How to Conjugate the French "Amener" (to Bring, Take)

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When learning French, you will often need to use the verb amener which means "to take" or "to bring." This is used in the context of "take the dog to the park" or something similar. This is a relatively easy French lesson to follow and good practice for conjugating a stem-changing verb.

How to Conjugate the French Verb Amener

To conjugate a verb means to adapt it to match the subject pronoun you are speaking about. We do the same thing in English, though the conjugations are often simple such as using "takes" instead of "take."

Each verb form for amener is slightly different depending on subject. Pronouns like I, you, he, or we each have their own translation in French -- j', tu, il, nous, etc.

It's also important to know that amener is a stem-changing verb. This means that conjugating the verb uses the same endings as regular -er verbs. That makes this a very easy conjugation.

Study this chart to learn how to conjugate this verb in French. It tells you which form to use with each subject and in each tense. For example, to say "I bring," you will say "j'amène." To say "we will bring," you will say "nous amènerez."

Subject Present Future Imperfect
j' amène amènerai amenais
tu amènes amèneras amenais
il amène amènera amenait
nous amenons amènerons amenions
vous amenez amènerez ameniez
ils amènent amèneront amenaient

Amener and the Present Participle

The present participle of amener is amenant. The -ant ending is similar to the -ing we use in English, which makes the verb mean "bringing" or "taking." This verb form is quite resourceful as it can also be an adjective, gerund, or even a noun in the right context.

Amener in the Past Tense

Passé composé is the most common form of past tense in the French language. When you want to say that you brought or took something, you will need to add the appropriate auxiliary verb. In the case of amener, that is avoir.

We're not quite done, though, because you will also need the past participle of the verb to complete the phrase. For amener, that is simply amené. That is used no matter the subject pronoun.

Now that we know all the pieces for the past tense, let's put it to use. To say "I brought" in French, you will say "j'ai amené." In this case, ai is the conjugate for that "helping" or auxiliary verb, avoir.

More Conjugations of Amener

Those are the simple conjugations of amener and ones that you will use quite often. There are other forms of this verb that you may or may not need, but it's good to be aware of them.

The subjunctive refers to a verb mood expressing that something is uncertain. The conditional is another verb mood that is used when the action might happen under certain conditions.

The passé simple and imperfect subjunctive forms are used in formal writing. Unless you're learning how to write properly in French, it's not likely that you will use them.

Subject Subjunctive Conditional Passé Simple Imperfect Subjunctive
j' amène amènerais amenai amenasse
tu amènes amènerais amenas amenasses
il amène amènerait amena amenât
nous amenions amènerions amenâmes amenassions
vous ameniez amèneriez amenâtes amenassiez
ils amènent amèneraient amenèrent amenassent

Here's where things can get a bit confusing when conjugating French verbs. The imperative form is another verb mood used to request, give, or make a request.

The primary difference here is that you will not use the subject pronoun. Instead, you simply use the imperative verb form. For example, instead of saying "tu amène" you can simply say "amène."

(tu) amène
(nous) amenons
(vous) amenez

Other Verbs Meaning "To Take"

In English, we use the word "take" in many contexts. There is no single "to take" word in French. As with many languages, French uses a few verbs to indicate the different meanings of "to take." 

Where amener is more like "to bring," accepter means "to accept." The verb for actually "taking" something is prendre. It's a good idea to study all of these at once so you know when to use each.

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