Languages › French French Verb Conjugator: How To Conjugate French Verbs Bookmark this page of common regular and irregular verb conjugations. Share Flipboard Email Print Westend61 / Getty Images French Grammar Pronunciation & Conversation Vocabulary Resources For Teachers by Camille Chevalier-Karfis Updated October 19, 2017 Conjugating French verbs can be a real nightmare. But below are some rules to live by when pondering how to conjugate regular and irregular verbs. Plus, you'll find the conjugations of the top 10 verbs in the French language. Bookmark this page! You'll return to it often. What Does It Mean to Conjugate a Verb? In French, as in English, the verb may change according to the person who is speaking and the context: I am, you she/he/it is, we/you/they are, she danced, he ran, we sang, she could have had... That is what conjugating a verb means. It's basically finding the correct verb form according to components of the sentence: the subject, the tense, the mood and the voice. French Verb Conjugations In English, there are irregular verb tenses like "sing, sang, sung" that you have to learn by heart. Otherwise, it's usually a question of adding an "s" to he/she/it form in the present (she talks), "ed" in the past (she talked), and "will" and "would" for the future and conditional (she will talk, she would talk). Of course, this is a simplification. But overall, conjugating an English verb is not so difficult. French verbs typically have different endings for almost every subject pronoun (je, tu, il-elle-on, nous, vous, ils-elles), and the same for the tenses and moods. So coming up with the right ending, even if you know which tense to use, can be a real challenge. Regular French Verb Conjugations Some verbs have predictable conjugation patterns, which makes conjugating them a bit easier. See how these regular verb types are conjugated: regular -er verbsregular -ir verbsregular -re verbs Irregular French Verb Conjugations But these irregularities make conjugating them harder. In the chart below are the most common French irregular verbs. At the very top of the list are être (to be) and avoir (to have), which are used to build compound tenses in French (such as passé composé; these are called auxiliary verbs. J'ai étudié > I studiedJe suis allé(e) > I went Conjugations of the Most Common French Irregular Verbs Conjugation of Être Conjugation of Pouvoir Conjugation of Avoir Conjugation of Devoir Conjugation of Aller Conjugation of Prendre Conjugation of Faire Conjugation of Dire Conjugation of Vouloir Conjugation of Savoir There is a substantial difference between their written from and their pronunciation. So first review your English grammar a bit, and then follow these links in order to get a sense for it all. What is a verb mood ? What is a verb voice?What is a verb tense?A tense refers to a verb form that expresses the time of the verb's action. Make sure you read these links thoroughly. They will usually tell you when to use the tense and how to build this tense in French.* Le Présent - Present* L' Imparfait - Imperfect* Le Passé composé - Present perfect* Le Passé simple - Preterite, Simple past* Le Plus-que-parfait - Pluperfect* Le Futur - Future* Le Futur antérieur - Future perfect Once you've understood the logic behind the conjugations, you need to practice them in context. (There is theory, and then there is practice.) Learning French in context is the best way to memorize both grammar and vocabulary. How To Memorize French Verb Conjugations Concentrate on the most useful tenses (présent, imparfait, passé composé) and get used to using them in context. Then once you've mastered them, move on to the rest. Also strongly recommended: training with an audio source. There are many liaisons, elisions and modern glidings used with French verbs, and the written form may fool you into a mistaken pronunciation. Continue Reading Conjugating Regular French Verbs in the Subjunctive You'll "Pick Up" the "Cueillir" Conjugations Before You Know It Conjugating the Regular French Verb 'Aimer' ('to Like, Love') You "Must" Learn How to Conjugate Devoir How to Master Conjugation of the French Verb 'Aller' How to Conjugate Être Will You "Admit" That Conjugating "Admettre" Is a Challenge? Do You Know How to Say "Heated" in French? Do You Know the Correct Way to Conjugate the French Verb 'Pouvoir?' Learn How to Conjugate the French Irregular Verb Venir Avoir: Conjugation of This Major Irregular French Verb How to Conjugate the French Verb Finir How to Conjugate the French Verb for Create Speaking French Well Begins With Conjugating Irregular Verbs You'll Need to Conjugate "Décrire" to Say "Described" in French Learn It and This "Disparaître" Lesson Won't "Disappear"