Languages › French Learn How to Conjugate "Oublier" (to Forget) in French A Simple French Lesson in Basic Verb Conjugations Share Flipboard Email Print Westend61/Getty Images French Grammar Pronunciation & Conversation Vocabulary Resources For Teachers By ThoughtCo Team Updated December 11, 2017 The French verb oublier means "to forget." When you want to say "I forgot" in the past tense or "he is forgetting" in the present tense, you'll need to know the verb's conjugations. This lesson is a perfect introduction to those because we'll show you how to create the most basic and commonly used forms of oublier. The Basic Conjugations of Oublier French verb conjugations can be a bit of a challenge because there are more words to memorize than we have in English. Where English has the -ing and -ed endings, French has a new ending for every tense as well as every subject pronoun. That means you have five extra words to learn for each tense. The good news, however, is that oublier is a regular -er verb, meaning it follows the most common rules for French conjugations. Once you learn the endings for this verb, you can apply those to almost every other verb that ends in -er. This makes studying each new verb just a little easier. You can use this chart to find the proper ending to attach to the verb stem of oubli-. Simply match the subject pronoun with the appropriate tense for the sentence you're using it in. For example, "I forget" is j'oublie and "we will forget" is nous oublierons. Present Future Imperfect j' oublie oublierai oubliais tu oublies oublieras oubliais il oublie oubliera oubliait nous oublions oublierons oubliions vous oubliez oublierez oubliiez ils oublient oublieront oubliaient The Present Participle of Oublier The present participle of oublier is oubliant. This was formed by simply adding -ant to the verb stem. It's a rule that is applied to most other -er verbs. Oublier in the Compound Past Tense For the past tense, you can use either the imperfect or the compound known as the passé composé. For the latter, you'll need to know the conjugates of the auxiliary verb avoir as well as the past participle oublié. It comes together quickly: conjugate avoir into the present tense for the subject, then attach the past participle. For example, "I forgot" is j'ai oublié and "we forgot" is nous avons oublié. More Simple Conjugations of Oublier When you don't know whether you forgot or not, you can use the subjunctive verb mood. In a similar fashion, if you'll forget about something if something else happens, the conditional verb mood is useful. Though they don't need to be a priority, there may also be times when you'll need to use either the passé simple or imperfect subjunctive. Subjunctive Conditional Passé Simple Imperfect Subjunctive j' oublie oublierais oubliai oubliasse tu oublies oublierais oublias oubliasses il oublie oublierait oublia oubliât nous oubliions oublierions oubliâmes oubliassions vous oubliiez oublieriez oubliâtes oubliassiez ils oublient oublieraient oublièrent oubliassent Brief and very direct sentences in French can be used in the imperative form. For these, skip the subject pronoun entirely and simplify it to oublie rather than tu oublie. Imperative (tu) oublie (nous) oublions (vous) oubliez Cite this Article Format mla apa chicago Your Citation Team, ThoughtCo. "Learn How to Conjugate "Oublier" (to Forget) in French." ThoughtCo, Sep. 2, 2021, thoughtco.com/oublier-to-forget-1370595. Team, ThoughtCo. (2021, September 2). Learn How to Conjugate "Oublier" (to Forget) in French. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/oublier-to-forget-1370595 Team, ThoughtCo. "Learn How to Conjugate "Oublier" (to Forget) in French." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/oublier-to-forget-1370595 (accessed October 23, 2021). copy citation How to Conjugate "Porter" in French How to Conjugate "Gagner" (to Win, to Earn) in French How to Conjugate "Monter" (to Climb) in French Learn How to Conjugate the French Verb "Passer" (to Pass) How to Conjugate "Reconnaître" (to Recognize) in French How to Conjugate "Dépenser" (to Spend) How to Conjugate "Retourner" (To Return) in French How to Conjugate "Valoir" (to Value) in French How to Conjugate "Préparer" (to Prepare) in French How to Conjugate the French Verb "Nettoyer" How to Conjugate "Téléphoner" (to Call) in French The Simple Conjugations of "Manquer" (to Miss) Learn How to Conjugate "Reposer" (to Rest) in French Learn How to Conjugate "Prêter" (to Loan) in French Learn the Simple Conjugations for "Sourire" (to Smile) How Is "Enseigner" (to Teach) Conjugated in French?