How to Conjugate 'Continuer' (to Continue)

Simple Conjugations for the French Verb 'Continuer'

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The French verb continuer means "to continue." It is a regular -er verb, which makes conjugating it very simple. 

How to Conjugate the French Verb Continuer

The constant part of regular verb conjugation is the stem, which you get by dropping the -er from the infinitive (continu-). You then add the ending based on the subject pronoun and tense you're using. The charts below show how to do this.

 PresentFutureImperfectPresent participle
jecontinuecontinueraicontinuaiscontinuant
tucontinuescontinuerascontinuais
ilcontinuecontinueracontinuait
nouscontinuonscontinueronscontinuions
vouscontinuezcontinuerezcontinuiez
ilscontinuentcontinuerontcontinuaient
 
 SubjunctiveConditionalPassé simpleImperfect subjunctive
jecontinuecontinueraiscontinuaicontinuasse
tucontinuescontinueraiscontinuascontinuasses
ilcontinuecontinueraitcontinuacontinuât
nouscontinuionscontinuerionscontinuâmescontinuassions
vouscontinuiezcontinueriezcontinuâtescontinuassiez
ilscontinuentcontinueraientcontinuèrentcontinuassent
 
 Imperative
(tu)continue
(nous)continuons
(vous)continuez

How to Use Continuer in the Past Tense

The passé simple is only used in very formal or literary situations. To render continuer in the past tense, you'll use the passé composé. It requires an auxiliary verb (in this case, avoir) and the verb's past participle (continué).

For example:

Ils ont continué danser après la musique a fini.
The continued to dance after the music ended.

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