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  Imperfect Present participle
ilchoisitchoisirachoisissaitPassé composé
nouschoisissonschoisironschoisissions   Auxiliary verb avoir
vouschoisissezchoisirezchoisissiez   Past participle choisi
 Subjunctive Conditional Passé simple Imperfect subjunctive
(nous) choisissons