Languages › French How to Conjugate "Grandir" (to Grow) Your French Vocabulary Will "Grow" With These Conjugations Share Flipboard Email Print Hero Images/Getty Images French Grammar Pronunciation & Conversation Vocabulary Resources For Teachers by ThoughtCo Updated February 02, 2019 "Grandir" is just one French verb that means "to grow." It's an easier word to remember than croître (to grow), especially if you associate it with the English "grand." This is a very useful word to know and you'll want to understand how to conjugate it to mean "growing" or "grew." Conjugating the French Verb Grandir Verb conjugations help us transform a verb into a particular tense, such as the past, present, or future. In French, this is done by adding infinitive endings to the verb stem, but there's a catch. Not only does the ending change with each tense, it also changes with each subject pronoun. That means you have more words to memorize, but with a little practice, it's not too bad. Luckily, grandir is a regular -IR verb and it follows a common pattern in the conjugations. For instance, in the je and tu present tense, an -s is added to the verb stem grand-. This gives use "je grandis" and "tu grandis," which mean "I am growing" or "you grow" respectively. For the future tense of nous, -irons is added to create "nous grandirons," a simple way of saying "we will grow." Subject Present Future Imperfect je grandis grandirai grandissais tu grandis grandiras grandissais il grandit grandira grandissait nous grandissons grandirons grandissions vous grandissez grandirez grandissiez ils grandissent grandiront grandissaient The Present Participle of Grandir The present participle of grandir is grandissant. This is not only a verb, but can become an adjective, gerund, or noun in certain contexts. The Past Participle and Passé Composé The past participle of grandir is grandi and it is used to form the past tense passé composé. To complete this, you must also conjugate the auxiliary verb avoir to fit the subject pronoun. For instance, "I grew" is "j'ai grandi" and "we grew" is "nous avons grandi." More Simple Grandir Conjugations to Learn Those are the most important verb conjugations of grandir and should be the priority of your studies. As your French improves, you'll find a use for a few more forms. In conversation, if you want to imply that the action of growing is somehow questionable, turn to the subjunctive verb mood. Similarly, the conditional verb mood says that the growth is dependent on something else. If you read much French, you will surely encounter the passé simple tense of grandir. It -- along with the imperfect subjunctive -- is a literary tense and learning (or, at least, recognizing) these will help your reading comprehension. Subject Subjunctive Conditional Passé Simple Imperfect Subjunctive je grandisse grandirais grandis grandisse tu grandisses grandirais grandis grandisses il grandisse grandirait grandit grandît nous grandissions grandirions grandîmes grandissions vous grandissiez grandiriez grandîtes grandissiez ils grandissent grandiraient grandirent grandissent The imperative verb form is used for short demands and requests. In keeping with this brief statement, simplify it and do not include the subject pronoun: use "grandis" rather than "tu grandis." Imperative (tu) grandis (nous) grandissons (vous) grandissez Continue Reading You'll Find a French Lesson on "Désirer" Quite "Desireable" You'll "Cherish" This Simple French Verb Conjugation, Mon Chéri Speaking French Well Begins With Conjugating Irregular Verbs "Concentrate" on the French Conjugation of "Concentrer" You'll Need to Conjugate "Décrire" to Say "Described" in French How Do You Conjugate "Maintenir" (To Maintain) in French? Learn How to Say "Confided" or "Confiding" in French How Do Conjugate "Gagner" in French? How Would You Conjugate "Exister" in French? "Throw" the Conjugations of "Lancer" Into Your French Vocabulary "Include" the Verb "Inclure" in Your French Vocabulary How Do You Conjugate "Visiter" (to Visit) in French? "Spend" Some Time Learning to Conjugate "Dépenser" in French Conjugate 'to Decide' Correctly in French to Be Fluent How Is "Marier" (to Marry) Conjugated in French? How Do You Conjugate the Verb "Marcher" in French?