How to Conjugate 'Chercher' (to Look For)

Simple Conjugations for the French Verb 'Chercher'

The French verb chercher means "to search for." It is a regular -er verb, so learning to conjugate it is pretty simple.

How to Conjugate the French Verb Chercher

To conjugate a French verb, you start by determining the stem. In this case, you drop the -er from the infinitive: cherch-. You then add the ending associated with the subject pronoun (je, tu, il/elle, nous, vous, ils/elles) and the tense you're using. These charts will help you memorize the conjugation pattern for chercher.

Present Future Imperfect Present participle
je cherche chercherai cherchais cherchant
tu cherches chercheras cherchais
il cherche cherchera cherchait
nous cherchons chercherons cherchions
vous cherchez chercherez cherchiez
ils cherchent chercheront cherchaient
Subjunctive Conditional Passé simple Imperfect subjunctive
je cherche chercherais cherchai cherchasse
tu cherches chercherais cherchas cherchasses
il cherche chercherait chercha cherchât
nous cherchions chercherions cherchâmes cherchassions
vous cherchiez chercheriez cherchâtes cherchassiez
ils cherchent chercheraient cherchèrent cherchassent
Imperative
(tu) cherche
(nous) cherchons
(vous) cherchez

How to Use Chercher in the Past Tense

Though this is a lesson on simple conjugations, it's important to touch on the passé composé. It's a compound tense, but it's also the most common way to use a verb in the past tense. To use chercher in the passé composé, you use the auxiliary verb avoir and the past participle cherché.

For example:

Il a cherché les chaussures, mais il ne leurs ai trouvé pas.
He looked for the shoes, but he did not find them.