How to Conjugate the French Verb 'Participer' ('to Participate')

'Participer' is a regular '-er' verb the follows set conjugation patterns

Participer ("to participate, take part, partake, share") is a regular French -er verb that shares conjugation patterns in all tenses and moods with every other regular French verb ending in -er, by far the largest group of French verbs. To conjugate participer, remove the -er ending to reveal the stem particip-, then add the regular -er endings shown in the table at the bottom of the page.

Note that this table includes simple conjugations only

Compound conjugations, which consist of a conjugated form of the auxiliary verb avoir and the past participle participé, are not included.

Examples and Usage of 'Participer'

participer à to un événement > to take part in an event, to contribute to an event

participer à aux frais > to contribute to the costs

participer àu succès de qn > to share in someone's success

participer aux bénéfices / pertes > to share in the profits / losses

participer à une réunion > attend a meeting

Je voudrais participer aux frais. > I would like to contribute to the costs. 

André va participer à la course. > André is going to take part in the race.

participer aux décisions​ > to be involved in decision making

Tous ses collègues ont participé au cadeau. > All her colleagues contributed something towards the present.

l'important est de participer, pas de gagne. > The important thing is not to have won, to have fought

paticiper au projet > to be involved in a project

participer de > to partake of

participer de bon cœur à qch > to enter into the spirit of something

Elle montrait un grand empressement à participer.She showed a great keenness to participate / join in.

J'aimerais te voir participer plus souvent aux tâches ménagères. > I'd like to see you taking on a greater share of the household chores.

tout ce qui participe de la philosophie > everything pertaining / relating to philosophy

'Participer' Is a Regular French '-er' Verb

The majority of French verbs are regular -er verbs, as participeris. (There are five main kinds of verbs in French: regular -er, -ir, -re verbs; stem-changing verbs; and irregular verbs.)

To conjugate a regular French -er verb, remove the -er ending from the infinitive to reveal the verb's stem.

Then add the regular -er endings to the stem. Note that regular -er verbs share conjugation patterns in all tenses and moods.

Apply the same endings in the table to any of the regular French -er verbs listed below.

Simple Conjugations of the Regular French '-er' Verb 'Participer'

 Present  Future  Imperfect Present participle
jeparticipeparticiperaiparticipaisparticipant 
tuparticipesparticiperasparticipais 
ilparticipeparticiperaparticipaitPassé composé
nousparticiponsparticiperonsparticipions   Auxiliary verb avoir
vousparticipezparticiperezparticipiez   Past participle participé
ilsparticipentparticiperontparticipaient 
 
 Subjunctive Conditional Passé simple Imperfect subjunctive
jeparticipeparticiperaisparticipaiparticipasse
tuparticipesparticiperaisparticipasparticipasses
ilparticipeparticiperaitparticipaparticipât
nousparticipionsparticiperionsparticipâmesparticipassions
vousparticipiezparticiperiezparticipâtesparticipassiez
ilsparticipentparticiperaientparticipèrentparticipassent
 
 Imperative 
(tu)participe 
 
(nous) participons 
(vous)participez 

More Common French Regular '-er' Verbs

French regular -er verbs, by far the largest group of French verbs, share conjugation patterns. Here are just a few of the most common regular -er verbs:

  • aimer > to like, to love
  • arriver > to arrive, to happen
  • chanter > to sing
  • chercher > to look for
  • commencer* > to begin
  • danse > to dance
  • demander > to ask for
  • dépenser > to spend (money)
  • détester > to hate
  • donner > to give
  • écouter > to listen to
  • étudier** > to study
  • fermer > to close
  • goûte > to taste
  • jouer > to play
  • laver > to wash
  • manger* > to eat
  • nager* > to swim
  • parler > to talk, to speak
  • passe > to pass, spend (time)
  • penser > to think
  • porter > to wear, to carry
  • regarder > to watch, to look at
  • rêver > to dream
  • sembler > to seem
  • skier** > to ski
  • travailler > to work
  • trouve > to find
  • visiter > to visit (a place)
  • voler > to fly, to steal

    *All regular -er verbs are conjugated according to the regular -er verb conjugation pattern, except for one small irregularity in verbs that end in -ger and -cer, known as spelling-change verbs.
    **Though conjugated just like regular -er verbs, watch out for verbs that end in -ier.

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