Humanities › Languages How to Conjugate "Fournir" (to Furnish, to Provide) in French Let Us "Provide" You With a Simple Verb Conjugation Lesson Share Flipboard Email Print 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 September 13, 2017 "To furnish" or "to provide" in French requires the verb fournir. This is a regular verb, so French students will be happy to know that conjugating it to mean "furnished" or "providing" is pretty straightforward. Conjugating the French Verb Fournir In English, we use -ed and -ing endings to conjugate verbs. Things are more complicated in French because there's a new ending for each subject pronoun within each tense. This leaves you with more words to remember, but luckily fournir is a regular -IR verb and follows a relatively common conjugation pattern. As with any conjugation, we need to recognize that the verb stem is fourn-. It is only then that we can apply the various endings to form the present, future, or imperfect past tense. For example, "I am furnishing" is "je fournis" and "we will provide" is "nous fournirons." Subject Present Future Imperfect je fournis fournirai fournissais tu fournis fourniras fournissais il fournit fournira fournissait nous fournissons fournirons fournissions vous fournissez fournirez fournissiez ils fournissent fourniront fournissaient The Present Participle of Fournir Adding -ant to the verb stem of fournir gives us the present participle fournissant. It's quite useful because it can be an adjective, gerund, or noun as well as a verb. The Past Participle and Passé Composé To form the common past tense of the passé composé, we use the past participle fourni. This is preceded by a conjugate of avoir (an auxiliary, or "helping" verb) as well as the subject pronoun. As an example, "I furnished" is "j'ai fourni" and "we provided" is "nous avons fourni." More Simple Fournir Conjugations to Learn Those forms of fournir should be a priority for memorization. There will also be times when you will need or encounter other simple conjugations. The subjunctive verb mood, for instance, implies a degree of uncertainty to the verb. Likewise, the conditional verb mood says that the "providing" is dependent on something. In literature, you will likely find the passé simple. While you may not use it or the imperfect subjunctive yourself, it's a good idea to know that these are forms of fournir when reading French. Subject Subjunctive Conditional Passé Simple Imperfect Subjunctive je fournisse fournirais fournis fournisse tu fournisses fournirais fournis fournisses il fournisse fournirait fournit fournît nous fournissions fournirions fournîmes fournissions vous fournissiez fourniriez fournîtes fournissiez ils fournissent fourniraient fournirent fournissent In short, assertive requests and demands, the imperative verb form is used. For this, it's perfectly acceptable to drop the subject pronoun: use "fournis" rather than "tu fournis." Imperative (tu) fournis (nous) fournissons (vous) fournissez Continue Reading "Spend" Some Time Learning to Conjugate "Dépenser" in French Learn How to Say "Confided" or "Confiding" in French How Is "Marier" (to Marry) Conjugated in French? Can You Say "Cooked" or "Cooking" Using the French "Cuisiner"? "Concentrate" on the French Conjugation of "Concentrer" "Include" the Verb "Inclure" in Your French Vocabulary "Snuff Out" the French Conjugations of "Éteindre" How Do You Conjugate the Verb "Rire" (to Laugh) in French? Don't "Conclude" Your French Studies Without Conjugating "Conclure" "Decide" to Study the French Conjugations of "Décider" Once You Learn It, This "Disparaître" Lesson May Just "Disappear" How Do You Conjugate "Lunch" in French? "Teach" Yourself How to Conjugate "Enseigner" "Throw" the Conjugations of "Lancer" Into Your French Vocabulary How Do You Conjugate "Découvrir" in French? How Do You Conjugate "Décrire" (to Describe) in French?