Although aller has an -er ending, it’s not a regular verb from the 1st group. It’s an important verb in French, but it’s also highly irregular and it must be learned by heart. The verb aller conjugated in the present tense can express a present action but it can also indicate an action that is to happen in the near future.
What’s the present tense of aller?
Here is the conjugation of the verb aller in the French present tense with its pronunciation.
Useful expressions with aller
Conjugated forms of the verb aller are often used in greetings:
Ça va ? = How are you?
Comment allez-vous ? = How are you?
Comment vas-tu ? = How are you?
Ça va. = I’m OK. / I’m all right.
Je vais bien. = I’m fine. / I’m all right
Je vais mieux. = I’m better.
Tout va bien. = Everything’s fine.
Here are some other French expressions with aller that are commonly used in French:
Ça va sans dire. = That goes without saying.
Cela va de soi. = That goes without saying
Non mais ça va pas la tête ! = You’re crazy!
On y va ? = Wanna go?
On y va ! = Let’s go!
aller au dodo (informal) = to go to bed
aller au lit = to go to bed
aller au boulot (informal) = to go to work
aller au travail = to go to work
aller à l’école = to go to school
aller à la bibliothèque = to go to the library
aller faire un tour = to go for a walk
aller trop loin = to go too far
ne pas y aller par quatre chemins = to speak loud and clear / to make no bones about something
ne pas y aller de main morte = not to pull any punches
aller chercher dans les X dollars = to cost about X dollars
aller droit au but = to get straight to the point
aller bien à quelqu’un (talking about a piece of clothes) = to suit someone
Il y va de sa vie. = His/her life is at stake.
Now test yourself with a quiz on the conjugation of aller!
Quiz on the present tense conjugation of aller