How to Conjugate 'Commander' (to Order)

Simple Conjugations for the French Verb 'Commander'

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The French verb commander means "to order," and it follows the conjugation pattern of regular -er verbs.

How to Conjugate the French Verb Commander

The first step of conjugation is knowing the stem of the verb—the part that doesn't change. For regular -er verbs, you drop the -er from the infinitive, which leaves the stem command- for conjugating commander. You then add the ending that matches the subject pronoun (je, tu, il/elle, nous, vous, ils/elles) and the tense. You can see how to conjugate commander in all the simple tenses in the tables below.

Present Future Imperfect Present Participle
je commande commanderai commandais commandant
tu commandes commanderas commandais
il commande commandera commandait
nous commandons commanderons commandions
vous commandez commanderez commandiez
ils commandent commanderont commandaient
Subjunctive Conditional Passé Simple Imperfect Subjunctive
je commande commanderais commandai commandasse
tu commandes commanderais commandas commandasses
il commande commanderait commanda commandât
nous commandions commanderions commandâmes commandassions
vous commandiez commanderiez commandâtes commandassiez
ils commandent commanderaient commandèrent commandassent
(tu) commande
(nous) commandons
(vous) commandez

How to Use Commander in the Past Tense

To use commander in the past tense, you will most often use the passé composé. It is a compound tense, requiring an auxiliary verb (in this case, avoir) and the past participle (commandé).

For example:

Nous avons commandé le gâteau chocolat pour le dessert.
We ordered the chocolate cake for dessert.

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