How to Conjugate "Compléter" (to Complete)

"Complete" a Simple Lesson in French Verb Conjugations

As you might suspect, the French verb compléter means "to complete." It's a very useful word to add to your vocabulary. As with all verbs, when you want to say "completed" or "completing," a conjugation is necessary. This French lesson will walk you through the process.

Conjugating the French Verb Compléter

In English, we conjugate verbs by adding an -ing or -ed ending to change from the present to the past tense.

The same is done in French, though it's a little more complex. That's because there is a different infinitive ending for every subject pronoun in every tense.

Compléter is a stem-changing verb as well. This poses a special challenge in the conjugations. While it's not a big deal in the pronunciation, it matters when the word is written down.

In the conjugation chart, look closely and you will notice that the accented 'E' changes along the way. This happens often in verbs ending in -é_er such as accéder (to reach). Also, for the future tense, you can use either the grave è or acute é.

Beyond that, the conjugations are rather simple. Study the chart and pair the proper subject pronoun with the appropriate tense. For instance, "I complete" is "je compléte" and "we will complete" is "nous compléterez" or "nous complèterez."

SubjectPresentFutureImperfect
jecomplètecompléterai
complèterai
complétais
tucomplètescompléteras
complèteras
complétais
ilcomplètecomplétera
complètera
complétait
nouscomplétonscompléterons
complèterons
complétions
vouscomplétezcompléterez
complèterez
complétiez
ilscomplètentompléteront
complèteront
complétaient

The Present Participle of Compléter

The present participle of compléter is complétant. This can be used as a verb, of course, but also serves as an adjective, gerund, or noun in some circumstances.

The Passé Composé and Past Participle

The passé composé is a common form of the past tense in French. It's formed by conjugating the auxiliary verb avoir to match the subject, then attaching the past participle  complété.

To put this together, "I completed" is "j'ai complété" and "we completed" is "nous avons complété." The ai and avons are conjugations of avoir.

More Simple Compléter Conjugations

There may be times when the action of completing is uncertain. That is when you might employ either the subjunctive or conditional verb forms. In literature, you may see the passé simple or imperfect subjunctive in use.

SubjectSubjunctiveConditionalPassé SimpleImperfect Subjunctive
jecomplètecompléterais
complèterais
complétai       complétasse
tucomplètescompléterais
complèterais
complétas       complétasses
ilcomplètecompléterait
complèterait
compléta         complétât
nouscomplétionscompléterions
complèterions
complétâmes      complétassions
vouscomplétiezcompléteriez
complèteriez
complétâtes      complétassiez
ilscomplètentcompléteraient
complèteraient
complétèrent      complétassent

To use compléter in an exclamation, use the imperative form. When doing this, you can skip the subject pronoun, so rather than "tu compléte," you can simply say "compléte."

 Imperative
(tu)complète
(nous)complétons
(vous)complétez