How to Conjugate "Accomplir" (to Accomplish)

Simple Conjugations for the French Verb "Accomplir"

When you want to say "to accomplish" in French, you will use the word accomplir. The similarities in the French and English words make it an easy one to learn and the conjugation isn't too difficult either.

Conjugating the French Verb Accomplir

Verb conjugations are used to make a complete sentence. The ending of the verb is changed to fit with both the subject pronoun -- the j', tu, nous, etc. -- as well as the tense.

The good news is that accomplir is a regular -IR verb. It follows the standard verb conjugation pattern for similar verbs. This is nice because once you learn how to conjugate one of these words, the others are relatively easy.

Using this chart, you can quickly discover the correct conjugation you will need. For instance, to say "I accomplish," you will say "j'accomplis" and "we will accomplish" is "nous accomplirons."

Subject Present Future Imperfect
j' accomplis accomplirai accomplissais
tu accomplis accompliras accomplissais
il accomplit accomplira accomplissait
nous accomplissons accomplirons accomplissions
vous accomplissez accomplirez accomplissiez
ils accomplissent accompliront accomplissaient

The Present Participle

The present participle for accomplir is accomplissant. Because the verb is "regular," it's as simple as replacing the -ir with an -ant ending. Not only is this a verb, but you can use it as an adjective, gerund, or noun when needed.

The Passé Composé of Accomplir

While you can use the imperfect for the past tense, it's more common in French to use the passé composé. This allows you to use the past participle accompli no matter the subject pronoun of the sentence.

To complete the passé composé, you will also need the "helping" or auxiliary verb. For accomplir, that is avoir and it does need to be conjugated.

For example, "we accomplished" is, quite simply, "nous avons accompli." Likewise, "you accomplished" is "vous avez accompli."

More Conjugations of Accomplir

Depending on how far you take your French studies, you may not use all of the following conjugations. This is particularly true for the passé simple and imperfect subjunctive, which are primarily used in formal writing.

The other two verb forms in this chart are quite useful. They both imply a certain level of ambiguity, which might apply to accomplishing some things. The subjunctive is used when the action is questionable and the conditional when it may or may not happen.

Subject Subjunctive Conditional Passé Simple Imperfect Subjunctive
j' accomplisse accomplirais accomplis accomplisse
tu accomplisses accomplirais accomplis accomplisses
il accomplisse accomplirait accomplit accomplît
nous accomplissions accomplirions accomplîmes accomplissions
vous accomplissiez accompliriez accomplîtes accomplissiez
ils accomplissent accompliraient accomplirent accomplissent

There may also be times when you will want to use accomplir in the imperative. When you do, you can skip the subject pronoun and use the imperative form alone. For instance, instead of "tu accomplis," you can say "accomplis."

Imperative
(tu) accomplis
(nous) accomplissons
(vous) accomplissez