How to Conjugate the French Verb 'Discuter' ('to Discuss')

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Discuter ("to discuss, debate, argue, consider") is a regular French -er verb that shares conjugation patterns in all tenses and moods with every other regular French verb ending in -er, by far the largest group of French verbs. To conjugate discuter, remove the -er ending to reveal the stem discut-, then add the regular -er endings shown in the table at the bottom of the page.

Note that this table includes simple conjugations onlyCompound conjugations, which consist of a conjugated form of the auxiliary verb avoir and the past participle discuté, are not included.

Examples and Usage of 'Discuter'

Discuter le coup (familiar) > to have a chat

Discuter un prix > to haggle over a price

Discuter la véracité de quelque chose > to dispute the veracity of something

Inutile de discuter. > It's no use arguing.

Discuter de > to talk about

Discuter de choses et d'autres > to talk about this and that

Ça se discute. (pronominal) > That's debatable.

C'est déplacé de discuter des détails avec toi. > It's not appropriate for me to discuss the details / particulars with you.

Calmez-vous, on veut juste discuter. > Calm down. We just want to talk.

Nous devrons sérieusement discuter du sujet. > We'll have to seriously debate the issue.

J'aimerais discuter d'une proposition. > I have a proposal / proposition I'd like to discuss.

On peut discuter où tu voudras. > We can talk wherever you want.

'Discuter' Is a Regular French '-er' Verb

The majority of French verbs are regular -er verbs, as discuter is. (There are five main kinds of verbs in French: regular -er, -ir, -re verbs; stem-changing verbs; and irregular verbs.)

To conjugate a regular French -er verb, remove the -er ending from the infinitive to reveal the verb's stem.

Then add the regular -er endings to the stem. Note that regular -er verbs share conjugation patterns in all tenses and moods.

You can apply the same endings in the table to any of the regular French -er verbs listed below.

More Common French Regular '-er' Verbs

French regular -er verbs, by far the largest group of French verbs, share a conjugation pattern. Here are just a few of the most common regular -er verbs:

  • aimer > to like, to love
  • arriver > to arrive, to happen
  • chanter > to sing
  • chercher > to look for
  • commencer* > to begin
  • danse > to dance
  • demander > to ask for
  • dépenser > to spend (money)
  • détester > to hate
  • donner > to give
  • écouter > to listen to
  • étudier** > to study
  • fermer > to close
  • goûte > to taste
  • jouer > to play
  • laver > to wash
  • manger* > to eat
  • nager* > to swim
  • parler > to talk, to speak
  • passe > to pass, spend (time)
  • penser > to think
  • porter > to wear, to carry
  • regarder > to watch, to look at
  • rêver > to dream
  • sembler > to seem
  • skier** > to ski
  • travailler > to work
  • trouve > to find
  • visiter > to visit (a place)
  • voler > to fly, to steal

*All regular -er verbs are conjugated according to the regular -er verb conjugation pattern, except for one small irregularity in verbs that end in -ger and -cer, known as spelling-change verbs.
**Though conjugated just like regular -er verbs, watch out for verbs that end in -ier.

Simple Conjugations of the Regular French '-er' Verb 'Discuter'

Present Future Imperfect Present participle
je discute discuterai discutais discutant
tu discutes discuteras discutais
il discute discutera discutait
nous discutons discuterons discutions
vous discutez discuterez discutiez
ils discutent discuteront discutaient
Subjunctive Conditional Passé simple Imperfect subjunctive
je discute discuterais discutai discutasse
tu discutes discuterais discutas discutasses
il discute discuterait discuta discutât
nous discutions discuterions discutâmes discutassions
vous discutiez discuteriez discutâtes discutassiez
ils discutent discuteraient discutèrent discutassent
tu discute
nous discutons
vous discutez
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