French Regular -IR Verbs

How to conjugate regular -IR verbs in French

French IR conjugation

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. Regular -IR verbs are the second largest category of French verbs- see the next page for a list of some common -IR verbs.

The verb form that ends in -IR is called the infinitive (in English, the infinitive is the verb preceded by the word "to"), and -IR is the infinitive ending.

The verb with the infinitive ending removed is called the stem or radical. To conjugate -IR verbs, remove the infinitive ending to find the stem and add the endings in the table below.

French regular -IR verb conjugations

To conjugate an -IR verb in the present tense, remove the infinitive ending and then add the appropriate endings. For example, here are the present tense conjugations for the regular -IR verbs choisir (to choose), finir (to finish), and réussir (to succeed):
 
PronounEndingchoisir > chois-finir > fin-réussir > réuss-   
 je -ischoisisfinisréussis  
 tu -ischoisisfinisréussis  
 il -itchoisitfinitréussit  
 nous -issonschoisissonsfinissonsréussissons  
 vous -issezchoisissezfinissezréussissez  
 ils -issentchoisissentfinissentréussissent  
 
Regular -IR verbs share conjugation patterns in all tenses and moods.

French regular -IR verbs, the second largest group of French verbs, share a conjugation pattern. Here are just a few of the most common regular -IR verbs:

abolir   to abolish

agir   to act

avertir   to warn

bâtir   to build

bénir   to bless

choisir   to choose

établir   to establish

étourdir   to stun, deafen, make dizzy

finir   to finish

grossir   to gain weight, get fat

guérir   to cure, heal, recover

maigrir   to lose weight, get thin

nourrir   to feed, nourish

obéir   to obey

punir   to punish

réfléchir   to reflect, think

remplir   to to fill

réussir   to succeed

rougir   to blush, turn red

vieillir   to grow old


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