How to Conjugate "Organiser" (to Organize) in French

A Quick Lesson That Teaches You to Say "Organized" and "Organizing"

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Can you guess what the French verb organiser means? If you answered "to organize," you're correct. Yet, to use it properly in a sentence, the verb must be conjugated. A quick lesson will show you how to do that and form the French equivalents to "organized" and "organizing."

The Basic Conjugations of Organiser

Organiser is a regular -er verb and that makes this lesson a little easier than most. That's because it's part of the largest family of French verbs, all of which share the same conjugation patterns. If you have previously studied similar verbs, you can apply what you already know to this one.

The indicative mood is the best place to begin with any conjugation. This includes the basic present, future, and imperfect past tenses which you will use most often in French conversations.

Using the chart, find the corresponding conjugation for the subject pronoun and the tense you wish to use organiser in. This will help you identify which ending was applied to the verb stem (organis-). For instance, an e ending forms that present tense j'organise (I am organizing) and -ions forms the imperfect nous organisions (we organized).

Present Future Imperfect
j' organise organiserai organisais
tu organises organiseras organisais
il organise organisera organisait
nous organisons organiserons organisions
vous organisez organiserez organisiez
ils organisent organiseront organisaient

The Present Participle of Organiser

An -ant ending is always added to regular -er and -re verbs to form the present participle. For organiser, that produces the word organisant.

Organiser in the Compound Past Tense

The passé composé is the French compound past tense and it requires two parts. The first is the present tense conjugate of the auxiliary verb avoir and the second is the past participle organisé. The two come together to form phrases such as j'ai organisé (I organized) and nous avons organisé (we organized).

More Simple Conjugations of Organiser

As your vocabulary grows and you're more comfortable with French conversation, you will find a few more simple conjugations useful. The subjunctive, for instance, helps you imply some degree of uncertainty to the act of organizing. In a similar fashion, the conditional allows you to state that it's dependent on certain conditions.

Though they are used less frequently, and most often in written French, it is a good idea to know the passé simple and imperfect subjunctive forms of organiser as well.

Subjunctive Conditional Passé Simple Imperfect Subjunctive
j' organise organiserais organisai organisasse
tu organises organiserais organisas organisasses
il organise organiserait organisa organisât
nous organisions organiserions organisâmes organisassions
vous organisiez organiseriez organisâtes organisassiez
ils organisent organiseraient organisèrent organisassent

You can skip the subject pronoun when using organiser in the imperative. These direct statements are often short and forceful, so all formality is dropped and you can simply say organise.

(tu) organise
(nous) organisons
(vous) organisez
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