Conjugating the Regular French Verb 'Choisir' ('to Choose')

The conjugation adheres to patterns for all regular -ir verbs

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Choisir, "to choose, pick, decide," is conjugated as a regular French -ir verb. Regular verbs share conjugation patterns in person, number, tense and mood. Verbs with infinitives that end in -ir are the second largest category of regular French verbs, after French verbs ending in -er.

Generally speaking, there are five main kinds of verbs in French: regular -ir, -er, -re, stem-changing and irregular.

Once you've learned the rules of conjugation for regular verbs, you should have no problem conjugating them, and this holds true for the regular -ir verb choisir.

Conjugating Regular French '-ir' Verbs

To conjugate choisir and all other regular -ir verbs, remove the infinitive ending (-ir) to find the stem (also called the "radical"), then add the appropriate simple conjugation ending/s shown in the table below.

Note that the conjugation table below does not include the compound tenses, which consist of a form of the auxiliary verb and the past participle. Choisir normally requires the auxiliary verb avoir in compound tenses and moods. For example: J'ai choisi deux légumes verts. > I picked two green vegetables. 

Other Regular French '-ir' Verbs

Here are just a few of the most common regular -ir verbs. Remember, they all have regular conjugations, meaning they all follow the same conjugation patterns, which are those shown in the table.

Simply take off the infinitive's -ir ending and add the appropriate conjugated ending to the stem in each instance.

  • abolir > to abolish
  • agir > to act
  • avertir > to warn
  • bâtir > to build
  • bénir > to bless
  • choisir > to choose
  • établir > to establish
  • étourdir > to stun, deafen, make dizzy
  • finir > to finish
  • grossir > to gain weight, get fat
  • guérir > to cure, heal, recover
  • maigrir > to lose weight, get thin
  • nourrir > to feed, nourish
  • obéir > to obey
  • punir > to punish
  • réfléchir > to reflect, think
  • remplir > to to fill
  • réussir > to succeed
  • rougir > to blush, turn red
  • vieillir > to grow old

'Choisir': Uses and Expressions

  • Choisis ce que tu veux. > Take your pick.
  • Choisis l'un ou l'autre. > Choose one or the other.
  • Tu as choisi ton moment ! > You picked a swell time!
  • bien / mal choisir  > to choose carefully / badly
  • Elle a choisi de rester. > She decided to stay.
  • Je n'ai pas choisi. C'est arrivé comme ça. > It wasn't my decision; it just happened. 
  • Il a toujours choisi la solution de facilité. > He always chose the easy way / solution.

Simple Conjugations of the French Regular '-ir' Verb 'Choisir'

 Present Future ImperfectPresent participle

je

choisis

choisirai

choisissais

choisissant
tuchoisischoisiraschoisissais 

il

choisitchoisirachoisissait 

nous

choisissonschoisironschoisissions 
vouschoisissezchoisirezchoisissiez 

ils

choisissentchoisirontchoisissaient 

 

Passé composé 

   Auxiliary verb 

avoir

   Past participle 

choisi

 

 SubjunctiveConditionalPassé simpleImperfect subjunctive
jechoisissechoisiraischoisischoisisse

tu

choisisseschoisiraischoisischoisisses
ilchoisissechoisiraitchoisitchoisît
nouschoisissionschoisirionschoisîmeschoisissions
vouschoisissiezchoisiriezchoisîteschoisissiez
ilschoisissentchoisiraientchoisirentchoisissent

 

Imperative 

(tu)

choisis

(nous) 

choisissons

(vous)

choisissez