Languages › French How to Conjugate "Contribuer" (to Contribute) This Lesson "Contributes" to Your French Conjugations Share Flipboard Email Print French Grammar Pronunciation & Conversation Vocabulary Resources For Teachers by ThoughtCo Updated January 30, 2019 When to you want to say "to contribute" in French, use the verb contribuer (often misspelled "contribuir"). Due to its resemblance to the English word, it's an easy one to remember. You'll also be happy to know that conjugating this verb is relatively simple as well. Conjugating the French Verb Contribuer Contribuer follows the common verb conjugation pattern of all regular -ER verbs. This means that once you learn the infinitive endings for this word, you can apply them to others like comporter (to consist of) and blesser (to hurt). The conjugations are pretty straightforward if you study the table. Simply match the subject pronoun with either the present, future, or imperfect past tense. For instance, "I contribute" is "je contribue" and "we will contribute" is "nous contribuerons." Subject Present Future Imperfect je contribue contribuerai contribuais tu contribues contribueras contribuais il contribue contribuera contribuait nous contribuons contribuerons contribuions vous contribuez contribuerez contribuiez ils contribuent contribueront contribuaient The Present Participle of Contribuer To form the present participle, we simply add -ant to the verb stem. This will form contribuant, which is a verb, but may also be an adjective, gerund, or noun when needed. The Past Participle and Passé Composé The passé composé is a common way to say the past tense "contributed" in French. To use this, you must conjugate the auxiliary verb avoir to match the subject, then attach the past participle contribué. For example, "I contributed" becomes "j'ai contribué" and "we contributed" is "nous avons contribué." More Simple Contribuer Conjugations There are a few other verb forms of contribuer that you may encounter or use. The subjunctive and conditional are used when the action of contributing is in some way questionable. The passé simple and imperfect subjunctive are most often found in formal writing. Subject Subjunctive Conditional Passé Simple Imperfect Subjunctive je contribue contribuerais contribuai contribuasse tu contribues contribuerais contribuas contribuasses il contribue contribuerait contribua contribuât nous contribuions contribuerions contribuâmes contribuassions vous contribuiez contribueriez contribuâtes contribuassiez ils contribuent contribueraient contribuèrent contribuassent The imperative verb form is also quite useful for contribuer. When using it, the subject pronoun is not required: use "contribue" rather than "tu contribue." Imperative (tu) contribue (nous) contribuons (vous) contribuez Continue Reading There's No "Disputing" the Conjugations of "Disputer" "Include" the French Verb "Comporter" in Your Conjugations Learn How to Say "Confided" or "Confiding" in French "Convertir" Is an Easy French Verb to Conjugate (or "Convert") This French Verb Conjugation Is Not Too "Confusing" Have "Hope" That You'll Learn How to Conjugate "Espérer" You're Going to "Conquer" This French Verb Conjugation "Spend" Some Time Learning to Conjugate "Dépenser" in French Speaking French Well Begins With Conjugating Irregular Verbs "Concentrate" on the French Conjugation of "Concentrer" Don't "Stop" With This Easy French Verb Conjugation Don't "Avoid" Conjugating "Éviter," It's an Easy One Learn How to Conjugate the French Verb "Réfléchir" (to Reflect) How Would You Conjugate "Élever" (to Raise) in French? Conjugate 'to Decide' Correctly in French to Be Fluent You Won't "Hurt" Yourself Conjugating "Blesser"