Languages › French How to Conjugate "Crier" (to Shout, to Scream) in French You'll "Shout" With Joy After Finishing This Verb Conjugation Lesson Share Flipboard Email Print 'Crier' means 'to shout' or 'to scream'. Flashpop/Getty Images French Grammar Pronunciation & Conversation Vocabulary Resources For Teachers by ThoughtCo Updated August 15, 2017 "To shout" or "to scream" in French uses the verb crier. It's an easy one to remember if you remember that you "cry out" when you scream. Transforming it into the past, present, or future tense requires a verb conjugation and a quick lesson will show you how it's done. Conjugating the French Verb Crier The conjugations of French verbs are a little complicated. You must, of course, change the ending to match the tense, but there's also a new ending used for each subject pronoun. That means you have more words to commit to memory. The good news is that crier is a regular -ER verb and it follows a very common verb conjugation pattern. The infinitive endings you see here are the same you'll find in conjugations of créer (to create), fâcher (to make angry), and countless other verbs. To study these conjugations, pair the subject pronoun with the proper tense. For instance, "I shout" is "je crie" and "we will scream" is "nous crierons" Practicing these in various contexts will help with your memorization. Subject Present Future Imperfect je crie crierai criais tu cries crieras criais il crie criera criait nous crions crierons criions vous criez crierez criiez ils crient crieront criaient The Present Participle of Crier Adding -ant to the verb stem cri- creates the present participle criant. This is a verb, of course, though you may also use it as an adjective, gerund, or noun in some circumstances. The Past Participle and Passé Composé The passé composé is another form of the past tense. It requires the past participle crié, which is attached to the subject pronoun and a conjugation of avoir (an auxiliary, or "helping," verb). Putting the passé composé together is rather simple: "I screamed" becomes "j'ai crié" and "we shouted" is "nous avons crié." More Simple Crier Conjugations The subjunctive verb form is used when the action of shouting is questionable, subjective, or uncertain. Similarly, the conditional verb form implies that the action may not happen unless something else happens. Primarily found in literature, you may not use the passé simple nor the imperfect subjunctive yourself. However, you should be able to recognize them as a form of crier. Subject Subjunctive Conditional Passé Simple Imperfect Subjunctive je crie crierais criai criasse tu cries crierais crias criasses il crie crierait cria criât nous criions crierions criâmes criassions vous criiez crieriez criâtes criassiez ils crient crieraient crièrent criassent A very useful form of crier is the imperative verb form. This is used for exclamations and when using it, you can skip the subject pronoun: use "crie" rather than "tu crie." Imperative (tu) crie (nous) crions (vous) criez Continue Reading Don't Let Conjugating "Fâcher" Make You "Angry" "Listen" for the Simple "Écouter" Conjugations "Snuff Out" the French Conjugations of "Éteindre" Learn It and This "Disparaître" Lesson Won't "Disappear" Learn How to Say "Drawing" or "Drew" in French Can You Say "Cooked" or "Cooking" Using the French "Cuisiner"? You'll "Pick Up" the "Cueillir" Conjugations Before You Know It You'll Need to Conjugate "Décrire" to Say "Described" in French Conjugating "Lever" (Lift, Raise) How Do You Conjugate the Verb "Dîner" (to Have Dinner) in French? How to Conjugate the Verb "Jouir" (to Enjoy) in French How Would You Say "to Close" in French? How Is "Demander" Conjugated, You "Ask"? Does "Causer" Mean "to Cause" or "to Chat" in French? You Will Be "Attracted" to the French Verb "Attirer" How Would You Conjugate "Exister" in French?