How to Conjugate the Irregular French '-ir' Verb 'Offir'

'Offrir' is an '-ir' verb that's conjugated like '-er' verbs

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Offrir ("to offer," "to provide," to give") is an irregular French -ir verb. Below are simple conjugations of the verb offrir; the conjugation table does not include compound tenses, which consist of a form of the auxiliary verb avoir with the past participle offert.

Within irregular -ir verb conjugations, there are some patterns. Two groups exhibit similar characteristics and conjugation patterns.

Then there is a final, large category of extremely irregular -ir verbs that follow no pattern.

'Offrir' is an Irregular '-ir-' Verb

Offrir lies in the second group of irregular -ir verbs that display a pattern. The second group of verbs includes couvrir, cueillir, découvrir, offrir, ouvrir, souffrir, and all their derivatives. These verbs, surprisingly, are all conjugated like regular -er verbs.

'Offir' Is Conjugated Like French Verbs Ending in '-frir' and '-vrir'

All French verbs that end in -frir or -vrir are conjugated this way. This includes:

  • couvrir > to cover
  • découvrir > to discover
  • ouvrir > to open
  • souffrir > to suffer
  • recouvrir > to recover 

Expressions and Usage

  • Je peux t'offrir bien davantage. > I can offer you much more than that.
  • Nous devons leur offrir pareille possibilité. > We need to provide them with the same opportunity.
  • J'allais vous offrir cette maison. > I was going to give you this house.
  • Je vais lui offrir du thé. > I'm going to give him some tea.
  • Mais vous devez offrir l'immunité. > But you'd have to offer us immunity.
  • J'aimerais offrir une perspective différente. > I'd like to offer a different perspective.
  • J'aimerais que nous puissions offrir plus. > I wish we were in a better position to offer more.
  • J'aimerais lui offrir ma collection de coquillages. > I'd like to give her my shell collection.
  • offrir quelque chose en cadeau à quelqu'un > to give somebody something as a present
  • s'offrir [pronominal reflexive] > to offer / to give oneself [sexually] OR to offer one's services
  • s'offrir à payer les dégâts > to offer to pay for the damage
  • s'offrir [pronominal reciprocal] > to give or buy each other
  • un seul moyen s'offrait à moi [pronominal intransitive] > only one course of action was open / presented itself to me
  • un panorama exceptionnel s'offre au regard > an amazing view meets the eyes
  • s'offrir de quelque chose [pronominal transitive] > to treat oneself to something

 

Simple Conjugations of the Irregular French '-ir' Verb Offrir

 Present Future Imperfect Present participle
j'offreoffriraioffraisoffrant
tuoffresoffrirasoffrais 
iloffreoffriraoffraitPassé composé
nousoffronsoffrironsoffrions   Auxiliary verb avoir
vousoffrezoffrirezoffriez   Past participleoffert
ilsoffrentoffrirontoffraient 
 
 Subjunctive Conditional Passé simple Imperfect subjunctive
j'offreoffriraisoffrisoffrisse
tuoffresoffriraisoffrisoffrisses
iloffreoffriraitoffritoffrît
nousoffrionsoffririonsoffrîmesoffrissions
vousoffriezoffririezoffrîtesoffrissiez
ilsoffrentoffriraientoffrirentoffrissent
 
 Imperative
(tu)offre   
 
(nous) offrons 
(vous)offrez