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 ImperfectPresent participle
jecherchechercheraicherchaischerchant
tuchercheschercherascherchais
ilcherchechercheracherchait
nouscherchonschercheronscherchions
vouscherchezchercherezcherchiez
ilscherchentchercherontcherchaient
 
 SubjunctiveConditionalPassé simpleImperfect subjunctive
jecherchechercheraischerchaicherchasse
tuchercheschercheraischerchascherchasses
ilcherchechercheraitcherchacherchât
nouscherchionschercherionscherchâmescherchassions
vouscherchiezchercheriezcherchâtescherchassiez
ilscherchentchercheraientcherchèrentcherchassent
 
 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.