French Verb Conjugation

Learning French verb conjugation is germaine, for a comprehensive study of French. It is the foundation for academic study.

For young children, it is best to let them learn as much as possible naturally. From hearing French and by “doing” the verbs.

Here is a French learning game for verbs:

Gave each child a plush animal and follow the directions:

  • Walk – and say Je marche. Make your animal walk and say –tu marches.
  • Now walk together with your stuffed animal and say- nous marchons - we walk.

  • Jump and say – Je saute. Make your stuffed animal jump and say – tu sautés. Now jump together with your stuffed animal and say – nous sautons.

  • Run and say – Je cours. Make your stuffed animal run and say - tu cours. Run together with your stuffed animal and say – nous courons.

  • Now go to sleep and say – Je dors. Make your stuffed animal go to sleep and say… tu dors. Now both of you go to sleep and say – nous dormons.

    Bonne nuit! (Good night).



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    Regular Present Tense Verbs

    French verbs are divided into three categories: ER verbs such as marcher (to walk, IR verbs such as finir (to finish), and RE verbs such as vendre (to sell).

    In the present tense,regular ER verbs are conjugated as follows:

    Marcher is the infinitive and means to walk. Drop the ER ending and you have the stem- march. Then add the following endings to the stem and you have the French verb conjugation.

    I walk Je marche We walk Nous marchons
    You walk Tu marches You walk Vous marchez
    He/She walks Il/Elle marche They walk Ils/Elles marchent

    The following ER French verbs are conjugated the same way, in the present tense.

  • aider - to help
  • aimer - to like
  • arriver - to arrive
  • chanter - to sing
  • chercher - to look for
  • danser - to dance
  • demander - to ask
  • donner - to give
  • écouter - to listen
  • entrer - to enter
  • étudier - to study
  • fermer - to close
  • jouer - to play
  • laver - to wash
  • oublier - to forget
  • parler - to speak



    Regular present tense IR French verbs.

    Finir is the infinitive and means to finish. Drop the IR ending; the stem is fini. Add the endings to the stem and you have the French verb conjugation.

    I finish Je finis We finish Nous finissons
    You finish Tu finis You finish Vous finissez
    He/She finishes Il/Elle finit They finish Ils/Elles finissent



    The following IR French verbs are conjugated the same way, in the present tense.

  • Applaudir - to applaud
  • choisir - to choose
  • grossir - to get fat
  • maigrir - to get thin
  • réfléchir - to reflect
  • réussir - to succeed



    Regular present tense RE French verbs

    Vendre is the infinitive and means to sell. Drop the RE ending; the stem is vend. Follow the pattern below:

    I sell Je vends We sell Nous vendons
    You sell Tu vends You sell Vous vendez
    He/She sells Il/Elle vend They sell Ils/Elles vendent



    French Irregular Verbs

    The following are the most common French irregular verbs, for the present tense.

  • Être - to be
    I am Je suis We are Nous sommes
    You are Tu es You are Vous êtes
    He/She is Il/est They are Ils/Elles sont



  • Avoir - to have
    I have J’ai We have Nous avons
    You have Tu as You have Vous avez
    He/She has Il/Elle a They have Ils/Elles ont



  • Faire - to make or to do
    I make Je fais We make Nous faisons
    You make Tu fais You make Vous faites
    He/She makes Il/Elle fait They makee Ils/Elles font



  • Aller - to go

    I go Je vais We go Nous allons
    You go Tu vas You go Vous allez
    He/She goes Il/Elle va They go Ils/Elles vont



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