Humanities Languages How to Conjugate "Appeler" (to Call) Share Flipboard Email Print Simon Jakubowski / EyeEm 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 September 28, 2018 In French, you will use the verb appeler when you want to say "to call." Yet, in order for the verb to make sense in a sentence, it needs to be conjugated. That is the subject of this lesson and by the end, you'll be conjugating appeler with ease. Conjugating the French Verb Appeler Appeler is a stem-changing verb. If you notice, in the nous and vous present tense as well as the imperfect, the "ll" changes back to the single "l" found in the original verb. Other than that minor difference, the conjugation of appeler is similar to regular -er verbs. In reality, this is one of the easier French verbs to conjugate and the chart will help you tremendously. It shows the verb form for the present, future, and imperfect past as well as the present participle. Simply match up the subject pronoun with the form of appeler and you're on your way to forming a complete sentence in French. For instance, to say "I call," you will say "j'appelle " and for "we will call," say "nous appelerons." Subject Present Future Imperfect j' appelle appellerai appelais tu appelles appelleras appelais il appelle appellera appelait nous appelons appellerons appelions vous appelez appellerez appeliez ils appellent appelleront appelaient Appeler's Present Participle The present participle of appeler is appelant. Beyond it's use as a verb for "calling," you might also use it as an adjective, gerund, or noun in certain circumstances. Another Past Tense for Appeler You can also use the passé composé for the past tense conjugation of appeler. You will need to use the verb's past participle of appelé along with the auxiliary verb, which is avoir in this case. For example, to say "I called," you will use "j'ai appelé." For "he called," you say "il a appelé" in French. The "ai" and "a" are conjugations of avoir. More Conjugations of Appeler You may not always need these forms of appeler, but they are good to know. The passé simple and imperfect subjunctive are used in formal writing, so unless you do that, they're not very important. Yet, you should be aware of the subjunctive and conditional forms of appeler, particularly as you learn more conversational French. The subjunctive will be used when the verb is uncertain or subjective. The conditional will be used when the verb is dependent upon circumstances. Subject Subjunctive Conditional Passé Simple Imperfect Subjunctive j' appelle appellerais appelai appelasse tu appelles appellerais appelas appelasses il appelle appellerait appela appelât nous appelions appellerions appelâmes appelassions vous appeliez appelleriez appelâtes appelassiez ils appellent appelleraient appelèrent appelassent Finally, we must discuss the imperative form of appeler. This is used for short, expressive sentences that have a request or demand. It's very useful for a verb like appeler. The primary difference here is that you do not need to use the subject pronoun because the verb takes care of it. For example, if you want someone to "Call me!" you will say "Appelle-moi!" rather than "Tu appelle-moi!" Imperative (tu) appelle (nous) appelons (vous) appelez Another Way "to Call" As you might imagine, appeler is just one piece in the French vocabulary for phone conversations. Of course, it can be used in other contexts such as "call out" or "call on" someone and neither has to do with a phone. For very specific phone calling, look to the verb téléphoner. Continue Reading Do You Know How to Conjugate "Accepter"? It's Easy! Learn How to Conjugate "Téléphoner" (to Call) in French Learning to Conjugate the French "Aider" Can Be Very "Helpful" Learn to Conjugate "Répondre" (to Answer) in French Learn How to Conjugate "Rappeler" (to Call Back) in French How to Conjugate the French Verb "Payer" (to Pay) Can You "Attain" Perfection in the Conjugates of "Accéder"? You Should Quickly "Pick Up" the Conjugations of "Attraper" You Can "Improve" Your French by Learning to Conjugate "Améliorer" How to Conjugate the French Verb "Promener" (to Walk) Do You Know How to Say "I Adore" in French? The Most "Amusing" French Conjugations Is "Amuser" Learn How to Conjugate "to Travel" in French How to Conjugate the French Verb "Rester" (to Stay) Do You Know How to Conjugate "Aboyer"? How to Conjugate the French Verb "Détester"