Languages › French How to Conjugate "Augmenter" (to Increase, Raise, Rise) Share Flipboard Email Print martin-dm / Getty Images French Grammar Pronunciation & Conversation Vocabulary Resources For Teachers by ThoughtCo Updated June 18, 2019 Augmenter is a French verb that means "to increase," "to raise," or "to rise." It's a very useful word to know and it's a rather simple on to conjugate to fit the present, future, and past tenses. Follow along in this lesson to learn all these conjugations, including the past participle, subjunctive, and imperative forms of augmenter. Conjugating the French Verb Augmenter Verb conjugations are a little more complex in French than they are in English. We understand that an English verb with an -ed ending implies the past tense and an -ing is used for the present tense. In French, there are more endings to learn because the verb must match the subject pronoun as well. Augmenter is a regular -ER verb. In the conjugations, it follows a particular pattern for the new endings. These same transformations can be found in similar verbs like attraper (to pick up) and compléter (to complete), making these among the easiest to memorize. Using the chart, you can quickly figure out which verb form you need. Simply match the subject pronoun with the appropriate tense. For instance, "I increase" is "j'augmente" and "we will rise" is "nous augmenterons." Subject Present Future Imperfect j' augmente augmenterai augmentais tu augmentes augmenteras augmentais il augmente augmentera augmentait nous augmentons augmenterons augmentions vous augmentez augmenterez augmentiez ils augmentent augmenteront augmentaient The Present Participle of Augmenter The present participle of augmenter is augmentant. This is done with a simple change from the -er ending to an -ant ending. Not only is it a verb, but you can use it as an adjective, gerund, or noun in some circumstances. The Past Participle and Passé Composé The past participle of augmenter is augmenté. You will need this to form the commonly used past tense known as passé composé. To form the conjugations, use the appropriate form of avoir, which is an auxiliary, or "helping" verb. For example, "I rose" is "j'ai augmenté" and "we increased" is "nous avons augmenté." Notice how avoir has been conjugated to match the subject, but the same past participle is used in both phrases. More Augmenter Conjugations There may be times when you will need to use the following verb forms of augmenter. The subjunctive and conditional are rather common and imply a certain degree of uncertainty in the action. It's likely that you will only encounter the passé simple or imperfect subjunctive in formal writing. Yet, it's good to be able to recognize and associate these forms with augmenter. When using augmenter in imperative verb form, there is no need to include the subject pronoun. This is implied within the verb itself and these are used in short statements. Rather than "nous augmentons," you can say "augmentons." Continue Reading You'll "Shine" at Conjugating the French Verb "Briller" You Should Quickly "Pick Up" the Conjugations of "Attraper" "Embrace" the Lesson in Conjugating "Embrasser" in French Don't "Stop" With This Easy French Verb Conjugation You'll "Pick Up" the "Cueillir" Conjugations Before You Know It "Elect" to Learn How to Conjugate "Élire" in French Do You Know How to Say "Heated" in French? This Lesson "Contributes" to Your French Conjugations How Would You Conjugate "Louer" (to Rent)? "Shout" for Joy That Conjugating "Crier" Is Easy How Would You Conjugate "Exister" in French? You'll Need to Conjugate "Décrire" to Say "Described" in French How Would You Say "to Move" in French? How Do You Conjugate "Maintenir" (To Maintain) in French? Can You Say "Cooked" or "Cooking" Using the French "Cuisiner"? Don't Let Conjugating "Fâcher" Make You "Angry"