Languages › French How to Conjugate "Éviter" (to Avoid) Don't "Avoid" This French Verb Conjugation Share Flipboard Email Print French Grammar Pronunciation & Conversation Vocabulary Resources For Teachers By ThoughtCo Updated July 31, 2017 In French, éviter is the verb that means "to avoid." When you want to say "avoided," "avoiding," or "will avoid," the verb needs to be conjugated. This can be a challenge with some words, but éviter is a little easier because it follows a standard pattern. Conjugating the French Verb Éviter Éviter is a regular -ER verb. It follows the same verb conjugation pattern as other verbs such as emprunter (to borrow) and durer (to last). This is the most common pattern in the French language. As you learn more of these conjugations, each new one gets a little easier. The simplest conjugations transform the verb into the present, future, or imperfect past tense. Unlike English where the -ed and -ing endings apply to all subjects, the French verb endings change with each subject pronoun as well as each tense. Use the table to study the various forms of éviter and practice them in context. Simply pair the subject pronoun with the appropriate tense: "I avoid" is "j'évite" and "we will avoid" is "nous éviterons." Subject Present Future Imperfect j' évite éviterai évitais tu évites éviteras évitais il évite évitera évitait nous évitons éviterons évitions vous évitez éviterez évitiez ils évitent éviteront évitaient The Present Participle of Éviter The verb stem of éviter is évit-. We can add -ant to that and create the present participle évitant. This is very useful because it can be an adjective, gerund, or noun as well as a verb. The Past Participle and Passé Composé A common way to form the past tense "avoided" in French is with the passé composé. To do this, conjugate the auxiliary verb avoir to fit the subject pronoun, then attach the past participle évité. For instance, "I avoided" is "j'ai évité" and "we avoided" is "nous avons évité." More Simple Éviter Conjugations Among these simple conjugations of éviter, concentrate and practice the verb forms above before moving on. The following conjugations are used less often, but they are useful as you improve your profiecency. For example, the subjunctive verb form can be used when the verb's action is subjective. Likewise, if the verb is dependent on condition -- if this happens, then this will happen -- use the conditional verb form. The passé simple and imperfect subjunctive are found most often in writing. Subject Subjunctive Conditional Passé Simple Imperfect Subjunctive j' évite éviterais évitai évitasse tu évites éviterais évitas évitasses il évite éviterait évita évitât nous évitions éviterions évitâmes évitassions vous évitiez éviteriez évitâtes évitassiez ils évitent éviteraient évitèrent évitassiez The imperative verb form is used for exclamations, requests, and demands. When using it, keep things short and sweet and drop the subject pronoun: use "évite" rather than "tu évite." Imperative (tu) évite (nous) évitons (vous) évitez How to Conjugate "Éteindre" (to Extinguish, to Snuff Out) How to Conjugate "Marcher" (to Walk; to Function, Work) How to Conjugate the French Verb "Promener" (to Walk) Learn the Basic Conjugations of "Sonner" (to Sing) How to Conjugate "Enlever" (to Remove, Take Off) How to Conjugate "Déjeuner" (to Have Lunch) How to Conjugate "Dépêcher" How to Conjugate "Exister" (to Exist) in French How to Conjugate "Demander" (to Ask) in French How to Conjugate Décider, to Decide, in French How to Conjugate "Conquérir" (to Conquer) How to Conjugate "Jouir" (to Enjoy) in French How to Conjugate "Crier" (to Shout, to Scream) in French How to Conjugate "Durer" (to Last) Conjugating the Verb Fuir (to Flee) How to Conjugate "Convenir"