4.2.1 Regular verbs

Now we have seen the three groups of verbs, what are we going to do with this knowledge? Well, the endings in the conjugation differ from the the ending in the infinitive form of the verb. You will see, it is not as bad as it sounds, promise!

When we have a regular verb, the ending of the verb (-er, -ir, -re) is removed to get the stem of the verb. Then the conjugational ending according to the verb's group is added and we have the conjugated verb. This works as follows:

  Verbs ending in -er stem conjugational ending meaning
je I donn e give
    tu you donn es give
    il he donn e gives
    elle she donn e gives
    nous we donn ons give
    vous you donn ez give
    ils they (masculine) donn ent give
    elles they (feminine) donn ent give

  Verbs ending in -ir stem conjugational ending meaning
je I par s go
    tu you par s go
    il he par t goes
    elle she par t goes
    nous we par tons go
    vous you par tez go
    ils they (masculine) par tent go
    elles they (feminine) par tent go

  Verbs ending in -oir stem conjugational ending meaning
je I reç ois receive
    tu you reç ois receive
    il he reç oit receives
    elle she reç oit receives
    nous we rec evons receive
    vous you rec evez receive
    ils they (masculine) reç oivent receive
    elles they (feminine) reç oivent receive

  Verbs ending in -re stem conjugational ending meaning
je I descend s descend
    tu you descend s descend
    il he descend - descends
    elle she descend - descends
    nous we descend ons descend
    vous you descend ez descend
    ils they (masculine) descend ent descend
    elles they (feminine) descend ent descend

These are the basic patterns that will help you to go the first steps with French verbs.






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