Humanities › Languages How to Conjugate "Allmer" (to Light) "Light" Up Your French With Proper "Allumer" Conjugations Share Flipboard Email Print Alexander W Helin/Getty Images Languages French Grammar Basics Pronunciation & Conversation Vocabulary Resources for Teachers English as a Second Language Spanish German Italian Japanese Mandarin Russian English Grammar View More by ThoughtCo Updated July 27, 2017 How would you say "light" in French? If you're using the word as a noun, it is la lumière or la lampe. Yet, if you want to say "to light" something, you need the verb allumer. As with all French verbs, however, we must learn to conjugate allumer. As this is a regular verb, it is a relatively easy one to work with and a quick lesson will show you how. Conjugating the French Verb Allumer Allumer is a regular -ER verb. It will follow the same pattern changes as similar verbs, which makes learning these a little faster once you can recognize the pattern. To use this conjugation chart, simply match the subject pronoun you need to the present, future, or imperfect past tense. For instance, "I light" is "j'allume" and "we will light" is "nous allumerons." Subject Present Future Imperfect j' allume allumerai allumais tu allumes allumeras allumais il allume allumera allumait nous allumons allumerons allumions vous allumez allumerez allumiez ils allument allumeront allumaient What Is the Present Participle of Allumer? The present participle of allumer is allumant. If you notice, we simply replaced the -er ending with -ant, which is equivalent to the English -ing. Beyond the verb, allumant can also become an adjective, gerund, or noun when necessary. What Is the Passé Composé of Allumer? Rather than use the imperfect for the past tense, it's common in French to use the passé composé. You will conjugate the auxiliary verb avoir and use the past participle allumé along with the subject pronoun. For instance, "I lit" is "j'ai allumé" and "we lit" is "nouse avons allumé." You should note that ai and avons are conjugates of avoir. More Conjugations of Allumer From time to time, you may need to use one of the following conjugations of allumer. The rarest of them are the passé simple and imperfect subjunctive, which are utilized most often in formal writing. The subjunctive and conditional are more common and both suggest a degree of ambiguity to the action of the verb. The subjunctive is for those times when the verb is uncertain. The conditional for the times when it may or may not happen. Subject Subjunctive Conditional Passé Simple Imperfect Subjunctive j' allume allumerais allumai allumasse tu allumes allumerais allumas allumasses il allume allumerait alluma allumât nous allumions allumerions allumâmes allumassions vous allumiez allumeriez allumâtes allumassiez ils allument allumeraient allumèrent allumassent You can use the imperative form to express short, direct commands or requests. When doing so, there is no need to use the subject pronoun as it is implied with the form of allumer. Instead of "nous allumons," you can simplify it to "allumons." Imperative (tu) allume (nous) allumons (vous) allumez Continue Reading You Will Be "Attracted" to the French Verb "Attirer" "Complete" a Simple Lesson in French Verb Conjugations Learn How to Say "Confided" or "Confiding" in French When You Want "to Support" in French Use "Appuyer" "Concentrate" on the French Conjugation of "Concentrer" You'll "Land" the "Débarquer" Verb Conjugations in No Time How Would You Conjugate "Exister" in French? "Spend" Some Time Learning to Conjugate "Dépenser" in French You Won't "Hurt" Yourself Conjugating "Blesser" The French Verb Conjugation Lesson Will Not "Burn" You "Teach" Yourself How to Conjugate "Enseigner" Let's "Chat" About Conjugating "Bavarder" Do You Know How to Say "Heated" in French? How Do You Conjugate "Maintenir" (To Maintain) in French? How Is "Marier" (to Marry) Conjugated in French? Learn How to "Create" French Conjugations of "Créer"