Simple Conjugations for the French Verb "Adorer"

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The French verb adorer means exactly what it looks like: "to adore." It's a regular verb and that means that it follows a simple pattern when conjugating it to fit the subject and tense of your sentence.

This is an easy French lesson and by the end, you'll know exactly how to conjugate adorer.

Conjugating the French Verb Adorer

In French, verbs are conjugated in order to match the tense and subject pronoun of the sentence. The pronouns are the I, you, he, she, we, and they that act as the subjects. These are the basic pronouns like j', tu, il, nous, vous, and ils that you learn in basic French lessons.

Adorer is a regular -er verb and it follows a simple pattern for changing the ending as we conjugate it from tense and subject. Once you are familiar with the pattern, you can conjugate any number of similar verbs.

The following chart explains how adorer is conjugated into the present, future, imperfect past, and present participle tenses. You will match the word with the subject your speaking about. For instance, to say, "I adore," you would simply say "j'adore" in French. It's actually quite easy when you put it to practice.

Subject Present Future Imperfect
j' adore adorerai adorais
tu adores adoreras adorais
il adore adorera adorait
nous adorons adorerons adorions
vous adorez adorerez adoriez
ils adorent adoreront adoraient

Adorer's Present Participle

The present participle of adorer is adorant. The -ant ending is used in a similar manner to the -ing in English. In this form, adorant can be used as a verb. You may find it helpful as an adjective, gerund, or noun as well.

Adorer in Past Tense

Beyond the imperfect past tense, you can also use the common passé composé to express that you "adored" something. 

In order to do this, you will need to add the auxiliary verb, or "helping" verb, avoir in a conjugated form. Also, rather than changing the adorer verb to match the subject, you can simply use the past participle of adoré.

For example, to say "I adored," you can simple say "j'ai adoré." Likewise, to say "we adored" in French, you will say "nous avons adoré." In these phrases, "ai" and "avons" are conjugates of the verb avoir.

More Conjugations of Adorer

Those are the easy conjugations and the ones that you will use most often in French. There are special circumstances when you will need to use another form of adorer.

The subjunctive is a verb mood that expresses that an action is subjective or uncertain. The conditional verb mood tells you that the adoration only applies under certain conditions.

You may never use the passé simple or imperfect subjunctive as these are used in formal writing. However, it's a good idea to be aware of how they are used.

Subject Subjunctive Conditional Passé Simple Imperfect Subjunctive
j' adore adorerais adorai adorasse
tu adores adorerais adoras adorasses
il adore adorerait adora adorât
nous adorions adorerions adorâmes adorassions
vous adoriez adoreriez adorâtes adorassiez
ils adorent adoreraient adorèrent adorassent

The imperative form of adorer is the last conjugation that you may use from time to time. This is also a verb mood and it allows you to refrain from using the subject pronoun. For instance, instead of saying "tu adore," you can simply say "adore."

(tu) adore
(nous) adorons
(vous) adorez

More Ways to Express Love and Adoration in French

French is often called the language of love. While you are studying the conjugations of adorer, you might want to expand your vocabulary to include other French words for love. It's fun and a lesson that you're sure adorer.

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