How to Conjugate the Irregular French Verb 'Mourir' ('to Die')

'Mourir' conjugations are so irregular you have to memorize them

Mourir ("to die, die out, die away, die down") is a highly irregular French -ir verb that doesn't follow regular conjugation patterns. There are two groups of irregular -ir verbs that do exhibit some patterns: those around the verbs sortir and partir and those around the verbs offrir and ouvrir.

Mourir Is a Very Irregular '-ir' Verb

The verb mourir falls into the remaining group of extremely irregular -ir verbs, which are so unusual and unwieldy that they share no commonalities.

Other verbs like mourir include  asseoir, courir, devoir, falloir, pleuvoir, pouvoir, recevoir, savoir, tenir, valoir, venir, voir and vouloir.

Note that the table at the end of the article includes simple conjugations of mourir. It does not list compound conjugations, which consist of a form of the auxiliary verb être and the past participle mort.

Mourir: Uses and Expressions

mourir d'une crise cardiaque, de vieillesse, d'un cancer > to die of a heart attack, of old age, of cancer

mourir de mort naturelle ou de sa belle mort> to die a natural death

mourir sur le coup > to die instantly

mourir en héros > to die a hero's death, like a hero

Je l'aime à en mourir. > I'm desperately in love with her.

Tu n'en mourras pas ! > It won't kill you!

mourir d'envie de faire quelque chose > to be dying to do something

mourir d'ennui,  s'ennuyer à mourir > to be bored to death, bored to tears

la pièce est à mourir de​​ rire ​> the play's hilarious

elle me fait mourir de rire ! > she really cracks me up!

mourir de chaleur > to be boiling hot

mourir de faim > to be starving, famished

mourir de froid > to be freezing cold

mourir de soif > to be dying of thirst

mourir de peur > to be scared to death

Plus rapide/bête que lui, tu meurs ! (familiar) > You'd be hard put to be quicker/stupider than him!

Simple Conjugations of the Irregular '-ir' Verb 'Mourir'

 Present Future Imperfect Present participle
ilmeurtmourramouraitPassé composé
nousmouronsmourronsmourions   Auxiliary verb être
vousmourezmourrezmouriez   Past participlemort
 Subjunctive Conditional Passé simple Imperfect subjunctive
(nous) mourons