Humanities › Languages How to Conjugate the French Verb Découvrir Discover French Verb Conjugations Share Flipboard Email Print fotografierende/Pexels Languages French Grammar Basics Pronunciation & Conversation Vocabulary Resources for Teachers English as a Second Language Spanish German Italian Japanese Mandarin Russian English Grammar View More by ThoughtCo Updated April 30, 2019 In French, the verb découvrir means "to discover" or "to uncover." When you want to change it to the past tense "discovered" or the future tense "will uncover," you will need to conjugate the verb. French verbs are rarely simple to conjugate, and découvrir is one of the more challenging. However, a short lesson will run you through the basics. Conjugating the French Verb Découvrir Découvrir is an irregular verb, meaning it does not follow a common verb conjugation pattern. Yet, it is not alone because the majority of French verbs that end in -frir or -vrir, including ouvir (to open), are conjugated in the same way. The challenge of conjugating in French is that you not only take into account the present, future, or past tense when changing the infinitive ending. There is also a separate ending for each subject pronoun within each of those tenses. That means you have more words to dedicate to your memory. Study this table to learn the correct forms of découvrir. Simply pair the subject pronoun with the proper tense: "I discover" is "je découvre" and "we will discover" is "nous découvrirons." Practicing these in context is a good way to help memorize them. Subject Present Future Imperfect je découvre découvrirai découvrais tu découvres découvriras découvrais il découvre découvrira découvrait nous découvrons découvrirons découvrions vous découvrez découvrirez découvriez ils découvrez découvriront découvraient Present Participle Adding -ant to the verb stem découvr- creates the present participle découvrant. It's useful beyond a verb and can also become an adjective, gerund, or noun when needed. The Past Participle and Passé Composé The past participle of découvrir is découvert. This is used to form the common past tense known as the passé composé. To use it, you will also need to conjugate the auxiliary verb avoir. For example, "I discovered" is "j'ai découvert" and "we discovered" is "nous avons découvert." More Simple Conjugations There may be times when you will find a use for the subjunctive or conditional verb forms of découvrir as well. The subjunctive verb mood implies that the act of discovering is subjective or uncertain. Similarly, the conditional verb mood says that discovering will only happen if something else takes place. The passé simple is primarily found in literature and formal writing. The same applies to the imperfect subjunctive. While you may not use them yourself, being able to recognize these as a form of découvrir is a good idea. Subject Subjunctive Conditional Passé Simple Imperfect Subjunctive je découvre découvrirais découvris découvrisse tu découvres découvrirais découvris découvrisses il découvre découvrirait découvrit découvrît nous découvrions découvririons découvrîmes découvrissions vous découvriez découvririez découvrîtes découvrissiez ils découvrent découvriraient découvrirent découvrissent To use découvrir in the imperative form, there is no need to include the subject pronoun. Instead of "tu découvre," simplify it to "découvre." Imperative (tu) découvre (nous) découvrons (vous) découvrez Continue Reading "Snuff Out" the French Conjugations of "Éteindre" Can You "Attain" Perfection in the Conjugates of "Accéder"? You'll "Cherish" This Simple French Verb Conjugation, Mon Chéri "Include" the Verb "Inclure" in Your French Vocabulary How Do You Conjugate "Passer" (to Pass) in French? How to Conjugate the French Verb "Détester" How Do You Conjugate the Verb "Rire" (to Laugh) in French? Learn How to Conjugate the French Verb "Réfléchir" (to Reflect) "Spend" Some Time Learning to Conjugate "Dépenser" in French Learn It and This "Disparaître" Lesson Won't "Disappear" Learn How to Say "Confided" or "Confiding" in French You May Find This French Verb Conjugation "Suitable" Do You Know How to Say "I Adore" in French? How Is "Marier" (to Marry) Conjugated in French? Are You Sure You Know How to Conjugate the French "Accueillir"? How Do You Conjugate "Coudre" (to Sew) in French?