Humanities › Languages How to Conjugate "Élire" (to Elect" "Elect" to Learn These Tricky French Verb Conjugations Share Flipboard Email Print Alain Le Bot/Getty Images 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 January 28, 2019 In French, the verb élire means "to elect." Whenever you want to use it in the past tense "elected" or the future tense "will elect," you will need to conjugate the verb. French students know that this can be a challenge and élire is one of those tricky irregular verbs. Conjugating the French Verb Élire French verb conjugations are more complex than they are in English. That's because the verb endings change not only with the tense of the sentence but also with the subject pronoun. Élire is an irregular verb and it's similar to other words like lire (to read), réélire (to re-elect), and relire (to re-read, replay). While this is not the most common conjugation pattern, these few words do make learning the entire group a little easier. To conjugate élire, pair the subject pronoun with the tense. For instance, "I elect" is "j'élis" while "we will elect" is "nous élirons." Practice each of these in context to learn how to use them in your French conversations. Subject Present Future Imperfect j' élis élirai élisais tu élis éliras élisais il élit élira élisait nous élisons élirons élisions vous élisez élirez élisiez ils élisent éliront élisaient The Present Participle of Élire The present participle is another verb form that you should know. To form it, add -ant to the verb stem to produce élisant. Beyond using it as a verb, you will also find it helpful as an adjective, gerund, or noun in some circumstances. The Past Participle and Passé Composé For the past tense of élire, you can choose either the imperfect or the passé composé. To construct the latter, begin with the subject pronoun and conjugate the auxiliary verb avoir to match it. Then, attach the past participle élu. The passé composé comes together quickly: "I have elected" is "j'ai élu" and "we elected" is "nous avons élu." More Simple Élire Conjugations Among other simple conjugations of élire that French students should know are the following. You may not use them often, but they can be quite handy to know. In rare instances, and primarily when reading or writing, you may see the passé simple or the imperfect subjunctive. More frequently, the subjunctive and conditional verb moods are used. Each implies no guarantee to the verb's action in some form or fashion. Subject Subjunctive Conditional Passé Simple Imperfect Subjunctive j' élise élirais élus élusse tu élises élirais élus élusses il élise élirait élut élût nous élisions élirions élûmes élussions vous élisiez éliriez élûtes élussiez ils élisent éliraient élurent élussent To use élire in exclamations, demands, and short requests, use the imperative form. When doing so, skip the subject pronoun and use "élis" rather than "tu élis." Imperative (tu) élis (nous) élisons (vous) élisez Continue Reading "Borrow" a Quick Conjugation Lesson for "Emprunter" You'll "Shine" at Conjugating the French Verb "Briller" How Do You Conjugate "Décrire" (to Describe) in French? Learn How to Say "Mowed" and "Mowing" in French You'll "Pick Up" the "Cueillir" Conjugations Before You Know It You Will Be "Attracted" to the French Verb "Attirer" "Embrace" the Lesson in Conjugating "Embrasser" in French "Snuff Out" the French Conjugations of "Éteindre" Learn How to Say "Drawing" or "Drew" in French How Do You Conjugate "Worry" in (Inquiéter) in French? The French Verb "Donner" Has a Lot "To Give" Does "Causer" Mean "to Cause" or "to Chat" in French? Don't Let Conjugating "Fâcher" Make You "Angry" What If You Want to Say Get "Rid of" in French? Once You Learn It, This "Disparaître" Lesson May Just "Disappear" How Would You Say "to Grow" in French? Let's Use "Croître"