Languages › French How to Conjugate 'Chercher' (to Look For) Simple Conjugations for the French Verb 'Chercher' Share Flipboard Email Print French Grammar Pronunciation & Conversation Vocabulary Resources For Teachers By ThoughtCo Updated February 14, 2020 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. How to Conjugate 'Commander' (to Order) How to Conjugate 'Bâtir' (to Build) in French A Guide to Conjugating 'Apprécier' (to Appreciate) A Guide to Conjugating 'Apporter' (to Bring) How to Conjugate 'Coûter' (to Cost) How to Conjugate 'Continuer' (to Continue) How to Conjugate 'Prévoir' (to Foresee; to Plan) A Guide to Conjugating the French Verb 'Chanter' (to Sing) A Guide to Conjugating the French Verb 'Couper' (to Cut) How to Conjugate 'Célébrer' (to Celebrate) A Step-By-Step Guide to Conjugating 'Arriver' (to Arrive) Conjugating "Arrêter" (to Stop; to Arrest) How to Conjugate 'Changer' (to Change) How to Conjugate 'Brosser' (to Brush) Conjugations for the French Verb 'Assister' How to Conjugate the French Verb "Nettoyer"