Languages › French The Simple Conjugations of "Manquer" (to Miss) Share Flipboard Email Print Blend Images/John Lund/Getty Images French Vocabulary Pronunciation & Conversation Grammar Resources For Teachers By ThoughtCo Updated November 25, 2019 When you want to say "missed" or "missing" in French, you'll use the verb manquer. However, to get that past or present tense, a conjugation is required and this lesson will show you how that's done. The Basic Conjugations of Manquer Manquer is a regular -er verb so it follows the conjugation pattern that most French verbs use. For instance, words like pratiquer (to practice) and rêver (to dream) use the same endings you'll use for manquer. Studying a few of these at the same time makes each a little easier to remember. Once you know that the verb stem (or radical) for manquer is manqu-, you can add the appropriate endings. This first chart covers the indicative mood and the basic present, future, and imperfect past tenses. All you need to do is match the subject pronoun with the appropriate tense for your subject. This gives you results such as je manque for "I am missing" and nous manquions for "we missed." Present Future Imperfect je manque manquerai manquais tu manques manqueras manquais il manque manquera manquait nous manquons manquerons manquions vous manquez manquerez manquiez ils manquent manqueront manquaient The Present Participle of Manquer For regular -er verbs, the present participle is formed with an -ant ending. This gives you the word manquant. Manquer in the Compound Past Tense The past tense can be either the imperfect or the passé composé in French. For the latter, you'll need the past participle manqué and the present tense conjugate of the auxiliary verb avoir. Forming this compound is quite simple. For example, "I missed" is j'ai manqué and "we missed" is nous avons manqué. More Simple Conjugations of Manquer Among the other basic conjugations you may need for manquer are the subjunctive and the conditional. The former is useful when you don't know if the act of missing will happen or not. The latter is for those times when the act is dependent on certain conditions. Though they're used less frequently, it is still good to know the passé simple and the imperfect subjunctive. These are literary tenses which you'll encounter most often in written French, especially formal literature. Subjunctive Conditional Passé Simple Imperfect Subjunctive je manque manquerais manquai manquasse tu manques manquerais manquas manquasses il manque manquerait manqua manquât nous manquions manquerions manquâmes manquassions vous manquiez manqueriez manquâtes manquassiez ils manquent manqueraient manquèrent manquassent The French imperative gets right to the point and these assertive statements do not require the subject pronoun. Instead of tu manque, you can simply say manque. Imperative (tu) manque (nous) manquons (vous) manquez Learn How to Conjugate "Prêter" (to Loan) in French Learn to Conjugate the French Verb "Tuer" (to Kill) Learn How to Say "Singing" and "Sang" in French Learn How to Conjugate "Suggérer" (to Suggest) in French How to Conjugate "Préparer" (to Prepare) in French The Conjugations of "Pluerer" (to Cry) in French Learn How to Conjugate "Se Taire" (to Be Quiet) in French Learn How to Conjugate "Placer" (to Place) in French Learn How to Say "Protected" in French Using "Protéger" Learn How to Say "Mowed" and "Mowing" in French To Return: How to Conjugate "Retourner" in French Learn How to Say "I Broke" in French Using "Rompre" Learn How to Conjugate "Obéir" (to Obey) in French Learn How to Conjugate "Remplir" (to Fill) in French How to Conjugate "Valoir" (to Value) in French Learn to Say "Wished" and "Wishing" in French Using "Souhaiter"