How to Conjugate "Influencer" (to Influence) in French

A Lesson in Forming Simple Conjugations of a Spelling Change Verb

As you might suspect, the French verb influencer means "to influence." Yet, when you want to say "influenced" in the past tense or "influencing" in the present tense, you'll need to know how to conjugate the verb. A quick lesson will introduce you to the most important conjugations you'll need.

The Basic Conjugations of Influencer

French verb conjugations are not the easiest lessons and some are more challenging than others.

Influencer is a spelling change verb and that may sound scary at first, but it's not bad and there's a good reason for it.

The spelling change affects the c at the end of the verb stem influenc-. Typically, when that letter is followed by the vowels a or o, the sound is hard as in "cat." To retain the soft c sound in the conjugations with endings that begin with these vowels, the c changes to a ç.

Other than that minor difference in some verb forms, influencer is conjugated like a regular -er verb. Using the chart, you can study these conjugations by pairing the subject pronoun with the present, future, and imperfect past tenses. As an example, j'influence means "I am influencing" and nous influencions means "we influenced."

 Present Future Imperfect
j'influenceinfluenceraiinfluençais
tuinfluencesinfluencerasinfluençais
ilinfluenceinfluencerainfluençait
nousinfluençonsinfluenceronsinfluencions
vousinfluencezinfluencerezinfluenciez
ilsinfluencentinfluencerontinfluençaient

The Present Participle of Influencer

Due to the -ant ending used to form the present participle of influencer, the spelling change is required here as well. That gives us the word influençant.

Influencer in the Compound Past Tense

Passé composé is another way to say "influenced" in French. This compound past tense requires the past participle influencé and an auxiliary verb.

To form this, conjugate avoir into the present tense for the subject, then add influencé. This leaves us with phrases such as j'ai influencé (I influenced) and nous avons influencé (we influenced).

More Simple Conjugations of Influencer

Among the other simple conjugations you may need for influencer are the subjunctive and the conditional. Both give the act of influencing some uncertainty, though the conditional says it will only happen under certain conditions.

If you read or write much French, you will likely encounter the passé simple and the imperfect subjunctive. These are literary tenses and used frequently in formal French writing.

 SubjunctiveConditionalPassé SimpleImperfect Subjunctive
j'influenceinfluenceraisinfluençaiinfluençasse
tuinfluencesinfluenceraisinfluençasinfluençasses
ilinfluenceinfluenceraitinfluençainfluençât
nousinfluencionsinfluencerionsinfluençâmesinfluençassions
vousinfluenciezinfluenceriezinfluençâtesinfluençassiez
ilsinfluencentinfluenceraientinfluencèrentinfluençassent

It is possible that you will find some uses for influencer in the French imperative. When you do use it, all formality is dropped and you can skip the subject pronoun.

 Imperative
(tu)influence
(nous) influençons
(vous)influencez