How to Conjugate "Fâcher" (to Make Angry)

Don't Let These French Verb Conjugations "Anger" You

The French verb fâcher means "to make angry." It's a rather fun word and shouldn't be too difficult to remember. When you want to say "made angry" or "is angering," a verb conjugation is necessary. A quick French lesson will show you how that's done.

Conjugating the French Verb Fâcher

Fâcher is a regular -ER verb. It follows the most common verb conjugation pattern in the French language. What that means for you is that you can apply the endings you learn here to similar verbs like admirer (to admire) and blesser (to hurt).

To change fâcher to the present, future, or imperfect past tense, pair the subject pronoun with the proper tense. The table demonstrates which verb ending is added to the stem fâch-. For instance, "I am angry" is "je fâche" while "we will be angry" is "nous fâcherons."

Admittedly, "to make angry" is not the easiest English conjugation, so you need to do some interpretation within the translation itself.

Subject Present Future Imperfect
je fâche fâcherai fâchais
tu fâches fâcheras fâchais
il fâche fâchera fâchait
nous fâchons fâcherons fâchions
vous fâchez fâcherez fâchiez
ils fâchent fâcheront fâchaient

The Present Participle of Fâcher

The present participle of fâcher is fâchant. This is done by adding -ant to the verb stem. Not only is this a verb, it can also become an adjective, gerund, or noun when needed.

The Past Participle and Passé Composé

The passé composé is a common form of the past tense "was angry" in French. To construct it, begin by conjugating the auxiliary verb avoir to fit the subject pronoun, then attach the past participle fâché.

As an example, "I was angry" becomes "j'ai fâché" and "we were angry" is "nous avons fâché."

More Simple Fâcher Conjugations to Learn

There are a few more simple verb conjugations you may encounter with fâcher. However, the present, future, and past tenses should be your first focus of study.

The subjunctive and conditional verb moods each imply that the verb's action is not guaranteed. Each has a slightly different meaning, but in some way express a question to the act of becoming angry.

In rare instances, you will come across either the passé simple or imperfect subjunctive. These are most often found in formal French writing, so you should be able to at least recognize them as a form of fâcher.

Subject Subjunctive Conditional Passé Simple Imperfect Subjunctive
je fâche fâcherais fâchai fâchasse
tu fâches fâcherais fâchas fâchasses
il fâche fâcherait fâcha fâchât
nous fâchions fâcherions fâchâmes fâchassions
vous fâchiez fâcheriez fâchâtes fâchassiez
ils fâchent fâcheraient fâchèrent fâchassent

The imperative verb form may be extremely useful with fâcher because it's used in short and assertive commands like, "Don't make me angry!" (Ne me fâche pas !). When using it, there's no need to include the subject pronoun: use "fâche" rather than "tu fâche."

Subject Imperative
(tu) fâche
(nous) fâchons
(vous) fâchez
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