Languages › French The Conjugations of "Pluerer" (to Cry) in French Share Flipboard Email Print Jekaterina Nikitina/Getty Images French Vocabulary Pronunciation & Conversation Grammar Resources For Teachers By ThoughtCo Updated November 25, 2019 The French verb pluerer means "to cry." When you want to say "he is crying" in the present tense or "we cried" in the past tense, the verb must be conjugated. A quick lesson will introduce you to the simplest forms of pluerer, which you can study and memorize for use in your conversations. The Basic Conjugations of Pleurer French verb conjugations may not be most French students' favorite things to learn, but when you have a verb like pleurer, it is just a little easier. That's because this is a regular -er verb, meaning it uses a very common conjugation pattern. If you have studied other verbs such as quitter (to leave) or préparer (to prepare), you can use what you learned for those and apply it here. The key is to find the verb stem (or radical), which is pleur-. To that, you will add different endings to form each conjugation. The endings you need are found in the chart. All you have to do is pair the appropriate subject pronoun to the tense of your subject. For example, "I am crying" is je pleure and "we cried" is nous pleurions. Present Future Imperfect je pleure pleurerai pleurais tu pleures pleureras pleurais il pleure pleurera pleurait nous pleurons pleurerons pleurions vous pleurez pleurerez pleuriez ils pleurent pleureront pleuraient The Present Participle of Pleurer As with most regular verbs, the present participle of pleurer is formed with an -ant ending. This forms the word pleurant. Pleurer in the Compound Past Tense The passé composé is a compound past tense that is very common in French. To form it, you will need to conjugate avoir (an auxiliary verb) into the present tense. The past tense is implied by the past participle pleuré, which is attached to the end. For example, "I cried" is j'ai pleuré and "we cried" is nous avons pleuré. More Simple Conjugations of Pleurer Among the other simple conjugations you may need are the subjunctive and the conditional. The former draws into question the act of crying. The latter says that someone will only cry if something else happens. If you read or write much French, you may also need the passé simple and the imperfect subjunctive. These are literary tenses and most often used in formal writing. Subjunctive Conditional Passé Simple Imperfect Subjunctive je pleure pleurerais pleurai pleurasse tu pleures pleurerais pleuras pleurasses il pleure pleurerait pleura pleurât nous pleurions pleurerions pleurâmes pleurassions vous pleuriez pleureriez pleurâtes pleurassiez ils pleurent pleureraient pleurèrent pleurassent When you want to say "Cry!" in French, or some other short, really direct phrase, use the imperative form. All formality is lost here, so there's no need to include the subject pronoun. Simply say, "Pleure!" Imperative (tu) pleure (nous) pleurons (vous) pleurez Learn to Conjugate the French Verb "Nettoyer" Learn How to Say "Singing" and "Sang" in French Learn How to Conjugation "Plaire" (to Please) in French Here's How to Say "Shared" and "Sharing" in French Learn How to Conjugate "to Travel" in French How to Conjugate the French Verb "Payer" (to Pay) Learn How to Conjugate "Rappeler" (to Call Back) in French How to Conjugate the French Verb "Promener" (to Walk) Learn How to Conjugate "Revoir" (to See Again) in French How Do You Conjugate the Verb "Marcher" in French? How Do You Say 'Remember' in French? Here's How to Conjugate "Paraître" (to Seem) in French Learn How to Conjugate "Prêter" (to Loan) in French Learn How to Conjugate "Suggérer" (to Suggest) in French Learn How to Conjugate "Se Taire" (to Be Quiet) in French How to "Missed" in French Using "Manquer"