Humanities Languages How to Conjugate "Cacher" (to Hide) Don't "Hide" From the French Verb "Cacher" Share Flipboard Email Print PeopleImages/Getty Images Languages French Grammar Basics Pronunciation & Conversation Vocabulary Resources for Teachers English as a Second Language Spanish German Italian Japanese Mandarin Russian English Grammar View More by ThoughtCo Updated July 28, 2017 When you want to say "to hide" in French, use the word cacher. This is a pretty easy one to remember because we use "cache" all the time in English: the cache of your internet browser, geocaching, etc. Conjugating cacher into, say, the past tense is relatively easy as well. A simple change to the ending and you can say "I hid" or "we are hiding." A quick lesson in French will show you exactly how it's done. Conjugating the French Verb Cacher Cacher is a regular -ER verb, which means that it follows a common verb conjugation pattern. The endings for cacher change in the same way they do for brûler (to burn) or blesser (to hurt). This makes it easier for French students to learn others after memorizing the endings for one. Use the chart to learn the simple conjugations for cacher. Match the subject pronoun to the present, future, or imperfect past tense and you're on the way to completing a sentence. For instance, "I hide" is "je cache" and "we will hide" is "nous cacherons." Subject Present Future Imperfect je cache cacherai cachais tu caches cacheras cachais il cache cachera cachait nous cachons cacherons cachions vous cachez cacherez cachiez ils cachent cacheront cachaient The Present Participle of Cacher Change the -er to -ant and you will form the present participle cachant. This can be used as a verb, yet it also works as an adjective, gerund, or noun when needed. Another Past Tense of Cacher There is a lot to remember about the imperfect past tense, so you might find the passé composé a little easier to recall. This is a common way to express the past tense in French. To form it, conjugate the auxiliary verb avoir to match the subject. Then, add the past participle of caché to the end. For example, "I hid" is "j'ai caché" and "we hid" is "nous avons caché." More Simple Cacher Conjugations Beginning French students should concentrate on the present, past, and future tenses at first. As you progress, add these conjugations to your vocabulary as well. The subjunctive is used when the verb is uncertain. Likewise, the conditional verb form is used when the action may or may not happen, depending on the circumstances. You will primarily find and use the passé simple and imperfect subjunctive in formal writing. Subject Subjunctive Conditional Passé Simple Imperfect Subjunctive je cache cacherais cachai cachasse tu caches cacherais cachas cachasses il cache cacherait cacha cachât nous cachions cacherions cachâmes cachassions vous cachiez cacheriez cachâtes cachassiez ils cachent cacheraient cachèrent cachassent When you want to use cacher in short exclamations, use the imperative verb form. For this conjugation, there's no need to include the subject pronoun: use "cachons" rather than "nous cachons." Imperative (tu) cache (nous) cachons (vous) cachez Continue Reading The French Verb Conjugation Lesson Will Not "Burn" You "Concentrate" on the French Conjugation of "Concentrer" Congugation of "Jeter" in French You'll "Cherish" This Simple French Verb Conjugation, Mon Chéri Does "Causer" Mean "to Cause" or "to Chat" in French? Don't "Disobey" the Verb Conjugation Rules For "DéSobéir" Learn How to Say "Confided" or "Confiding" in French You Won't "Hurt" Yourself Conjugating "Blesser" "Decide" to Study the French Conjugations of "Décider" How Is "Marier" (to Marry) Conjugated in French? Anyone Can "Accomplish" the Conjugation for "Accomplir" Simple Conjugations for the French Verb "Appeler" "Include" the Verb "Inclure" in Your French Vocabulary How Do You Conjugate "Décrire" (to Describe) in French? Don't "Stop" With This Easy French Verb Conjugation Learn to Say "I Influenced" in French Using "Influencer"