Languages › French How to Conjugate the French Irregular Verb 'Écrire' ('to Write') "Écrire" is very irregular so memorize it to use it correctly Share Flipboard Email Print Guido Mieth / Moment / Getty Images French Grammar Pronunciation & Conversation Vocabulary Resources For Teachers By Laura K. Lawless Updated February 21, 2020 Écrire is one of the most irregular -re verbs. Irregular French verbs are so named because they do not follow any of the regular conjugation patterns. In the table below are the simple conjugations of this irregular -re verb; they do not include the compound tenses, which consist of a form of the auxiliary verb and the past participle. No Patterns There are irregular -re verbs that fall into patterns, which makes them a little easier to conjugate. They are centered around the verbs prendre, battre, mettre and rompre, and around verbs that end in -aindre, -eindre, and -oindre. But écrire does not fall into these groups. It is lumped together with the remaining -re verbs, verbs with such unusual and unwieldy conjugations that each is very different. This means you must memorize each one separately, which is what you'll need to do with écrire. Try memorizing one of these a day until you mastered them: absoudre, boire, clore, conclure, conduire, confire, connaître, coudre, croire, dire, faire, inscrire, lire, moudre, naître, plaire, rire, suivre, and vivre. Conjugate Verbs Ending in "-crire" Despite the irregularity of this verb, there is one basic rule to keep in mind as you study its conjugations: Écrire has derivative verbs ending in -crire, and they are all conjugated like écrire. In short, all French verbs ending in -crire are conjugated like écrire. Here are a few: Circonscrire > to contain, to confine Décrire > to describe Inscrire > to write down, inscribe Prescrire > to prescribe Proscrire > to ban, prohibit Récrire > to rewrite Souscrire > to subscribe Transcrire > to transcribe Using "Écrire" Écrire has a few related meanings. It means "to write," as in "Write a sentence," "to spell" as in "This word is written/spelled with an s," "to note or record in writing," as in "Write down your thoughts," and "to compose" as in "Write a story or letter." It can be helpful—before studying the conjugations—to view écrire as it is used in various French phrases. Écrire un poulet > Write a gallant message Écrire comme un chat > Write in small, illegible letters Écrire sous la dictée de quelqu'un > Write down what someone has dictated Écrire en caractères d'imprimerie > Write in block letters Écrire sous couvert de quelqu'un > Write in collaboration with someone, ghostwrite Simple Conjugations of "Écrire" Present Future Imperfect Present participle j' écris écrirai écrivais écrivant tu écris écriras écrivais il écrit écrira écrivait Passé composé nous écrivons écrirons écrivions Auxiliary verb avoir vous écrivez écrirez écriviez Past participle écrit ils écrivent écriront écrivaient Subjunctive Conditional Passé simple Imperfect subjunctive j' écrive écrirais écrivis écrivisse tu écrives écrirais écrivis écrivisses il écrive écrirait écrivit écrivît nous écrivions écririons écrivîmes écrivissions vous écriviez écririez écrivîtes écrivissiez ils écrivent écriraient écrivirent écrivissent Imperative (tu) écris (nous) écrivons (vous) écrivez Example Sentences "Collins French Verbs," which provides conjugations of dozens of French verbs, gives these examples of écrire as it is used in everyday French: Elle écrit des novels. > She writes the novels. Écrivez votre nom en aut de la feuille. > Write your name at the top of the page. Il ne nou écrivait jamals quand il était en France. > He never wrote to use when he was in France. Cite this Article Format mla apa chicago Your Citation Lawless, Laura K. "How to Conjugate the French Irregular Verb 'Écrire' ('to Write')." ThoughtCo, Aug. 27, 2020, thoughtco.com/ecrire-to-write-1370191. Lawless, Laura K. (2020, August 27). How to Conjugate the French Irregular Verb 'Écrire' ('to Write'). Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/ecrire-to-write-1370191 Lawless, Laura K. "How to Conjugate the French Irregular Verb 'Écrire' ('to Write')." 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