How to Conjugate "Marier" (to Marry)

Learn the Simple Conjugations for a Common French Verb

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The French verb for "to marry" is marier. It's a relatively easy word to memorize, but you still need to conjugate it when you want to say "married" or "will marry." A short French lesson will break it down and explain the simplest conjugations of marier.

Conjugations of the French Verb Marier 

French verb conjugations give you more words to memorize. That's because there is a different form of the verb for every subject pronoun as well as each tense. The good news is that marier follows a very common pattern.

Marier is a regular -ER verb. That means that if you've studied similar verbs such as danser (to dance) or entrer (to enter), then you can use the same infinitive endings you learned for marier.

The first step in any conjugation is to identify the verb stem. For marier, that is mari-. This is what you will attach the appropriate endings to.

Using the table, you can identify those endings. Simply pair the subject pronoun to the present, future, or imperfect past tense to learn the new verb. For example, "I am marrying" is "je marie" and "we will marry" is "nous marierons."

Subject Present Future Imperfect
je marie marierai mariais
tu maries marieras mariais
il marie mariera mariait
nous marions marierons mariions
vous mariez marierez mariiez
ils marient marieront mariaient

The Present Participle of Marier 

The present participle is created by adding -ant to the stem of marier. This forms mariant. It can be used as an adjective, gerund, or noun as well as a verb.

The Past Participle and Passé Composé

In French, the passé composé is another way to express the past tense "married." To form it, begin with the subject pronoun, add the appropriate conjugate of the auxiliary verb avoir, then attach the past participle marié.

It comes together rather easily. When you want to say "I married," use "j'ai marié." For "we married," you will say "nous avons marié."

More Simple Marier Conjugations to Learn

At first, concentrate on the forms of marier above because these are the most common and important. When you're ready, consider adding the following conjugations to your French vocabulary.

You can use the subjunctive verb mood when there's some question or uncertainty to the action of marrying. In a similar fashion, the conditional verb mood says that the action is dependent on something else. The passé simple and imperfect subjunctive are most often found in French literature.

Subject Subjunctive Conditional Passé Simple Imperfect Subjunctive
je marie marierais mariai mariasse
tu maries marierais marias mariasses
il marie marierait maria mariât
nous mariions marierions mariâmes mariassions
vous mariiez marieriez mariâtes mariassiez
ils marient marieraient marièrent mariassent

The imperative verb form can be useful when you want to use marier in exclamations and other short sentences. When using it, there's no need for the subject pronoun: use "marions" rather than "nous marions."

(tu) marie
(nous) marions
(vous) mariez
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