Arriver – to arrive, happen

Arriving at a French Verb

Arriver - French verb
Share / Tweet / Pin Me!

The French verb arriver usually means "to arrive" or "to happen." It’s a regular -er verb that requires être as its auxiliary verb in compound tenses/moods.

Arriver

1) Generally speaking, arriver is equivalent to "to arrive."

Par exemple…

Quand vas-tu arriver ?   When are you going to arrive?
Il est déjà arrivé.   He has already arrived.

2) It can also mean "to be on one’s way"

Attends, j’arrive !   Wait, I’m on my way!
Tiens, il arrive.   Look, he’s on his way.

Lesson: J’arrive !

3) And "to happen"

Qu’est-ce qui arrive ?   What’s happening?
Qu’est-ce qui t’est arrivé ?   What happened to you?

Arriver à

1) with a noun = to reach, get to (literally and figuratively)

On arrivera au sommet dans une heure.   We’ll reach the top in an hour.
Comment êtes-vous arrivé à ce résultat ?   How did you get this result?

2) with an infinitive = to manage to, succeed in

Je suis enfin arrivé à lui parler.   I finally managed to talk to him.
Il n’arrive pas à obtenir le permis.   He didn’t succeed in getting the permit.

Arriver in idiomatic expressions

 Related lessons

 Share / Tweet / Pin Me!

Arriver - to arrive, to happen
Stay up to date with Lawless French!
Twitter Facebook Quora Instagram Pinterest YouTube RSS Newsletter
Quora

Any Questions?

 Get help on the forum.
  
 

More Lawless French

 Subscribe to my twice-weekly newsletter.
       

Support Lawless French

  This free website is created with love and a great deal of work.

If you love it, please consider making a one-time or monthly donation.

Your support is entirely optional but tremendously appreciated.