Wednesday, March 18, 2020
How to Conjugate French Regular -ER Verbs
How to Conjugate French Regular -ER Verbs There are five main kinds of verbs in French: regular -ER, -IR, -RE; stem-changing; and irregular. Once youve learned the rules of conjugation for each of the first three kinds of verbs, you should have no problem conjugating regular verbs in each of those categories. The majority of French verbs are regular -ER verbs. French Regular -ER Verb Conjugations The verb form that ends in -ER is called the infinitive, and -ER is the infinitive ending. The verb with the infinitive ending removed is called the stem or radical. To conjugate -ER verbs, remove the infinitive ending to find the stem and add the endings. The table lists the present tense conjugations for the regular -ER verbs parler (to speak or talk), donner (to give), and visiter (to visit). To help with learning, the infinitive form is listed (such asÃ parler) followed by the stem (such asÃ parl-). Pronoun Ending parler parl- donner donn- visiter visit- je -e parle donne visite tu -es parles donnes visites il -e parle donne visite nous -ons parlons donnons visitons vous -ez parlez donnez visitez ils -ent parlent donnent visitent Regular -ER verbs share conjugation patterns in all tenses and moods. More -ER VerbÃ Conjugations: Penser The rules for conjugating regular -ER verbs remain the same throughout all tenses and moods: Thats why they the are called regular -ER verbs. For your studies, it can be helpful, however, to view all the conjugations for all tenses of moods of a regular -ER verb, such asÃ penserÃ (to think). Remember that to conjugate this regular -ER verb, simply take the stem -penseÃ and then add the appropriate endings. Pronoun Present Future Imperfect je pense penserai pensais tu penses penseras pensais il pense pensera pensait nous pensons penserons pensions vous pensez penserez pensiez ils pensent penseront pensaient Pronoun Subjunctive Conditional Pass Simple Imperfect Subjunctive je pense penserais pensai pensasse tu penses penserais pensas pensasses il pense penserait pensa penst nous pensions penserions pensmes pensassions vous pensiez penseriez penstes pensassiez ils pensent penseraient pensrent pensassent Pronoun Imperative tu pense nous pensons vous pensez Some Common French Regular -ER Verbs Take some time to familiarize yourself with the most common regular -ER verbs, because youre likely to encounter these words often when reading or speaking French. They all share the same conjugation patterns, with a few exceptions noted below. aimerÃ to like, to lovearriverÃ to arrive, to happenchanterÃ Ã to singchercherÃ to look forcommencerÃ to begindanserÃ to dancedemanderÃ to ask fordÃ ©penserÃ Ã to spend (money)dÃ ©testerÃ to hatedonnerÃ to giveÃ ©couterÃ to listen toÃ ©tudier Ã Ã to studyfermerÃ to closegoÃ »terÃ Ã to tastejouerÃ to playlaverÃ to washmangerÃ Ã to eatnagerÃ to swimparlerÃ to talk, to speakpasserÃ to pass, spend (time)porterÃ to wear, to carryrÃ ªverÃ to dreamsemblerÃ to seemskierÃ to skitravaillerÃ to worktrouverÃ to findvolerÃ to fly, to steal A Few Exceptions All regular s of this kind of conjugation would be commencerÃ (to begin), manger (to eat),Ã nagerÃ (to swim), andÃ skier (to ski). Though they are conjugated just like regular -ER verbs, watch out for verbs that end inÃ -IER, such asÃ Ã ©tudierÃ (to study).