom is used in sentences
  • how you can quiz yourself on how to say to hurt someone in French
  • the way Anki files can be downloaded for how to say to hurt someone in French

Please refer to the French A2 Curriculum to get a better overview of French grammar, if you are curious about this idiom fits in French A2 grammar.

By the end of the lesson you will know all about how to say to hurt someone in French!

Table of Contents

Introduction

In French there’s a difference between physically hurting someone and emotionally hurting someone.

Every option has its seperate – but related – idiom.

The following two chapters are about physical and emotional pain.

To Physically Hurt Someone

If you want to express “to physically hurt someone”, then you will use the following idiom:

  • faire mal à + person = to (physically) hurt someone

Jean va faire mal à mon frère.

Jean is going to hurt my my brother.

Ils vont faire mal à Charles.

They are going to hurt Charles.

Tu fais mal à mon ami.

You are hurting my friend.

If you want to say that someone is hurting me/you/him/her/us/them, then you will use:

  • me/te/lui/nous/vous/leur + faire mal

Arrête ! Tu me fais mal.

Stop! You are hurting me.

Est-ce qu’il vous fait mal ?

Is he hurting you?

Je crois que je lui ai fait mal hier.

I think I hurt him yesterday.

If you are having difficulties with indirect object pronouns, then please read the lesson on how to use lui and leur, as well as the lesson on how to use me/te/nous/vous.

To Emotionally Hurt Someone

If you want to express “to emotionally hurt someone”, then you will use the following idiom:

  • faire du mal à + person = to (emotionally) hurt someone

Je pense que Clara a fait du mal à Paul.

I think Clara hurt Paul.

J’espère que vous n’allez pas faire du mal à Alexandra.

I hope that you are not going to hurt Alexandra.

Mes parents ont fait du mal à ma sœur avec leur comportement.

My parents hurt my sister with their behaviour.

If you want to say that someone is hurting me/you/him/her/us/them, then you will use:

  • me/te/lui/nous/vous/leur + faire du mal

Je ne veux pas te faire du mal.

I don’t want to hurt you.

Je sais que je vous ai fait du mal.

I know that I hurt you.

Tu me fait du mal quand tu dis ces choses.

You hurt me when you say these things.

Example Sentences on How to say To Hurt Someone in French

The final section of this lesson on how to say to hurt someone in French is about seeing the idiom in action.

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

Here you can find the sentences of the previous chapters, neatly stored in one place.

Jean va faire mal à mon frère.

Jean is going to hurt my my brother.

Ils vont faire mal à Charles.

They are going to hurt Charles.

Tu fais mal à mon ami.

You are hurting my friend.

Arrête ! Tu me fais mal.

Stop! You are hurting me.

Est-ce qu’il vous fait mal ?

Is he hurting you?

Je crois que je lui ai fait mal hier.

I think I hurt him yesterday.

Je pense que Clara a fait du mal à Paul.

I think Clara hurt Paul.

J’espère que vous n’allez pas faire du mal à Alexandra.

I hope that you are not going to hurt Alexandra.

Mes parents ont fait du mal à ma sœur avec leur comportement.

My parents hurt my sister with their behaviour.

Je ne veux pas te faire du mal.

I don’t want to hurt you.

Je sais que je vous ai fait du mal.

I know that I hurt you.

Tu me fait du mal quand tu dis ces choses.

You hurt me when you say these things.

Quiz Yourself on How to say To Hurt Someone in French

It’s not enough to just read this lesson.

You should test your knowledge to see if you really understood everything, and to be able to repeat the material.

It is also for this reason that it is recommended to download the Anki Decks and practice them.

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

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!

Anki File for How to say To Hurt Someone in French

It is important to do the Anki excercises for this lesson, so that you can remember what you just studied.

By downloading the Anki File for French A2 you can practice every French A2 lesson that is on Language Atlas.

At this moment the Anki File for this lesson doesn’t exist yet. However, in due time this will be available on Language Atlas.

If you don’t know why you should use Anki, or don’t know how to use Anki or merge Anki files please click here.

Anki can be downloaded from here.

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