Languages › French How to Conjugate "Appuyer" (to Support or to Lean On) Share Flipboard Email Print Tom Merton/Getty Images French Grammar Pronunciation & Conversation Vocabulary Resources For Teachers by ThoughtCo Updated November 04, 2019 The French verb for "to lean on" or "to support" is appuyer. In order to use appuyer in the present, future, or past tense, it must be conjugated. French students will find this one to be a little tricky because it is a stem-changing verb. Note that pencher is the French verb that means "to lean" as in to bend down or over. This follows the regular -er verb conjugation pattern. Conjugating the French Verb Appuyer In order to use appuyer in the way you would say "leaned" or "leaning," we need to change its ending. Appuyer is a stem-changing verb because it has a 'Y' before the -er. You will notice in the conjugations that in front an 'E' the 'Y' becomes an 'I.' Beyond that stem change, the conjugation of appuyer is very similar to other -er verbs. To conjugate it using the chart, simply pair the subject pronoun with the appropriate tense. For instance, "I support" is "j'appuie." and "we will lean on" is "nous appuierons." Subject Present Future Imperfect j' appuie appuierai appuyais tu appuies appuieras appuyais il appuie appuiera appuyait nous appuyons appuierons appuyions vous appuyez appuierez appuyiez ils appuient appuieront appuyaient The Versatile Present Participle of Appuyer Appuyer uses the present participle appuyant. This can be used as a verb, but can also take the form of an adjective, gerund, or noun in the right context. Using Appuyer in the Past Tense The imperfect past tense is useful to know, but a more common form of the past tense in French is passé composé. For this conjugation, you will use the past participle appuyé and conjugate the auxiliary verb avoir. For instance, "I supported" is "j'ai appuyé." There's no need to change the past participle with a subject change, just the conjugation of avoir. Therefore, "we leaned on" is "nous avons appuyé." More Conjugations for Appuyer As you speak more French, you might find the subjunctive and conditional forms of appuyer useful. These have a certain level of ambiguity implied within them. The passé simple and imperfect subjunctive have a rare use. They are primarily reserved for formal writing. Subject Subjunctive Conditional Passé Simple Imperfect Subjunctive j' appuie appuierais appuyai appuyasse tu appuies appuierais appuyas appuyasses il appuie appuierait appuya appuyât nous appuyions appuierions appuyâmes appuyassions vous appuyiez appuieriez appuyâtes appuyassiez ils appuient appuieraient appuyèrent appuyassent The imperative form of appuyer is good to know as well. It's used to form short, often assertive sentences that command or request an action. When using the imperative, skip the subject pronoun and use, for instance, appuie alone. Imperative (tu) appuie (nous) appuyons (vous) appuyez Continue Reading Don't "Remove" "Enlever" From Your French Conjugation List How Do You Conjugate "Visiter" (to Visit) in French? "Try" Your Best to Conjugate "Essayer" How to Conjugate the French Verb "Durer" (to Last) "Shout" for Joy That Conjugating "Crier" Is Easy Conjugating "Lever" (Lift, Raise) Conjugating "Ennuyer" Is Anything But Boring How to Conjugate "Valoir" (to Value) in French How Do You Conjugate "Fuir" (to Flee) in French? How Would You "Announce" a Conjugation of "Annoncer"? Learn to Conjugate "Répondre" (to Answer) in French Do You Know How to Say "Heated" in French? You'll "Pick Up" the "Cueillir" Conjugations Before You Know It Learn to Say "I Influenced" in French Using "Influencer" How Would You Conjugate "Élever" (to Raise) in French? Simple Conjugations for the French Verb "Appeler"