Languages › French French Irregular -RE Verbs Learn the conjugation patterns for irregular French -re verbs. Share Flipboard Email Print Dave and Les Jacobs / Getty Images French Grammar Pronunciation & Conversation Vocabulary Resources For Teachers By ThoughtCo Updated February 21, 2020 Irregular verbs are so named because they do not follow any of the regular conjugation patterns. But that doesn't mean that every irregular French verb is unique; many of them share a conjugation pattern with at least one other verb. By learning how to conjugate one verb in a group and memorizing the list of similar verbs, you'll be able to conjugate all the verbs in that group. French has five irregular -RE verb patterns. The first group includes prendre and all of its derivations (comprendre, etc). These verbs drop the d in all three plural forms and also double the n in the third person plural. The second group includes battre and all of its derivations (débattre, etc). These verbs drop the stem's final t in the singular forms. The third group includes mettre and all of its derivations (promettre, etc). These verbs are conjugated just like battre verbs in the present tense, but I consider them a separate group because they are conjugated differently in the passé simple, imperfect subjunctive, and past participle. (As you can see in the table below, the first three groups take the same present tense verb endings.) The fourth group of irregular -RE verbs includes rompre and its derivations (corrompre, etc). These verbs are conjugated exactly like regular -RE verbs with the single exception of the third person singular present tense, which adds a t after the stem. The fifth group of irregular -RE verbs includes all verbs that end in -aindre (e.g., craindre), -eindre (like peindre), and -oindre (such as joindre). These verbs drop the d in the root in all forms, and add a g in front of the n in the plural forms. The rest of the irregular -RE verbs have unique or unwieldy conjugations, so you have to memorize each one separately. Try working on one verb a day until you've mastered them all: absoudre, boire, clore, conclure, conduire, confire, connaître, coudre, croire, dire, écrire, faire, inscrire, lire, moudre, naître, plaire, rire, suivre, vivre.Click any verb for the complete table of conjugations in all of the simple tenses and moods: Group 1 Group 2 Group 3 Pronoun Endings prendre > pren(d)- battre > bat(t) mettre > met(t) je -s prends bats mets tu -s prends bats mets il - prend bat met nous -ons prenons battons mettons vous -ez prenez battez mettez ils -ent prennent battent mettent Group 4 Group 5 Pronoun Endings rompre > romp- craindre > crain-/craign- je -s romps crains tu -s romps crains il -t rompt craint nous -ons rompons craignons vous -ez rompez craignez ils -ent rompent craignent Cite this Article Format mla apa chicago Your Citation ThoughtCo. "French Irregular -RE Verbs." ThoughtCo, Aug. 26, 2020, thoughtco.com/french-irregular-re-verbs-1368868. ThoughtCo. (2020, August 26). French Irregular -RE Verbs. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/french-irregular-re-verbs-1368868 ThoughtCo. "French Irregular -RE Verbs." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/french-irregular-re-verbs-1368868 (accessed April 18, 2021). copy citation How to Conjugate the French Verb 'Craindre' ('to Fear') How to Conjugate the French Irregular Verb 'Écrire' ('to Write') Conjugating the Irregular French Verb 'Conduire' ('to Drive') The French Verb 'Joindre' ('to Join') The Irregular French Verb 'Apprendre' ('to Learn') How to Conjugate the Irregular French Verb "Croire" All About French Irregular '-ir' Verbs Learn to Conjugate the French Irregular Verb Lire (to Read) Conjugate the Irregular French Verb Boire (to Drink) How to Conjugate the French Verb 'Peindre' ('to Paint') How to Conjugate the Irregular French Verb 'Construire' ('to Build') Conjugate the Irregular French Verb Connaître, to Know How to Conjugate the French Verb 'Battre' (to Beat) French Verb Prendre Conjugation Conjugating Regular French Verbs in the Subjunctive How to Conjugate the French Verb 'Promettre'