Languages › French How to Conjugate the French Verb "Bénir" (to Bless) "Bless" Yourself By Learning the Conjugations of "Bénir" Share Flipboard Email Print Isabel Pavia/Getty Images French Grammar Pronunciation & Conversation Vocabulary Resources For Teachers By ThoughtCo Updated July 28, 2017 In order to say "to bless" in French, you will use the verb bénir. It's a simple word that will be a useful addition to your French vocabulary. When you want to say "blessed" or "blessing," a verb conjugation is necessary and this too is rather simple. It is important to note that using bénir to say "bless you" as we often do after someone sneezes is not entirely correct. Instead, use the phrase "À tes souhaits" which technically translates to "to your wishes." Conjugating the French Verb Bénir Bénir is a regular -ir verb. That means that it takes on the same endings as similar verbs like accomplir (to accomplish) and définir (to define). When you learn to recognize the verb conjugation pattern, it will make learning each new regular -ir verb just a little bit easier. The conjugations act just as they do in English. Where we use the -ing for present tense and -ed for past tense, French uses similar changes. In the present tense with an "I" subject, the -ir is replaced with -is, and with a "we" subject it becomes an -issons ending. Because it changes with the subject pronoun, you do have more conjugations to memorize. That is why recognizing patterns is going to be key to your studies. Using the chart, pair the subject with the present, future, or past (imperfect) tense. For instance, "I bless" is "je bénis" and "we will bless" is "nous bénirons." Subject Present Future Imperfect je bénis bénirai bénissais tu bénis béniras bénissais il bénit bénira bénissait nous bénissons bénirons bénissions vous bénissez bénirez bénissiez ils bénissent béniront bénissaient The Present Participle of Bénir When you change the -ir ending of bénir to -ant, you have the present participle of bénissant. This is not just a verb, either. In the right context, bénissant can also be an adjective, gerund, or noun. The Past Participle of Bénir The passé composé is a more common form of the past tense than the imperfect. It expresses "blessed" by combining an auxiliary verb (avoir) with the past participle of béni. To put the passé composé together and say "I blessed," you will use "j'ai béni." Likewise, "we blessed" is "nous avons béni." Take note that ai and avons are conjugates of avoir. More Simple Conjugations for Bénir At times, you may find any of the following verb forms useful in French conversations and writing. The subjunctive and conditional imply a degree of uncertainty to the action of blessing and they're used frequently. In contrast, the passé simple and imperfect subjunctive are often reserved for formal writing. Subject Subjunctive Conditional Passé Simple Imperfect Subjunctive je bénisse bénirais bénis bénisse tu bénisses bénirais bénis bénisses il bénisse bénirait bénit bénît nous bénissions bénirions bénîmes bénissions vous bénissiez béniriez bénîtes bénissiez ils bénissent béniraient bénirent bénissent The imperative is a useful verb form and it's incredibly easy. When using it in short, assertive commands and requests, you can drop the subject pronoun. Instead of "tu bénis," simplify it to "bénis." Imperative (tu) bénis (nous) bénissons (vous) bénissez Learn to Conjugate the French Verb "Nettoyer" Learn How "Grossir" Is Conjugated in French Learn How to Conjugate "to Travel" in French Don't "Remove" "Enlever" From Your French Conjugation List How to Conjugate the French Verb "Promener" (to Walk) "Snuff Out" the French Conjugations of "Éteindre" The French Verb Conjugation Lesson Will Not "Burn" You How to Conjugate the Verb "Jouir" (to Enjoy) in French Learn How to Conjugate "Remplir" (to Fill) in French Learn How to Conjugate "Obéir" (to Obey) in French Conjugating "Lever" (Lift, Raise) The Conjugations of "Pluerer" (to Cry) in French How to Conjugate Chérir in French Learn to Conjugate the French Verb "Tuer" (to Kill) Does "Causer" Mean "to Cause" or "to Chat" in French? Take "Blanchir" From "to Bleach" to "Bleaching"