Languages › French How to Conjugate the Irregular French Verb 'Cuire' ('to Cook') 'Cuire' is so irregular, you just have to memorize its conjugations Share Flipboard Email Print French Grammar Pronunciation & Conversation Vocabulary Resources For Teachers By ThoughtCo Team Updated February 21, 2020 Cuire, meaning "to cook, bake and burn," is a highly irregular French -re verb that doesn't follow regular conjugation patterns. Within irregular French -re verbs, there are a few verbs that demonstrate patterns, including verbs conjugated like prendre, battre, mettre and rompre, and verbs ending in -craindre, -peindre and -oindre. 'Cuire' is Highly Irregular Conduire, to the contrary, is one of those very irregular French verbs with conjugations so unusual and unwieldy that they don't fall into any pattern. They are so irregular you just have to memorize them to use them correctly. These very irregular -re verbs include: absoudre, boire, clore, conclure, conduire, confire, connaître, coudre, croire, dire, eacute;crire, faire, inscrire, lire, moudre, naître, plaire, rire, suivre and vivre. The table below shows the irregular simple conjugations of cuire. Note that the table does not include compound conjugations of cuire, which consist of a form of the auxiliary verb avoir and the past participle cuit. Other VERBS ENDING IN '-UIRE' There are several more highly irregular verbs ending in -uire; they are all conjugated like cuire. These include: conduire > to drive construire > to build déduire > to deduce détruire > to destroy éconduire > to dismiss enduire > to coat induire > to mislead introduire > to introduce, insert instruire > to instruct luire > to shine nuire > to harm produire > o produce reconduire > to renew reconstruire > to rebuild réduire > to reduce reluire > to shine reproduire > to reproduce séduire > to seduce traduire > to translate 'CUIRE': USES AND EXPRESSIONS faire cuire quelque chose > to cook something cuire à feu doux ou petit feu > to simmer cuire à gros bouillons > to boil hard/fast poulet prêt à cuire > oven-ready chicken faire cuire à feu vif > to cook over a high flame faire cuire quelque chose au four > to bake something J'ai trop fait cuire les légumes. > I've overcooked the vegetables. Tu n'as pas fait assez cuire la viande. > You've undercooked the meat. laisser quelqu'un cuire dans son jus (familiar) > to let someone stew in his/her juices Va te faire cuire un œuf ! > Get lost! Je l'ai envoyé se faire cuire un œuf. (familiar) > I sent him packing. On cuit dans cette voiture. > It's boiling hot in this car. Les yeux me cuisent. > My eyes are burning / stinging. Il vous en cuira. > You'll regret it. pommes à cuire > cookling apple Simple Conjugations of the Irregular French Verb Cuire Imperative Present Future Imperfect Present participle je cuis cuirai cuisais cuisant tu cuis cuiras cuisais il cuit cuira cuisait Passé composé nous cuisons cuirons cuisions Auxiliary verb avoir vous cuisez cuirez cuisiez Past participlecuit ils cuisent cuiront cuisaient Subjunctive Conditional Passé simple Imperfect subjunctive je cuise cuirais cuisis cuisisse tu cuises cuirais cuisis cuisisses il cuise cuirait cuisit cuisît nous cuisions cuirions cuisîmes cuisissions vous cuisiez cuiriez cuisîtes cuisissiez ils cuisent cuiraient cuisirent cuisissent Imperative (tu) cuis (nous) cuisons (vous) cuisez Cite this Article Format mla apa chicago Your Citation Team, ThoughtCo. "How to Conjugate the Irregular French Verb 'Cuire' ('to Cook')." ThoughtCo, Sep. 2, 2021, thoughtco.com/cuire-to-cook-1370049. Team, ThoughtCo. (2021, September 2). How to Conjugate the Irregular French Verb 'Cuire' ('to Cook'). Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/cuire-to-cook-1370049 Team, ThoughtCo. "How to Conjugate the Irregular French Verb 'Cuire' ('to Cook')." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/cuire-to-cook-1370049 (accessed October 25, 2021). copy citation Conjugating the Irregular French Verb 'Conduire' ('to Drive') How to Conjugate the Irregular French Verb "Croire" How to Conjugate the French Verb 'Craindre' ('to Fear') Conjugate the Irregular French Verb Connaître, to Know How to Conjugate the Irregular French Verb 'Construire' ('to Build') How to Conjugate the French Verb 'Peindre' ('to Paint') How to Conjugate the Irregular French Verb 'Permettre' ('to Allow,' 'Permit') The French Verb 'Joindre' ('to Join') How to Conjugate the French Verb 'Savoir' ('to Know') How to Conjugate the Irregular French Verb 'Mourir' ('To Die') How to Conjugate the French Verb 'Promettre' The Irregular French Verb 'Apprendre' ('to Learn') Learn to Conjugate the French Irregular Verb Lire (to Read) How to Conjugate the French Verb 'Dire' (to Say) Conjugate the Irregular French Verb Boire (to Drink) How to Conjugate the Irregular French '-ir' Verb 'Offir'