A Guide to Conjugating the French Verb 'Chanter' (to Sing)

Simple Conjugations for the French Verb 'Chanter'

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The French verb chanter means "to sing." It's a regular -er verb, so it follows an easy-to-remember conjugation pattern. 

How to Conjugate the French Verb Chanter

To conjugate a regular -er verb, you remove -er from the infinitive (leaving the stem chant-) and add the ending that goes with the subject pronoun and tense you're using. This chart will help you learn how to conjugate chanter.

Present Future Imperfect Present participle
je chante chanterai chantais chantant
tu chantes chanteras chantais
il chante chantera chantait
nous chantons chanterons chantions
vous chantez chanterez chantiez
ils chantent chanteront chantaient
Subjunctive Conditional Passé simple Imperfect subjunctive
je chante chanterais chantai chantasse
tu chantes chanterais chantas chantasses
il chante chanterait chanta chantât
nous chantions chanterions chantâmes chantassions
vous chantiez chanteriez chantâtes chantassiez
ils chantent chanteraient chantèrent chantassent
Imperative
(tu) chante
(nous) chantons
(vous) chantez

How to Use Chanter in the Past Tense

To use chanter in the past tense, you'll probably use the passé composé. The auxiliary verb for chanter if avoir and the past participle is chanté.

For example:

Il a chanté très bien.
He sang very well.