How to Conjugate "Ajouter" (to Add)

"Add" the French "Ajouter" to Your Verb Conjugations

Add the French verb ajouter to your vocabulary list. Meaning "to add," ajouter is a very useful word and students will be happy to know that it's a relatively easy verb conjugation.

Conjugating the French Verb  Ajouter

Ajouter is a regular -er verb. It follows the same verb conjugation pattern as similar words such as amuser (to amuse) and admirer (to admire). That means that once you learn one, the others are even easier.

Conjugating French verbs is necessary because it ensures that our sentences make sense. Just as we add an -ed or -ing ending to English verbs to change from the past to present tense, the endings of French verbs change as well.

Yet, in French, we must also take into account the subject pronoun. When you are speaking about j' (I), you will use a different form of ajouter than when speaking about nous (we).

Using this chart, you can quickly find the appropriate conjugation for ajouter. For example, "I add" is "j'ajoute" and "we will add" is "nous ajouterons."

SubjectPresentFutureImperfect
j'ajouteajouteraiajoutais
tuajoutesajouterasajoutais
ilajouteajouteraajoutait
nousajoutonsajouteronsajoutions
vousajoutezajouterezajoutiez
ilsajoutentajouterontajoutaient

Ajouter's Present Participle

Changing ajouter to the present participle is easy as well. Simply replace the -er ending with -ant and you have ajoutant.

This can be used as a verb, though it also works as an adjective, gerund, or noun.

Ajouter in the Passé Composé

A common French form of the past tense is passé composé. This requires an auxiliary verb, which in this case is avoir and it needs to be conjugated. The other requirement is the past participle and for ajouter, this is ajouté.

With those two elements, you can complete the passé composé. To say "I added," it would be "j'ai ajouté." Likewise, "we added" is "nous avons ajouté."

More Conjugations for Ajouter

French students will want to concentrate on the present, future, and passé composé forms of ajouter. There may be some circumstances, however, when you will need one of the following conjugations.

You will use the subjunctive and the conditional when the action of adding has some ambiguity. The passé simple and imperfect subjunctive are primarily used for formal writing in French.

SubjectSubjunctiveConditionalPassé SimpleImperfect Subjunctive
j'ajouteajouteraisajoutaiajoutasse
tuajoutesajouteraisajoutasajoutasses
ilajouteajouteraitajoutaajoutât
nousajoutionsajouterionsajoutâmesajoutassions
vousajoutiezajouteriezajoutâtesajoutassiez
ilsajoutentajouteraientajoutèrentajoutassent

As you learn more conversational French, you might also find a need to use ajouter in the imperative form. When doing this, you do not have to use the subject pronoun: rather than "tu ajoute," you can use "ajoute."

 Imperative
(tu)ajoute
(nous)ajoutons
(vous)ajoutez
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