falloir

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French[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Old French faloir, from an earlier falleir, from a changing of Old French faillir after its third person singular, faut, earlier falt (from Latin fallit), based off the model of valoir. Faillir derives in turn from Vulgar Latin *fallīre, from Latin fallere, fallō. Compare Franco-Provençal falêr from a similar development in Old Franco-Provençal.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /fa.lwaʁ/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -waʁ

Verb[edit]

falloir (defective)

  1. (impersonal) to need, have to, to be necessary (that)
    Il faut que j'y aille
    I need to go.
    Faut que j'y aille.
    Got to go.
    Il a tout ce qu'il te faut.
    He has everything that you need.
    • 2004, David Mitchell, Cloud Altas, Sceptre:
      Et si vous nuisez à ma réputation, eh bien, il faudra que je ruine la vôtre.
      And if you ruin my reputation, well, I'll have to ruin yours.
  2. to take (time)
    • 1943, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Le Petit Prince:
      Il me fallut longtemps pour comprendre d'où il venait.
      It took me a long time to understand where he came from.
  3. (reflexive, with "en") to be missing

Conjugation[edit]

This verb is defective, only conjugated in the third-person singular. This verb is impersonal and is conjugated only in the third-person singular.

This verb is defective, only conjugated in the third-person singular. This verb is impersonal and is conjugated only in the third-person singular.

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