How to Conjugate "Contribuer" (to Contribute)

This Lesson "Contributes" to Your French Conjugations

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