Languages › French Learn the Verb Conjugations for "Poser" (to Put) A Lesson for Saying "Putting" in French Share Flipboard Email Print Alexandra Dost / Lumi Images / Getty Images French Vocabulary Pronunciation & Conversation Grammar Resources For Teachers by ThoughtCo Updated November 04, 2019 When you want to say that you "are putting" or "did put" something somewhere in French, you will use the verb poser. It's a word you will find many uses for in conversation, so it's a good idea to study its many conjugations. That is the subject of this French lesson. The Basic Conjugations of Poser French students will be happy to know that poser is a regular -er verb. That means there are no special tricks to its conjugations and that you can apply what you learned from similar verbs to this one. The goal with any conjugation is to transform the verb into a grammatically correct form that makes sense for the sentence. This is meant to imply when the action took place and who did it. That is done by adding a variety of endings to the verb stem (or radical). The catch is that French gives you a new form for every subject within each tense. We'll begin with the indicative mood, which you will use most often for the basic present, future, and imperfect past tenses. The radical of poser is pos- and you can find the appropriate ending in the chart. As an example, je pose means "I am putting" and nous posions means "we did put." Present Future Imperfect je pose poserai posais tu poses poseras posais il pose posera posait nous posons poserons posions vous posez poserez posiez ils posent poseront posaient The Present Participle of Poser The present participle of poser is posant. This was formed by simply adding -ant to the radical. Poser in the Compound Past Tense For the French past tense, you have the option between the imperfect or the passé composé. The latter is a compound that requires the present tense conjugate of avoir and the past participle posé. This gives you phrases such as j'ai posé for "I did put" and nous avons posé for "we did put." More Simple Conjugations of Poser The subjunctive is used when the act of putting is uncertain. The conditional says that something will be put somewhere only if certain conditions are met. On occasion, you may also use the passé simple or the imperfect subjunctive, especially if you do much reading or writing in French as these are literary forms of the verb. Subjunctive Conditional Passé Simple Imperfect Subjunctive je pose poserais posai posasse tu poses poserais posas posasses il pose poserait posa posât nous posions poserions posâmes posassions vous posiez poseriez posâtes posassiez ils posent poseraient posèrent posassent Useful for a verb like poser, the French imperative is often used when you want to be assertive and to the point. The main thing to remember is that it's okay to drop the subject pronoun, using pose rather than tu pose. Imperative (tu) pose (nous) posons (vous) posez Continue Reading Learn How to Conjugate "Nager" (to Swim) in French How Would You "Announce" a Conjugation of "Annoncer"? How to Conjugate the French Verb "Durer" (to Last) Does "Causer" Mean "to Cause" or "to Chat" in French? You'll "Pick Up" the "Cueillir" Conjugations Before You Know It Conjugating "Ennuyer" Is Anything But Boring Here's How to Say "Shared" and "Sharing" in French How Would You Conjugation "Augmenter"? Here's How to Conjugate "Posséder" (to Possess) in French Simple Conjugations for the French Verb "Appeler" Will You "Admit" That Conjugating "Admettre" Is a Challenge? You'll "Shine" at Conjugating the French Verb "Briller" You're Going to "Conquer" This French Verb Conjugation Learn How to Conjugate the French Verb "Réfléchir" (to Reflect) You'll Need to Conjugate "Décrire" to Say "Described" in French How Do You Conjugate the Verb "Marcher" in French?