Avoir Envie De – Meaning, Translation, Example Sentences


avoir envie deIn this lesson you will learn the meaning of avoir envie de: to want to do something, to fancy, to feel like doing something. The grammar construction is: Avoir envie de + verb in the infinitive form . Before doing this lesson you might find it useful to go through our lesson covering the conjugation of avoir (to have).

Practice sentences

  • Martin a envie d’aller à la plage.
    Martin wants to go to the beach.

In this situaiton you write “d'” rather than the word “de” because the verb, aller, begins with a voyel. If you said “de aller” it would sound funny to the French ear.

  • J’ai envie de manger.
    I want to eat.
  • Qu’est-ce que tu a envie de faire?
    What do you want to do?
  • As-tu envie de rester ici?
    Do you want to stay here?

In this situation as-tu is simply tu as (you have inverted). When you invert “tu as” you form a question: “Do you have?” You could also replace as-tu with, “est-ce que tu as…?”

  • Elles ont envie d’aller à la fête.
    They want to go to the party.

This is a sentences which really makes you work on your liasions. French people do not like the sound of linking to vowels together without a liasion. So, between “Elles and ont” you need to sound out the S on “Elles” into a “Z” sound. Then, between “ont” and “envie” you need to pronounce that “T” because envie starts with a vowel.

  • Désolé, je n’ai pas envie de faire ça.
    Sorry, I don’t want to do that.

You can also make “avoir envie de” into the negative by saying, “ne + avoir conjugated” + pas + envie de + verb.

  • Il a envie de jouer au tennis.
    He wants to play tennis.
  • Avez-vous envie de nager?
    Do you want to swim?
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