How to Conjugate "Inviter" (to Invite) in French

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As you might suspect, inviter means "to invite" in French. That's simple enough and very easy to remember. The next trick is to memorize all of the verb's conjugations. By doing so, you'll be able to complete sentences with "invited" and "inviting," among many other simple forms of the verb.

Conjugating the French Verb Inviter

French verbs are more complicated to conjugate than they are in English. That's because we need to take into account both the desired tense as well as the subject pronoun.

That means you have quite a few words to remember.

The good news is that inviter is a regular -ER verb and it uses the rules of a very familiar verb conjugation pattern. French students who have studied words like dessiner (to draw) and donner (to give), will recognize the endings used here.

As with all conjugations, begin by identifying the verb stem, invit-. From there, it's as simple finding the appropriate ending that matches the subject pronoun and the tense. For example, "I am inviting" in the simplest form is "j'invite" and "we will invite" is "nous inviterons."

SubjectPresentFutureImperfect
j'inviteinviteraiinvitais
tuinvitesinviterasinvitais
ilinviteinviterainvitait
nousinvitonsinviteronsinvitions
vousinvitezinviterezinvitiez
ilsinvitentinviterontinvitaient

The Present Participle of Inviter

The present participle of inviter is invitant. You'll notice that this was as simple as adding -ant to the verb stem.

It's a verb, of course, but in some contexts, it changes to an adjective, gerund, or noun.

The Past Participle and Passé Composé

The passé composé is a common way to express the past tense "invited" in French. This is easy to construct, just begin with a conjugate of the auxiliary verb avoir. Then, add the past participle invité.

It comes together as "j'ai invité" for "I invited" and "nous avons invité" for "we invited."

More Simple Inviter Conjugations to Know

The forms of inviter above should be your top priority for memorization. As you use French more often, you'll encounter other forms of the verb as well.

The subjunctive and conditional are verb moods and each implies that the verb's action is not guaranteed. When reading French, you'll find either the passé simple or the imperfect subjunctive forms.

SubjectSubjunctiveConditionalPassé SimpleImperfect Subjunctive
j'inviteinviteraisinvitaiinvitasse
tuinvitesinviteraisinvitasinvitasses
ilinviteinviteraitinvitainvitât
nousinvitionsinviterionsinvitâmesinvitassions
vousinvitiezinviteriezinvitâtesinvitassiez
ilsinvitentinviteraientinvitèrentinvitassent

The subject pronoun is required for all forms of inviter except the imperative. That's because these are very short statements, so we rely on the verb to tell us whom we're speaking of. In this case, simplify "tu invite" down to "invite."

 Imperative
(tu)invite
(nous)invitons
(vous)invitez