How to Conjugate the Irregular French Verb 'Permettre' ('to Allow,' 'Permit')

'Permettre' is conjugated like 'mettre' ('to put') and its other derivatives

A passport allows you ('vous permet") to travel abroad.
A passport allows you ('vous permet") to travel abroad. LatitudeStock - Bill Bachmann/Gallo Images/Getty Images

Permettre, "to permit," is an irregular French -re verb. Below are the simple conjugations of the verb; they do not include the compound tenses, which consist of a form of the auxiliary verb avoir with the past participle promis.

The verb permettre falls into one of five patterns in conjugating irregular -re verbs. These center around prendrebattremettrerompre, and verbs that end in -aindre, -eindre and -oindre.

Permettre belongs to a group related to mettre ("to put") and its derivativesThese verbs are conjugated like battre, except in the passé simple, the imperfect subjunctive, and the past participle. Note in the table below that the first three groups take the same present tense verb endings.

OTHER VERBS ENDING IN '-METTRE'

Permettre, like all irregular -re verbs ending in -mettre, are conjugated like the verb mettre. In addition to permettre, the following are also common mettre derivatives:

admettre > to admit
commettre > to commit
compromettre > to compromise
promettre > to promise
soumettre > to submit
transmettre > to transmit

USES AND MEANINGS OF 'PerMETTRE'

Permettre is quite often about constructing a polite rebuttal or course correction, even under unpleasant circumstances, with varying degrees of formality and informality. For the most part, permettre means "to allow" and "permit," but, depending on the context, it can also mean "to enable" and "to make possible." It functions as a transitive verb that takes a direct object, and it is also used in the pronominal forms se permettre ("to allow or permit oneself," "to dare") and se permettre de (to take the liberty of).

EXPRESSIONS and Examples With 'PerMETTRE'

Simple Conjugations of the Irregular French '-re' Verb 'Permettre'

 Present Future Imperfect Present participle
jepermetspermettraipermettaispermettant
tupermetspermettraspermettais 
ilpermetpermettrapermettaitPassé composé
nouspermettonspermettronspermettions   Auxiliary verb avoir
vouspermettezpermettrezpermettiez   Past participlepermis
ilspermettentpermettrontpermettaient 
 
 Subjunctive Conditional Passé simple Imperfect subjunctive
jepermettepermettraispermispermisse
tupermettespermettraispermispermisses
ilpermettepermettraitpermitpermît
nouspermettionspermettrionspermîmespermissions
vouspermettiezpermettriezpermîtespermissiez
ilspermettentpermettraientpermirentpermissent
 
 Imperative
(tu)permets 

 
(nous) permettons 
(vous)permettez