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 only

Compound 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
ildiscutediscuteradiscutaitPassé composé
nousdiscutonsdiscuteronsdiscutions   Auxiliary verb avoir
vousdiscutezdiscuterezdiscutiez   Past participle discuté
 Subjunctive Conditional Passé simple Imperfect subjunctive
(nous) discutons