Languages › French How to Conjugate "Blanchir" (to Bleach) Simple Conjugations for the French Verb "Blanchir" Share Flipboard Email Print Image Source/Getty Images French Grammar Pronunciation & Conversation Vocabulary Resources For Teachers By ThoughtCo Updated July 28, 2017 The French verb blanchir means to "to bleach" or "to whiten." This should be an easy one to remember if you recall that blanc is French for the color "white." Conjugating the French Verb Blanchir French verbs are conjugated in order to change them to fit a particular tense as well as the subject. For blanchir, you will conjugate it when you need to say "bleached" or "bleaching." This is done in a similar manner to English in that the ending of the verb is changed. Blanchir is a regular -IR verb and it follows the verb conjugation pattern of similar words. If you learn how to conjugate blanchir, you can apply these same endings to bénir (to bless), définir (to define), and many other verbs. When you want to say "I bleach," use the chart to match the subject pronoun (I or je) with the present tense. This gives you the French "je blanchis." Likewise, "we will whiten" is "nous blanchirons." Subject Present Future Imperfect je blanchis blanchirai blanchissais tu blanchis blanchiras blanchissais il blanchit blanchira blanchissait nous blanchissons blanchirons blanchissions vous blanchissez blanchirez blanchissiez ils blanchissent blanchiront blanchissaient Blanchir's Present Participle The present participle of blanchir is blanchissant. This acts not only as a verb, but can also be used in the form of an adjective, gerund, or noun when necessary. The Past Participle and Passé Composé The passé composé is a form of the past tense that is in frequent use. To create this, you need to conjugate the auxiliary verb avoir and add the past participle blanchi. For example, to say "I bleached," use "j'ai blanchi." Similarly, "we bleached" is "nous avons blanchi." More Simple Conjugations of Blanchir For the most part, you can concentrate on the present, past, and future tenses of blanchir as they are the most important. Yet, as you learn more French and use it with greater frequency, you might find these other forms useful. The subjunctive and conditional are used when the verb is subjective, uncertain, or dependent upon circumstances. The passé composé and imperfect subjunctive tend to be reserved for formal writing. Subject Subjunctive Conditional Passé Simple Imperfect Subjunctive je blanchisse blanchirais blanchis blanchisse tu blanchisses blanchirais blanchis blanchisses il blanchisse blanchirait blanchit blanchît nous blanchissions blanchirions blanchîmes blanchissions vous blanchissiez blanchiriez blanchîtes blanchissiez ils blanchissent blanchiraient blanchirent blanchissent The imperative form of blanchir is used in short sentences, often as commands or requests. When using it, there's no need to use the subject pronoun. Rather than use "tu blanchis, you can simplify it to "blanchis." Imperative (tu) blanchis (nous) blanchissons (vous) blanchissez Cite this Article Format mla apa chicago Your Citation ThoughtCo. "How to Conjugate "Blanchir" (to Bleach)." ThoughtCo, Aug. 27, 2020, thoughtco.com/blanchir-to-bleach-whiten-1369882. ThoughtCo. (2020, August 27). How to Conjugate "Blanchir" (to Bleach). Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/blanchir-to-bleach-whiten-1369882 ThoughtCo. "How to Conjugate "Blanchir" (to Bleach)." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/blanchir-to-bleach-whiten-1369882 (accessed March 1, 2021). copy citation How to Conjugate the French Verb "Bénir" (to Bless) How to Conjugate "Lever" in French How to Conjugate "Jouir" (to Enjoy) in French How to Conjugate "Cuisiner" (to Cook) How to Conjugate the French Verb "Nager" (to Swim) How to Conjugate "Détendre" (to Release, Slacken, Loosen) Conjugating the French Verb "Causer" A Step-By-Steo Conjugation of "Maintenir" (To Maintain) How to Conjugate the French Verb Découvrir How to Conjugate "Désirer" (to Desire) How to Conjugate "Écouter" (to Listen to) in French How to Conjugate "Crier" (to Shout, to Scream) in French How to Conjugate "Cacher" (to Hide) How to Conjugate "Brûler" (to Burn) How to Conjugate "Endormir" (To Put/Send to Sleep) in French How to Conjugate "Élire" (to Elect"