Languages › French How to Conjugate "Emmener" (to Take) Share Flipboard Email Print PhotoAlto / James Hardy / Getty Images French Grammar Pronunciation & Conversation Vocabulary Resources For Teachers by ThoughtCo Updated May 03, 2019 Similar to the verb, amener (to take or bring), emmener also means "to take" in French. This may be a simple verb, but conjugating it to the past, present, or future tense can be a little complicated. There are a few things to watch out for, which we'll examine in a short French lesson. Conjugating the French Verb Emmener When a verb ends with -e_er like emmener, the spelling needs to be changed for some of the conjugations. These are called stem-changing verbs and in many cases, the second 'E' changes to an accented è. While this may not make much difference in the pronunciation, it certainly does when you're writing it. If you pay attention to that small detail, the rest of the conjugations are easy. The infinitive endings that are attached to the verb stem are similar to those found in regular -er verbs, which make up the majority in the French language. If you have a few of those memorized, simply apply those endings to emmener. To conjugate emmener to mean "taking," "will take," or "took," match the subject pronoun to the appropriate tense. For instance, "I am taking" is "j'emmène" while "we will take" is "nous emmènerons." Practicing each of these in sample sentences will help you memorize them. Subject Present Future Imperfect j' emmène emmènerai emmenais tu emmènes emmèneras emmenais il emmène emmènera emmenait nous emmenons emmènerons emmenions vous emmenez emmènerez emmeniez ils emmènent emmèneront emmenaient The Present Participle of Emmener For emmener, the present participle is emmenant. There is no change to the verb stem, instead we simply add the ending -ant. Not only is this a verb, it may be used as an adjective, gerund, or noun as well. The Past Participle and Passé Composé The past tense can be formed using either the imperfect or the passé composé. To construct the latter, conjugate the auxiliary verb avoir, then attach the past participle emmené. As an example, "I took" is "j'ai emmené" and "we took" is "nous avons emmené." More Simple Emmener Conjugations There are a few more common conjugations of emmener that you may need to know. However, those discussed above should be a priority in your studies. When the verb's action is not guaranteed, you might use the subjunctive verb mood. Similarly, the conditional verb mood is used when something else needs to occur in order for the "taking" to happen. In formal writing, you might also encounter the passé simple or the imperfect subjunctive. Subject Subjunctive Conditional Passé Simple Imperfect Subjunctive j' emmène emmènerais emmenai emmenasse tu emmènes emmènerais emmenas emmenasses il emmène emmènerait emmena emmenât nous emmenions emmènerions emmenâmes emmenassions vous emmeniez emmèneriez emmenâtes emmenassiez ils emmènent emmèneraient emmenèrent emmenassent The imperative verb form is used for requests and demands. When using it, keep things short and sweet and drop the subject pronoun: use "emmène" rather than "tu emmène." Imperative (tu) emmène (nous) emmenons (vous) emmenez Continue Reading Learn How to Say "Confided" or "Confiding" in French "Dress" Up Your French With "Habiller" "Listen" for the Simple "Écouter" Conjugations Try Not to "Fall Asleep" Conjugating "Endormir" How Would You Conjugate "Exister" in French? Speaking French Well Begins With Conjugating Irregular Verbs You're "Invited" to Learn About the French "Inviter" You'll Find a French Lesson on "Désirer" Quite "Desireable" Have "Hope" That You'll Learn How to Conjugate "Espérer" You'll "Pick Up" the "Cueillir" Conjugations Before You Know It "Include" the Verb "Inclure" in Your French Vocabulary How Do You Conjugate the Verb "Dîner" (to Have Dinner) in French? How Do You Conjugate "Détendre" (to Release) in French? Don't Let the Conjugation of "Déranger" "Disturb" You Let Us "Provide" You With a Simple "Fournir" Conjugation Lesson "Direct" Your Attention to the Conjugations of "Diriger"