Languages › French How to Conjugate "Conquérir" (to Conquer) Share Flipboard Email Print Adriana Varela Photography/Getty Images French Grammar Pronunciation & Conversation Vocabulary Resources For Teachers by ThoughtCo Updated November 04, 2019 The French verb for "to conquer" is conquérir. It's often misspelled "conquir," so don't forget the middle syllable. In order to say "conquered" or "conquering," the verb needs to be conjugated and this lesson will show you how it's done. Conjugating the French Verb Conquérir Verb conjugations can be frustrating for many French students and, unfortunately, conquérir is one of the more challenging verbs. That is because it's an irregular verb, meaning it does not follow a common conjugation pattern. However, there are a few verbs that end in -uérir and each is conjugated the same way. This includes acquérir (to acquire), s'enquérir (to inquire), and quérir (to go in quest of). If you study these as a group, each will be a little easier. The key is to find the verb stem. For conquérir, this is conqu- and you will add the appropriate ending to match the subject pronoun as well as the tense. As an example, for the subject pronoun je in the present tense, the infinitive ending -iers is always added. This forms "je conquiers," meaning "I conquer." Likewise, -errons is added in the nous future tense to create "we will conquer" or "nous conquerrons." Subject Present Future Imperfect je conquiers conquerrai conquérais tu conquiers conquerras conquérais il conquiert conquerra conquérait nous conquérons conquerrons conquérions vous conquérez conquerrez conquériez ils conquièrent conquerront conquéraient The Present Participle of Conquérir Add -ant to the stem of conquérir to form the present participle conquérant. It's used as a verb, but can also become an adjective, gerund, or noun in certain circumstances. The Past Participle and Passé Composé The passé composé is a common form of the past tense in French. To form this, begin by conjugating the auxiliary verb avoir for the subject, then add the past participle conquis. For example, "I conquered" is "j'ai conquis" and "we conquered" is "nous avons conquis." More Simple Conquérir Conjugations To begin with, concentrate on the past, present, and future tenses of conquérir. As you become more fluent, you may also need or see any of the following verb forms. The subjunctive and conditional are used when there's some question or uncertainty to the verb. The passé simple and imperfect subjunctive are primarily found in formal writing. Subject Subjunctive Conditional Passé Simple Imperfect Subjunctive je conquière conquerrais conquis conquisse tu conquières conquerrais conquis conquisses il conquière conquerrait conquit conquît nous conquérions conquerrions conquîmes conquissions vous conquériez conquerriez conquîtes conquissiez ils conquièrent conquerraient conquirent conquissent To express conquérir in short, assertive statements, the imperative form is used. For this conjugation, skip the subject pronoun and use the verb alone: "conquiers" instead of "tu conqiers." Imperative (tu) conquiers (nous) conquérons (vous) conquérez Continue Reading Don't "Conclude" Your French Studies Without Conjugating "Conclure" How Do You Conjugate "Fuir" (to Flee) in French? You May Find This French Verb Conjugation "Suitable" Don't Let "Décevoir" Conjugations "Disappoint" You How Is "Détruire" (to Destroy) Conjugated in French? Conjugating "Lever" (Lift, Raise) Conjugations of Prévenir (to Warn) in French How to Conjugate the Verb "Jouir" (to Enjoy) in French "Shout" for Joy That Conjugating "Crier" Is Easy How to Conjugate the French Verb "Durer" (to Last) How Is "Demander" Conjugated, You "Ask"? Learn How to Say "I Broke" in French Using "Rompre" When You Want "to Support" in French Use "Appuyer" How to Conjugate "Valoir" (to Value) in French How to Conjugate Chérir in French How Do You Conjugate "Détendre" (to Release) in French?