Languages › French How to Conjugate "Guérir" (to Cure, to Heal, to Recover) Share Flipboard Email Print Caiaimage/Trevor Adeline/Getty Images French Grammar Pronunciation & Conversation Vocabulary Resources For Teachers by ThoughtCo Updated May 20, 2019 The action of "healing" is described in French by using the verb guérir. Literally meaning "to cure," "to heal," or "to recover," it is a useful addition to your French vocabulary. Now, you just need to understand how to conjugate it. A quick lesson will demonstrate the simplest forms. Conjugating the French Verb Guérir Guérir is a regular -IR verb, meaning it follows a relatively common conjugation pattern. When you learn the endings for this verb, they can be applied to many others, including grandir (to grow) and grossir (to grow fat). As with any French verb conjugation, begin by identifying the verb stem. For guérir, this is guér-. To this, a variety of infinitive endings is added to match the subject pronoun with the present, future, or imperfect past tense. For example, "I am healing" is "je guéris" and "we will cure" is "nous guérirons." Subject Present Future Imperfect je guéris guérirai guérissais tu guéris guériras guérissais il guérit guérira guérissait nous guérissons guérirons guérissions vous guérissez guérirez guérissiez ils guérissent guériront guérissaient The Present Participle of Guérir Add -ant to the verb stem of guérir to create the present participle guérissant. It is a verb, though, in certain contexts, it can also be used as an adjective, gerund, or noun. The Past Participle and Passé Composé The past participle of guérir is guéri. This is used along with a conjugate of the auxiliary verb avoir to create a common past tense in French known as the passé composé. It's rather easy to construct: "I recovered" becomes "j'ai guéri" and "we have cured" is "nous avons guéri." More Simple Guérir Conjugations to Learn When the action of healing, curing, or recovering is somehow questionable or uncertain, you can use the subjunctive verb mood. In a similar fashion, if the action is dependent on something else also occurring, then the conditional verb form may be used. Those two are great for casual conversation, though the passé simple and the imperfect subjunctive are literary forms. While you may not use these yourself, it's a sound idea to be able to associate them with guérir." Subject Subjunctive Conditional Passé Simple Imperfect Subjunctive je guérisse guérirais guéris guérisse tu guérisses guérirais guéris guérisses il guérisse guérirait guérit guérît nous guérissions guéririons guérîmes guérissions vous guérissiez guéririez guérîtes guérissiez ils guérissent guériraient guérirent guérissent To express guérir in short requests and demands, the imperative verb mood is used. For this, there's no need to include the subject pronoun, so "tu guéris" can be simplified to "guéris." Imperative (tu) guéris (nous) guérissons (vous) guérissez Continue Reading How Do You Conjugate the Verb "Marcher" in French? You'll "Dance" Right Through Conjugations of "Danser" You'll Find a French Lesson on "Désirer" Quite "Desireable" Let Us "Provide" You With a Simple "Fournir" Conjugation Lesson Learn How "Grossir" Is Conjugated in French How Would You Say "to Close" in French? How to Conjugate the French Verb for Create Conjugate 'to Decide' Correctly in French to Be Fluent You're "Invited" to Learn About the French "Inviter" How to Conjugate Chérir in French Learn How to Conjugate "Répéter" (to Repeat) in French "Teach" Yourself How to Conjugate "Enseigner" Speaking French Well Begins With Conjugating Irregular Verbs "Take" the Conjugations of "Emmener" Seriously, They're Useful How Do You Conjugate "Visiter" (to Visit) in French? Learn It and This "Disparaître" Lesson Won't "Disappear"