Languages › French Conjugating French Regular -ER Verbs Share Flipboard Email Print Chanter: French for "to sing". Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung / Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0 French Grammar Pronunciation & Conversation Vocabulary Resources For Teachers by ThoughtCo Updated February 10, 2019 There are five main kinds of verbs in French: regular -ER, -IR, -RE; stem-changing; and irregular. Once you've learned the rules of conjugation for each of the first three kinds of verbs, you should have no problem conjugating regular verbs in each of those categories. The majority of French verbs are regular -ER verbs. French Regular -ER Verb Conjugations The verb form that ends in -ER is called the infinitive, and -ER is the infinitive ending. The verb with the infinitive ending removed is called the stem or radical. To conjugate -ER verbs, remove the infinitive ending to find the stem and add the endings. The table lists the present tense conjugations for the regular -ER verbs parler (to speak or talk), donner (to give), and visiter (to visit). To help with learning, the infinitive form is listed (such as parler) followed by the stem (such as parl-). Pronoun Ending parler > parl- donner > donn- visiter > visit- je -e parle donne visite tu -es parles donnes visites il -e parle donne visite nous -ons parlons donnons visitons vous -ez parlez donnez visitez ils -ent parlent donnent visitent Regular -ER verbs share conjugation patterns in all tenses and moods. More -ER Verb Conjugations: Penser The rules for conjugating regular -ER verbs remain the same throughout all tenses and moods: That's why they the are called "regular" -ER verbs. For your studies, it can be helpful, however, to view all the conjugations for all tenses of moods of a regular -ER verb, such as penser (to think). Remember that to conjugate this regular -ER verb, simply take the stem -pense and then add the appropriate endings. Pronoun Present Future Imperfect je pense penserai pensais tu penses penseras pensais il pense pensera pensait nous pensons penserons pensions vous pensez penserez pensiez ils pensent penseront pensaient Pronoun Subjunctive Conditional Passé Simple Imperfect Subjunctive je pense penserais pensai pensasse tu penses penserais pensas pensasses il pense penserait pensa pensât nous pensions penserions pensâmes pensassions vous pensiez penseriez pensâtes pensassiez ils pensent penseraient pensèrent pensassent Pronoun Imperative tu pense nous pensons vous pensez Some Common French Regular -ER Verbs Take some time to familiarize yourself with the most common regular -ER verbs, because you're likely to encounter these words often when reading or speaking French. They all share the same conjugation patterns, with a few exceptions noted below. aimer > to like, to lovearriver > to arrive, to happenchanter > to singchercher > to look forcommencer > to begindanser > to dancedemander > to ask fordépenser > to spend (money)détester > to hatedonner > to giveécouter > to listen toétudier > to studyfermer > to closegoûter > to tastejouer > to playlaver > to washmanger > to eatnager > to swimparler > to talk, to speakpasser > to pass, spend (time)porter > to wear, to carryrêver > to dreamsembler > to seemskier > to skitravailler > to worktrouver > to findvoler > to fly, to steal A Few Exceptions All regular -ER verbs are conjugated according to the regular -ER verb conjugation pattern, except for one small irregularity in verbs that end in -ger and -cer, which are known as spelling-change verbs. Examples of this kind of conjugation would be commencer (to begin), manger (to eat), nager (to swim), and skier (to ski). Though they are conjugated just like regular -ER verbs, watch out for verbs that end in -IER, such as étudier (to study). Continue Reading How to Conjugate the Verb "Skier" ("to Ski")? How to Conjugate the French Verb Étudier ('to Study) How to Conjugate French Regular '-IR' Verbs How to Conjugate the French Regular '-er' Verb 'Montrer' ('to Show') How to Conjugate the French Verb 'Participer' ('to Participate') All About the Regular French Verb 'Laisser' ('to Leave, to Lose') How to Conjugate the French Verb 'Rater' ('to Miss, Fail') How to Conjugate Regular -RE Verbs in French Conjugating the French '-er' Verb 'Maquiller' ('to Make up Someone') The French Verb "Donner" Has a Lot "To Give" Conjugating Regular French Verbs in the Subjunctive How Does the Past Tense Work in French? To Return: How to Conjugate "Retourner" in French How Do You Conjugate "Visiter" (to Visit) in French? Conjugate 'to Decide' Correctly in French to Be Fluent When You Want "to Support" in French Use "Appuyer"