Languages › French How to Conjugate 'Compléter,' to Complete A Simple Lesson in French Verb Conjugations Share Flipboard Email Print spamforpic/Pixabay French Grammar Pronunciation & Conversation Vocabulary Resources For Teachers By ThoughtCo Team Updated May 22, 2019 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. Compléter Conjugation 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." Subject Present Future Imperfect je complète compléteraicomplèterai complétais tu complètes compléterascomplèteras complétais il complète compléteracomplètera complétait nous complétons compléteronscomplèterons complétions vous complétez compléterezcomplèterez complétiez ils complètent ompléterontcomplèteront complétaient Present Participle 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. 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 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. Subject Subjunctive Conditional Passé Simple Imperfect Subjunctive je complète compléteraiscomplèterais complétai complétasse tu complètes compléteraiscomplèterais complétas complétasses il complète compléteraitcomplèterait compléta complétât nous complétions compléterionscomplèterions complétâmes complétassions vous complétiez compléteriezcomplèteriez complétâtes complétassiez ils complètent compléteraientcomplèteraient 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 Cite this Article Format mla apa chicago Your Citation Team, ThoughtCo. "How to Conjugate 'Compléter,' to Complete." ThoughtCo, Sep. 2, 2021, thoughtco.com/completer-to-complete-1369972. Team, ThoughtCo. (2021, September 2). How to Conjugate 'Compléter,' to Complete. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/completer-to-complete-1369972 Team, ThoughtCo. "How to Conjugate 'Compléter,' to Complete." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/completer-to-complete-1369972 (accessed October 25, 2021). copy citation How to Conjugate "Augmenter" (to Increase, Raise, Rise) What Is the Conjugation for "Accéder" (to Reach, to Attain) How to Conjugate "Attacher" (to Attach) How to Conjugate "Cesser" (to Stop, Cease) in French How to Conjugate "Coudre" (to Sew) in French How to Conjugate the French Verb Découvrir How to Conjugate "Inquiéter" (to Worry) in French How to Conjugate "Espérer" How to Conjugate "Convertir" (to Convert) How to Conjugate "Confondre" (to Confuse) in French How to Conjugate "Corriger" (to Correct) in French How to Conjugate "Louer" (to Rent) How to Conjugate "Abolir" (to Abolish) How to Conjugate "Cacher" (to Hide) How to Conjugate "Disputer" (to Dispute) How to Conjugate the French Verb "Nettoyer"