Languages › French A Step-By-Step Conjugation of "Intéresser" (to Interest) You Should Be "Interested" in These Useful French Verb Conjugations Share Flipboard Email Print John Seaton Callahan / Getty Images French Vocabulary Pronunciation & Conversation Grammar Resources For Teachers By ThoughtCo Updated January 27, 2019 "To interest" in French is the verb intéresser. It's relatively easy to remember, now you just need to know how to conjugate it. This will allow you to say "interested" or "have interest," as well as other common forms of the verb. Conjugating the French Verb Intéresser Intéresser is a regular -ER verb, which makes the conjugations easier to learn. That's because this is a very common verb pattern. If you've learned to conjugate words like cuisiner (to cook) or donner (to give), you'll recognize the endings for intéresser. The key to any conjugation is to recognize the verb stem. In the case of intéresser, that is intéress-. To this, we add a variety of infinitive endings to match both the subject pronoun and the tense of the sentence. For instance, "I have interest" is "j'intéresse" and "we will be interested" is "nous intéresserons." Subject Present Future Imperfect j' intéresse intéresserai intéressais tu intéresses intéresseras intéressais il intéresse intéressera intéressait nous intéressons intéresserons intéressions vous intéressez intéresserez intéressiez ils intéressent intéresseront intéressaient The Present Participle of Intéresser Useful as an adjective, gerund, or noun as well as a verb, the present participle of intéresser is intéressant. This is formed by adding -ant to the verb stem and is the standard way to form the participle. The Past Participle and Passé Composé The past participle intéressé is required to form the past tense passé composé. To complete it, you must also conjugate the auxiliary verb avoir and use the subject pronoun. For example, "I was interested" is "j'ai intéressé" and "we were interested" becomes "nous avons intéressé." More Simple Intéresser Conjugations to Know Beyond those simple conjugations, there are a few more forms of intéresser that you may need at times. The subjunctive verb mood, for instance, implies that the verb's action is questionable and not guaranteed. Similarly, when the action is dependent on something, the conditional verb mood is useful. If you read some French, it's likely that you will encounter the passé simple. Both it and the imperfect subjunctive are literary tenses and are good to know or, at least, be able to recognize. Subject Subjunctive Conditional Passé Simple Imperfect Subjunctive j' intéresse intéresserais intéressai intéressasse tu intéresses intéresserais intéressas intéressasses il intéresse intéresserait intéressa intéressât nous intéressions intéresserions intéressâmes intéressassions vous intéressiez intéresseriez intéressâtes intéressassiez ils intéressent intéresseraient intéressèrent intéressassent For short and often assertive commands and requests, use the imperative verb form. When doing so, skip the subject pronoun. Rather than sayin "tu intéresse," you can simplify it to "intéresse." Imperative (tu) intéresse (nous) intéressons (vous) intéressez How Do You Conjugate "Dépêcher" in French? Conjugate 'to Decide' Correctly in French to Be Fluent How Do You Conjugate "Fuir" (to Flee) in French? How Do You Conjugate "Visiter" (to Visit) in French? Don't "Conclude" Your French Studies Without Conjugating "Conclure" "Throw" the Conjugations of "Lancer" Into Your French Vocabulary Learn How to Conjugate "Prêter" (to Loan) in French How Do You Conjugate "Laver" in French How Is "Demander" Conjugated, You "Ask"? There's No "Disputing" the Conjugations of "Disputer" How Is "Détruire" (to Destroy) Conjugated in French? How Is "Employer" (to Use) Conjugated in French? How to Conjugate the French Verb "Durer" (to Last) How to Conjugate Chérir in French Conjugating "Lever" (Lift, Raise) "Try" Your Best to Conjugate "Essayer"