How to Conjugate 'Brosser' (to Brush)

Simple Conjugations for the French Verb 'Brosser'

The French verb brosser means "to brush." To say "I brush my teeth" or "She is brushing her hair," you would use the reflexive se brosser. (Je me brosse les dents and Elle se brosse les cheveux.) Brosser is a regular -er verb.

How to Conjugate the French Verb Brosser

Like any regular -er verb, you start conjugating brosser by determining the stem. The stem is bross- (the infinitive minus -er), and you complete the conjugation by adding the ending that matches the subject pronoun and tense you're using.

These charts will guide you to choosing the proper ending.

 

Present

Future

Imperfect

Present participle

je

brossebrosseraibrossaisbrossant
tu

brosses

brosseras

brossais

 
ilbrossebrosserabrossait 
nousbrossonsbrosseronsbrossions 
vousbrossezbrosserezbrossiez 
ilsbrossentbrosserontbrossaient 

 

 Subjunctive

Conditional

Passé simple

Imperfect subjunctive

jebrossebrosseraisbrossaibrossasse

tu

brossesbrosseraisbrossasbrossasses

il

brossebrosseraitbrossabrossât
nousbrossionsbrosserionsbrossâmesbrossassions
vousbrossiezbrosseriezbrossâtesbrossassiez
ilsbrossentbrosseraientbrossèrentbrossassent

 

Imperative 

(tu)

brosse
(nous)brossons

(vous)

brossez

 

How to Use Brosser in the Past Tense

To say you brushed something, you'll most likely use the passé composé. Brosser uses the auxiliary verb avoir and its past participle is brossé. However, whenever you're constructing the passé composé with a reflexive verb, the auxiliary verb is être.

For example:

Je me suis brossé les dents.
I brushed my teeth.

Il a brossé le chat.
He brushed the cat.