How to Conjugate 'Bâtir' (to Build) in French

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The French verb bâtir means "to build." It's a regular -ir verb, so learning to conjugate it is relatively simple.

How to Conjugate the French Verb Bâtir

Determining the stem of a regular -ir verb is as simple as cutting the -ir off the infinitive (bât-). To conjugate, it, add the regular-ir-verb ending associated with the subject pronoun (je, tu, il/elle, nous, vous, ils/elles). These charts will help you learn how to conjugate bâtir.

Present Future Imperfect Present participle
je bâtis bâtirai bâtissais bâtissant
tu bâtis bâtiras bâtissais
il bâtit bâtira bâtissait
nous bâtissons bâtirons bâtissions
vous bâtissez bâtirez bâtissiez
ils bâtissent bâtiront bâtissaient
Subjunctive Conditional Passé simple Imperfect subjunctive
je bâtisse bâtirais bâtis bâtisse
tu bâtisses bâtirais bâtis bâtisses
il bâtisse bâtirait bâtit bâtît
nous bâtissions bâtirions bâtîmes bâtissions
vous bâtissiez bâtiriez bâtîtes bâtissiez
ils bâtissent bâtiraient bâtirent bâtissent
(tu) bâtis
(nous) bâtissons
(vous) bâtissez

How to Use Bâtir in the Past Tense

To say you built something, you'd likely use the passé composé. Bâtir uses the auxiliary verb avoir and the past participle is bâti.

For example:

Elles ont bâti une maison du cartes. 
They built a house of cards.

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