Languages › French How to Conjugate 'Laver' (to Wash) in French Share Flipboard Email Print © Philippe LEJEANVRE / Getty Images French Vocabulary Pronunciation & Conversation Grammar Resources For Teachers By ThoughtCo Updated January 14, 2020 When you want to say "to wash" in French, use the verb laver. Alternatively, if you're going to wash someone or something else, baigner is used. Laver is relatively easy to remember because it sounds like "lather," which is what soap does. Conjugating the French Verb Laver In order to change laver to mean "washed," "washing," or "will wash," a conjugation is required. While there are more forms to learn in French than in English, laver is a regular -ER verb and it follows a standard pattern. Before you can conjugate laver, identify the verb stem, which is simply lav- This is what we will attach the infinitive endings too. In French, we have multiple endings to remember for each tense. That's because each subject pronoun requires a new ending. For instance, "I am washing" is " je lave" and "you are washing" is "tu laves." Likewise, "nous laverons" means "we will wash" while "I will wash" is "je laverai." Subject Present Future Imperfect je lave laverai lavais tu laves laveras lavais il lave lavera lavait nous lavons laverons lavions vous lavez laverez laviez ils lavent laveront lavaient The Present Participle of Laver Adding -ant to the verb stem of laver results in the present participle lavant. Not only is this a verb, but it can also become a noun, adjective, or gerund in certain contexts. The Past Participle and Passé Composé Beyond the imperfect, you can use the passé composé to express the past tense "washed" in French. To construct this, begin with the subject pronoun and a conjugate of the auxiliary verb avoir. Then, attach the past participle lavé. For example, "I washed" is "j'ai lavé" and "we washed" is "nous avons lavé." More Simple Laver Conjugations to Learn It's best to concentrate on the above forms of laver and commit them to memory first. When you're comfortable with those, add the following forms to your vocabulary. You may not use them often, but they are useful. The subjunctive verb mood implies uncertainty while the conditional form says the action is dependent on something else. In literature, you will find the passé simple or the imperfect subjunctive in use. Subject Subjunctive Conditional Passé Simple Imperfect Subjunctive je lave laverais lavai lavasse tu laves laverais lavas lavasses il lave laverait lava lavât nous lavions laverions lavâmes lavassions vous laviez laveriez lavâtes lavassiez ils lavent laveraient lavèrent lavassent The imperative verb form is useful for short demands and requests. This is the one time when it's acceptable to skip the subject pronoun: use "lave" rather than "tu lave." Imperative (tu) lave (nous) lavons (vous) lavez Conjugating the Verb Fuir (to Flee) How to Conjugate "Crier" (to Shout, to Scream) in French How to Conjugate "Marcher" (to Walk; to Function, Work) How to Conjugate "Désirer" (to Desire) "Dinner" is "Dîner": Easy to Remember and Simple to Conjugate How to Conjugate "Baigner" (to Bathe) How to Conjugate "Écouter" (to Listen to) in French How to Conjugate "Cueillir" (to Gather, Pick Up) How to Conjugate "Lever" in French How to Conjugate "Demander" (to Ask) in French How to Conjugate "Fermer" (to Close) How to Conjugate "Lancer" (to Throw) in French How to Conjugate "Jouir" (to Enjoy) in French How to Conjugate "Répéter" (to Repeat) in French How to Conjugate "Louer" (to Rent) How to Conjugate the French Verb "Nettoyer"