Humanities Languages How to Conjugate "Désirer" (to Desire) You'll Find This Quick French Verb Conjugation Lesson "Desirable" Share Flipboard Email Print 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 September 01, 2017 "To desire" in French is the verb désirer. This one's easy to remember because it's similar to the English word. When you want to say "desired" or "desiring," a verb conjugation is required. A quick lesson will show you how to use the most common French verb conjugations of this very desirable word. Conjugating the French Verb Désirer Many French verb conjugations follow standard patterns through which common endings are added to the verb stem. Désirer is one of the easier ones because it is a regular -ER verb, the most used in the French language. To change désirer to the present, future, or imperfect past tense, begin by identifying the verb stem: désir-. To this, various endings are added to match the subject pronoun with the appropriate tense for your sentence. For example, "I desire" is "je désire" while "we will desire" is "nous désirerons." Subject Present Future Imperfect je désire désirerai désirais tu désires désireras désirais il désire désirera désirait nous désirons désirerons désirions vous désirez désirerez désiriez ils désirent désireront désiraient The Present Participle of Désirer When you add -ant to the verb stem of désirer, the present participle désirant is created. It can be an adjective, gerund, or noun as well as a verb. The Past Participle and Passé Composé A common way to form the past tense "desired" is to use the passé composé. To construct this, begin by conjugating the auxiliary verb avoir to match the subject pronoun, then attach the past participle désiré. As an example, "I desired" becomes "j'ai désiré" and "we desired" is "nous avons désiré." More Simple Désirer Conjugations to Know When the action of desiring is somehow questionable or uncertain, use the subjunctive verb mood. Similarly, when the action is dependent on something else also happening, the conditional verb mood is employed. It's likely that you will only come across the passé simple in literature and formal French writing. The same goes for the imperfect subjunctive, though it's a good idea to familiarize yourself with these forms. Subject Subjunctive Conditional Passé Simple Imperfect Subjunctive je désire désirerais désirai désirasse tu désires désirerais désiras désirasses il désire désirerait désira désirât nous désirions désirerions désirâmes désirassions vous désiriez désireriez désirâtes désirassiez ils désirent désireraient désirèrent désirassent To use désirer in commands and requests, the imperative form can be used. When doing so, the subject pronoun is not required, so "tu désire" becomes "désire." Imperative (tu) désire (nous) désirons (vous) désirez Continue Reading Can You Say "Cooked" or "Cooking" Using the French "Cuisiner"? Use "Guérir" to Say "Cured" or "Healing" in French Conjugating "Lever" (Lift, Raise) How Do You Conjugate the Verb "Dîner" (to Have Dinner) in French? You'll "Pick Up" the "Cueillir" Conjugations Before You Know It How Do You Conjugate "Laver" in French How Is "Demander" Conjugated, You "Ask"? Once You Learn It, This "Disparaître" Lesson May Just "Disappear" How Do You Conjugate "Décrire" (to Describe) in French? "Decide" to Study the French Conjugations of "Décider" Learn How to Say "Drawing" or "Drew" in French You'll "Dance" Right Through Conjugations of "Danser" Does "Causer" Mean "to Cause" or "to Chat" in French? You'll Be Conjugating the French Verb "Chasser" in No Time You're "Invited" to Learn About the French "Inviter" How Do You Conjugate "Worry" in (Inquiéter) in French?