Languages › French How to Conjugate "Mener" (to Lead) Simple Conjugations for a Simple French Verb Share Flipboard Email Print Photo_Concepts/Getty Images French Vocabulary Pronunciation & Conversation Grammar Resources For Teachers By ThoughtCo Updated January 27, 2019 The French verb mener means "to lead." It's a simple word, but there is one little trick to learning its conjugations. A quick lesson will show you what that is so you can properly say "I led" or "we will lead." Conjugations of the French Verb Mener Mener is a stem-changing verb. It follows some rules that apply to most verbs that end in -e_er, such as lever (to lift). Essentially, the "stem change" appears in certain verb forms where the first e is changed to è. While it doesn't affect the pronunciation, the spelling does change, so pay attention to this. Other than that one simple change, mener is conjugated in a similar manner to regular -er verbs, which is the most common pattern found in French. This is great news because, with each new one you learn, they become easier. To study these conjugations, begin by identifying the verb stem: men-. Then, you will match the subject pronoun with the appropriate tense for your subject. For example, "I am leading" is "je mène" and "we will lead" is "nous ménerons." Subject Present Future Imperfect je mène mènerai menais tu mènes mèneras menais il mène mènera menait nous menons mènerons menions vous menez mènerez meniez ils mènent mèneront menaient The Present Participle of Mener The present participle of mener is menant. To form this, we simply added -ant to the stem. This is a verb, of course, but in some contexts, it can become an adjective, gerund, or noun as well. The Past Participle and Passé Composé Another way to express the past tense "led" is to use the passé composé. It's a simple construction that uses the past participle mené. You will also need to conjugate avoir (an auxiliary verb) to fit the subject pronoun. For example, "I led" is "j'ai mené" while "we led" is "nous avons mené." More Simple Mener Conjugations to Learn After you memorize all of those forms of mener, think about adding a few more simple conjugations to your vocabulary. They can be quite useful at times. For instance, if you need to imply uncertainty to the action, use the subjunctive. When the action is dependent on something else, turn to the conditional. When reading French, it will improve your comprehension to be able to recognize the passé simple and the imperfect subjunctive as forms of mener. Subject Subjunctive Conditional Passé Simple Imperfect Subjunctive je mène mènerais menai menasse tu mènes mènerais menas menasses il mène mènerait mena menât nous menions mènerions menâmes menassions vous meniez mèneriez menâtes menassiez ils mènent mèneraient menèrent menassent For short sentences such as exclamations and demands, you can use the imperative verb form and bypass the subject pronoun. Instead of "tu mène," use "mène" alone. Imperative (tu) mène (nous) menons (vous) menez Learn to Conjugate the French Verb "Nettoyer" How to Conjugate the French Verb "Promener" (to Walk) Here's How to Say "Shared" and "Sharing" in French How to Conjugate the French Verb "Payer" (to Pay) Learn How to Conjugate "Rappeler" (to Call Back) in French How Do You Conjugate the Verb "Marcher" in French? Learn How to Conjugation "Plaire" (to Please) in French Don't "Remove" "Enlever" From Your French Conjugation List Learn How to Conjugate "Suggérer" (to Suggest) in French Learn How to Conjugate "to Travel" in French How Do You Conjugate "Lunch" in French? How Do You Conjugate "Laver" in French "Throw" the Conjugations of "Lancer" Into Your French Vocabulary How Do You Conjugate "Dépêcher" in French? Conjugating "Lever" (Lift, Raise) Learn How to Say "Protected" in French Using "Protéger"