Languages › French How to Conjugate the French Verb 'Participer' ('to Participate') 'Participer' is a regular '-er' verb the follows set conjugation patterns Share Flipboard Email Print French Vocabulary Pronunciation & Conversation Grammar Resources For Teachers By ThoughtCo Updated February 21, 2020 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 je participe participerai participais participant tu participes participeras participais il participe participera participait Passé composé nous participons participerons participions Auxiliary verb avoir vous participez participerez participiez Past participle participé ils participent participeront participaient Subjunctive Conditional Passé simple Imperfect subjunctive je participe participerais participai participasse tu participes participerais participas participasses il participe participerait participa participât nous participions participerions participâmes participassions vous participiez participeriez participâtes participassiez ils participent participeraient participèrent participassent 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 lovearriver > to arrive, to happenchanter > to singchercher > to look forcommencer* > to begindanse > to dancedemander > to ask fordépenser > to spend (money)détester > to hatedonner > to giveécouter > to listen toétudier** > to studyfermer > to closegoûte > to tastejouer > to playlaver > to washmanger* > to eatnager* > to swimparler > to talk, to speakpasse > to pass, spend (time)penser > to thinkporter > to wear, to carryregarder > to watch, to look atrêver > to dreamsembler > to seemskier** > to skitravailler > to worktrouve > to findvisiter > 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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