Languages › French How to Conjugate "Enlever" (to Remove, Take Off) Share Flipboard Email Print French Grammar Pronunciation & Conversation Vocabulary Resources For Teachers By ThoughtCo Updated January 22, 2020 When you want to say "to remove" or "to take off" in French, use the verb enlever. This is a different meaning than prendre (to take) or amener (to take or bring), so it's important to keep the three straight. To place enlever into the past tense "removed" or to the present tense "removing," a verb conjugation is required. There are a few challenges found in this conjugation, but a quick lesson will clear things up. Conjugating the French Verb Enlever Enlever is a stem-changing verb. As you can see from the table, the second 'E' often changes to an è. This is a common transformation found in verbs ending in -e_er. To conjugate enlever to the present, future, or imperfect past tense, pair the subject pronoun with the appropriate tense. For instance, "I remove" is "j'enlève" and "we will remove" is "nous enlèverons." Practicing these in context will make memorization a little easier. Subject Present Future Imperfect j' enlève enlèverai enlevais tu enlèves enlèveras enlevais il enlève enlèvera enlevait nous enlevons enlèverons enlevions vous enlevez enlèverez enleviez ils enlèvent enlèveront enlevaient The Present Participle of Enlever The present participle of enlever is enlevant. This is done by adding -ant to the verb stem and you'll notice the 'E' does not change here. This is a verb, of course, though it can also act as an adjective, gerund, or noun in some contexts. The Past Participle and Passé Composé The passé composé is a common way to express the past tense "removed" in French. It requires the past participle enlevé and a conjugation of the auxiliary verb avoir. For instance, "I removed" is "j'ai enlevé" and "we removed" is "nous avons enlevé." Notice how ai and avons are conjugates of avoir and that the past participle does not change. More Simple Enlever Conjugations There may also be times when you will need the following verb forms, though they're not as important as the others. Quite simply, the subjunctive and conditional verb forms are used when the verb's action is not guaranteed. Used with less frequency, you'll likely only find the passé simple and imperfect subjunctive in formal writing. Subject Subjunctive Conditional Passé Simple Imperfect Subjunctive j' enlève enlèverais enlevai enlevasse tu enlèves enlèverais enlevas enlevasses il enlève enlèverait enleva enlevât nous enlevions enlèverions enlevâmes enlevassions vous enleviez enlèveriez enlevâtes enlevassiez ils enlèvent enlèveraient enlevèrent enlevassent Very informal use of enlever is the imperative form. It's used in direct commands and requests and the subject pronoun is not required. Instead of "tu enlève," use "enlève" alone. Imperative (tu) enlève (nous) enlevons (vous) enlevez Learn to Conjugate the French Verb "Nettoyer" How to Conjugate the French Verb "Promener" (to Walk) Learn How to Conjugate "to Travel" in French How to Conjugate the French Verb "Payer" (to Pay) How Do You Conjugate "Laver" in French How Do You Conjugate "Lunch" in French? Learn How to Conjugate "Suggérer" (to Suggest) in French Here's How to Say "Shared" and "Sharing" in French Learn How to Conjugate "Rappeler" (to Call Back) in French "Snuff Out" the French Conjugations of "Éteindre" Conjugating "Lever" (Lift, Raise) When You Want "to Support" in French Use "Appuyer" "Try" Your Best to Conjugate "Essayer" How Do You Conjugate "Fuir" (to Flee) in French? How Is "Demander" Conjugated, You "Ask"? How Is "Détruire" (to Destroy) Conjugated in French?