Languages › French How to Conjugate "Attirer" (to Attract) You Will Be "Attracted" to the French Verb "Attirer" Share Flipboard Email Print French Grammar Pronunciation & Conversation Vocabulary Resources For Teachers by ThoughtCo Updated January 27, 2019 In French, attirer is a verb that means "to attract." It's an interesting correlation to "attire" as in clothing because we often dress in order to be attractive. That makes it easy to remember, yet, the noun for "attire" is la tenue. Conjugating the French Verb Attirer A verb conjugation is necessary to correctly use the equivalent of "attracted" or "attracting" in French. It's a bit more complex than in English because the endings change with both the subject pronoun and the tense of the sentence. Attirer is a regular -ER verb and that makes the verb conjugation easier. This is because you can learn these forms then use the same endings for similar verbs such as attacher (to attach) or allumer (to light). When using the chart, pair the subject pronoun -- the j', tu, nous, etc. -- with the present, future, or imperfect past tense form of the verb. For instance, "I attract" is "j'attire" and "we will attract" is "nous attirerons." Subject Present Future Imperfect j' attire attirerai attirais tu attires attireras attirais il attire attirera attirait nous attirons attirerons attirions vous attirez attirerez attiriez ils attirent attireront attiraient The Present Participle of Attirer To change attirer to the present participle, change the -er to -ant. This gives you attirant. It is a verb and, when needed, can also be an adjective, gerund, or noun. The Past Participle of Attirer Rather than use the imperfect past tense, you can opt for the more common passé composé to express "attracted." To do this, you will need to conjugate the auxiliary verb avoir, then use the past participle of attiré. As an example, to say "we attracted" in French, you will use "nous avons attiré." Similarly, "I attracted" is "j'ai attiré." The avons and ai are the past tense conjugates of avoir that are changed by the subject. More Conjugations of Attirer When you're just learning French, you can concentrate on the present, future, and passé composé of attirer. These final forms are not as essential, but it is good to know what they are and how they are used. The subjunctive implies that the action is subjective or uncertain. The conditional form is for those times when the action is dependent on something else. It's likely that you will only come across the passé simple and imperfect subjunctive forms in formal French writing. Subject Subjunctive Conditional Passé Simple Imperfect Subjunctive j' attire attirerais attirai attirasse tu attires attirerais attiras attirasses il attire attirerait attira attirât nous attirions attirerions attirâmes attirassions vous attiriez attireriez attirâtes attirassiez ils attirent attireraient attirèrent attirassent There may also be times when you will want to use attirer in the imperative form. This will be in short and often assertive demands or requests. When using it, you can skip the subject pronoun. For instance, instead of "tu attire," use "attire." Imperative (tu) attire (nous) attirons (vous) attirez Continue Reading You'll Find a French Lesson on "Désirer" Quite "Desireable" "Embrace" the Lesson in Conjugating "Embrasser" in French Simple Conjugations for the French Verb "Appeler" Conjugate 'to Decide' Correctly in French to Be Fluent When You Want "to Support" in French Use "Appuyer" Learn to Conjugate the French Verb "Nettoyer" How to Conjugate the French Verb for Create How Would You Conjugate "Élever" (to Raise) in French? Learn How to Conjugate "to Travel" in French Let Us "Provide" You With a Simple "Fournir" Conjugation Lesson You'll "Shine" at Conjugating the French Verb "Briller" Will You "Admit" That Conjugating "Admettre" Is a Challenge? How to Conjugate the Verb "Jouir" (to Enjoy) in French Does "Causer" Mean "to Cause" or "to Chat" in French? How Would You Conjugation "Augmenter"? The French Verb "Donner" Has a Lot "To Give"