A Step-By-Step Guide to Conjugating 'Arriver' (to Arrive)

Simple Conjugations for the French Verb 'Arriver'

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The French verb arriver means "to arrive" and is a regular -er verb. The conjugation pattern is easy to follow.

How to Conjugate the French Verb Arriver

To conjugate a regular -er verb, you remove the -er from the infinitive to get the stem (arriv-) and add the ending that matches the subject pronoun and the tense you want to use. 

Present Future Imperfect Present participle
j' arrive arriverai arrivais arrivant
tu arrives arriveras arrivais
il arrive arrivera arrivait
nous arrivons arriverons arrivions
vous arrivez arriverez arriviez
ils arrivent arriveront arrivaient
Subjunctive Conditional Passé simple Imperfect subjunctive
j' arrive arriverais arrivai arrivasse
tu arrives arriverais arrivas arrivasses
il arrive arriverait arriva arrivât
nous arrivions arriverions arrivâmes arrivassions
vous arriviez arriveriez arrivâtes arrivassiez
ils arrivent arriveraient arrivèrent arrivassent
Imperative
(tu) arrive
(nous) arrivons
(vous) arrivez

How to Use Arriver in the Past Tense

While the passé composé is a compound tense, it's important to go over, as it's the typical way to use the past tense. To form it, you have to know which auxiliary verb to use and a verb's past participle. For arriver, the auxiliary verb is être and the past participle is arrivé

For example:

Vous êtes arrivé trop tard.
You arrived too late.

Il est arrivé avec sa soeur.
He arrived with his sister.