Languages › French How to Conjugate "Fumer" (to Smoke) in French Simple Verb Conjugations to Say "Smoked" or "Smoking" Share Flipboard Email Print Tugdual Savi / EyeEm / Getty Images French Grammar Pronunciation & Conversation Vocabulary Resources For Teachers by ThoughtCo Updated August 20, 2017 How would you say "to smoke" in French? If you answered with the verb fumer, then you'd be correct. It's an easy one to remember if you associate it with the English "fume." It might also be helpful to know that when you need "to extinguish" a flame, you'll use the verb expliquer. Conjugating the French Verb Fumer Admittedly, French verb conjugations can be a challenge for French students. That's because there are more words to remember since we conjugate for all the subject pronouns within each tense. Yet, fumer is a regular -ER verb and this is the most common conjugation pattern in French. This makes it a little easier if you've worked with a few verbs before. As with all conjugations, we need to identify the verb stem, which is fum-. Then we can begin to add the many endings and form a complete sentence. For example, "I smoke" is "je fume" and "we will smoke" is "nous fumerons." Study this chart and practice the forms in context to make memorization a little quicker. Subject Present Future Imperfect je fume fumerai fumais tu fumes fumeras fumais il fume fumera fumait nous fumons fumerons fumions vous fumez fumerez fumiez ils fument fumeront fumaient The Present Participle of Fumer The present participle of fumer is fumant. Notice how this was as simple as adding -ant to the verb stem. It's a very useful word as it can be a verb, adjective, gerund, or noun depending on the context. The Past Participle and Passé Composé Beyond the imperfect, another common form of the past tense "smoked" is the passé composé. This is formed using the past participle fumé along with a conjugate of the auxiliary verb avoir. For example, "I smoked" is "j'ai fumé" while "we smoked" is "nous avons fumé." More Simple Fumer Conjugations to Learn Those are the most important forms of fumer and should be the top priority for memorization. There are more simple conjugations you may need at times and they're used in special circumstances. For instance, in a conversation when the act of smoking is not guaranteed, the subjunctive or the conditional verb mood may be used. If you do much reading in French, you will also encounter the passé simple. This form, as well as the imperfect subjunctive, may not be widely used, but they are good to know anyway. Subject Subjunctive Conditional Passé Simple Imperfect Subjunctive je fume fumerais fumai fumasse tu fumes fumerais fumas fumasses il fume fumerait fuma fumât nous fumions fumerions fumâmes fumassions vous fumiez fumeriez fumâtes fumassiez ils fument fumeraient fumèrent fumassent In short and direct commands and requests, we can drop the subject pronoun and simplify things in the imperative form. Rather than saying "tu fume," you can just use "fume." Imperative (tu) fume (nous) fumons (vous) fumez Continue Reading You're "Invited" to Learn About the French "Inviter" Let Us "Provide" You With a Simple "Fournir" Conjugation Lesson "Teach" Yourself How to Conjugate "Enseigner" How Would You Say "to Close" in French? You'll Need to Conjugate "Décrire" to Say "Described" in French You'll Find a French Lesson on "Désirer" Quite "Desireable" Conjugate 'to Decide' Correctly in French to Be Fluent You're Going to "Conquer" This French Verb Conjugation Speaking French Well Begins With Conjugating Irregular Verbs Don't "Disobey" the Verb Conjugation Rules For "DéSobéir" How Do You Conjugate the Verb "Marcher" in French? Use "Guérir" to Say "Cured" or "Healing" in French Learn How to Conjugate the French Verb "Réfléchir" (to Reflect) Learn How to Conjugate "Porter" (to Wear, Carry) in French Learn How to Conjugate "Obéir" (to Obey) in French "Try" Your Best to Conjugate "Essayer"