Languages › French A Guide to the Compound Conjugations of Avoir The verb avoir means to have Share Flipboard Email Print Thomas Pollin / Getty Images French Grammar Pronunciation & Conversation Vocabulary Resources For Teachers By ThoughtCo Updated February 01, 2019 The verb "avoir" (to have) is one of the main irregular verbs in French. Like the other irregular verbs, the conjugation of avoir doesn't follow the same patterns as other verbs, so getting a handle the proper use of this verb requires a fair amount of memorization. There are two kinds of conjugations in French: simple and compound. Here are the compound tenses (and conjugations) of the verb avoir, which are generally used to describe something in the past tense. Passé composé Pluperfect Past subjunctive j' ai eu avais eu aie eu tu as eu avais eu aies eu il a eu avait eu ait eu nous avons eu avions eu ayons eu vous avez eu aviez eu ayez eu ils ont eu avaient eu aient eu Future perfect Conditional perfect Pluperfect subjunctive j' aurai eu aurais eu eusse eu tu auras eu aurais eu eusses eu il aura eu aurait eu eût eu nous aurons eu aurions eu eussions eu vous aurez eu auriez eu eussiez eu ils auront eu auraient eu eussent eu Past anterior Conditional perfect, 2nd form j' eus eu eusse eu tu eus eu eusses eu il eut eu eût eu nous eûmes eu eussions eu vous eûtes eu eussiez eu ils eurent eu eussent eu Past imperative Past infinitive Perfect participle tu aie eu avoir eu ayant eu nous ayons eu vous ayez eu Simple conjugations for the French verb préférer - to prefer Avoir: Conjugation of This Major Irregular French Verb How to Conjugate the French Verb 'Prévoir' How to Conjugate the French Verb 'Rejoindre' How Do You Conjugate the French Verb 'Couper' (to Cut)? How to Conjugate the French Verb 'Peindre' ('to Paint') The French Verb 'Joindre' ('to Join') Here's How to Conjugate "Paraître" (to Seem) in French Learn to Conjugate the French Verb "Nettoyer" How to Conjugate the Irregular French Verb 'Boire' Here's How to Say "Shared" and "Sharing" in French How to Conjugate the French Verb 'Chercher' (to Look For) Learn How to Say "Singing" and "Sang" in French How Do You Conjugate the French Verb 'Apporter' (to Bring)? Learn How to Conjugate "Rappeler" (to Call Back) in French How Do You Use the French Verb "Vivre" (to Live)?