Languages › French How to Conjugate the Verb "Aider" (to Help) Share Flipboard Email Print French Grammar Pronunciation & Conversation Vocabulary Resources For Teachers by ThoughtCo Updated November 04, 2019 French students will be delighted to learn that aider is an easy verb to conjugate. This is a regular verb that follows a specific pattern, so changing it to match the subject and tense is relatively easy. Aider is the French verb for "to help." This is easy to remember because "aid" is found inside the French word. With that said, this French lesson promises to be a quick one. Conjugating the French Verb Aider We conjugate verbs in English as well, just not to the extent that other languages do. In French, changing the verb to indicate and support the subject pronoun—the j', tu, il, nous, etc.—as well as the tense is necessary. With a regular -er verb like aider, this is easy. That is because these verbs change the endings in similar ways to one another. Once you learn how to conjugate aider, doing so with a verb like accepter is performed in the same manner. Use this chart to learn the various forms of aider. It will change according to whom you are speaking of as well as the tense. For instance, to say "I help" in French, you would say "j'aide" or for "we will help," you will use "nous aiderons." Subject Present Future Imperfect j' aide aiderai aidais tu aides aideras aidais il aide aidera aidait nous aidons aiderons aidions vous aidez aiderez aidiez ils aident aideront aidaient The Present Participle of Aider Aider can be transformed using the present participle for uses beyond a verb. In this form, it can also be an adjective, gerund, or noun. To do so, you must use present participle, which is aidant. The Common Past Tense of Aider It is very common in French to use the passé composé for the past tense. This is an even easier conjugation than the imperfect. No matter your subject, you can use passé composé with an auxiliary verb to express having "helped" in the past. For agir, the auxiliary verb is avoir. You will also need the past participle for aider, which is aidé. This means that when you want to say "I helped," you can use the French "j'ai aidé." To say "we helped," it would simply be "nous avons aidé." It's important to note that the "ai" and "avons" in these examples are conjugates of the auxiliary verb avoir. More Conjugations for Aider There are other conjugations which you may use at times, though those above are the most important forms of aider. The following table will give you the subjunctive—a form of uncertainty—as well as the conditional verb forms. You will also find the passé simple and imperfect subjunctive forms. Both of these are used in formal writing. Subject Subjunctive Conditional Passé Simple Imperfect Subjunctive j' aide aiderais aidai aidasse tu aides aiderais aidas aidasses il aide aiderait aida aidât nous aidions aiderions aidâmes aidassions vous aidiez aideriez aidâtes aidassiez ils aident aideraient aidèrent aidassent You will need to know one last conjugation for aider and that is the imperative form. This is used for commands or requests, which are common uses for aider, so this is important to study. For the imperative, there is no need to use the subject pronoun as the imperative verb implies the "who." For example, instead of saying "il aide le" to say "help him," you would simply say "aide le." It's short and to the point, exactly what you need when you need help. Imperative (tu) aide (nous) aidons (vous) aidez Continue Reading How to Conjugate the French Verb "Durer" (to Last) Learn How to Conjugate "Nager" (to Swim) in French "Try" Your Best to Conjugate "Essayer" Do You Know How to Say "Heated" in French? You'll "Pick Up" the "Cueillir" Conjugations Before You Know It Does "Causer" Mean "to Cause" or "to Chat" in French? Simple Conjugations for the French Verb "Appeler" You'll "Shine" at Conjugating the French Verb "Briller" Learn How to Conjugate the French Verb "Réfléchir" (to Reflect) How Would You Conjugation "Augmenter"? You're Going to "Conquer" This French Verb Conjugation Did You Realize How Easy It Is to Conjugate "Agir" in French? Learn How to Properly Say "to Bathe" in French How to Conjugate "Ranger" (to Arrange) in French How to Conjugate Chérir in French How Would You Conjugate "Élever" (to Raise) in French?