Languages › French How to Conjugate "Pratiquer" (to Practice) in French "Practice" A Simple French Verb Conjugation Share Flipboard Email Print Public Domain / Pexels French Vocabulary Pronunciation & Conversation Grammar Resources For Teachers by Laura K. Lawless Updated May 03, 2019 The French verb pratiquer is relatively easy to remember because it means "to practice." When you want to say "we practiced" in the past tense or "I am practicing" in the present tense, the verb needs to be conjugated. A quick lesson will introduce you to the simplest forms of pratiquer for you to practice. The Basic Conjugations of Pratiquer Pratiquer is a regular -er verb and it follows the most common conjugation pattern found in the French language. For students who are experienced in conjugations, this should be a pretty easy lesson. As with all verbs, you'll begin by identifying the verb stem (or radical). For pratiquer, that is pratiqu-. From there, a variety of endings are added that correspond to both the subject pronoun and the tense of the sentence. This gives us things like je pratique for "I am practicing" and nous pratiquions for "we practiced." Present Future Imperfect je pratique pratiquerai pratiquais tu pratiques pratiqueras pratiquais il pratique pratiquera pratiquait nous pratiquons pratiquerons pratiquions vous pratiquez pratiquerez pratiquiez ils pratiquent pratiqueront pratiquaient The Present Participle of Pratiquer Adding -ant to the radical produces the present participle pratiquant. Not only is it a verb, but there are some instances in which it becomes a noun or even an adjective. Pratiquer in the Compound Past Tense In French, passé composé is the compound past tense that uses the past participle pratiqué. To form it, begin by conjugating the auxiliary verb avoir to the present tense and finish the compound with pratiqué. The result is phrases such as j'ai pratiqué, meaning "I practiced," and nous avons pratiqué for "we practiced." More Simple Conjugations of Pratiquer There are a few more basic conjugations you'll want to know for pratiquer. Among those are the subjunctive and the conditional. The former implies uncertainty to the practicing while the latter is for an "if...then" situation. The literary tenses of the passé simple and the imperfect subjunctive are reserved for writing and are good to memorize as well. Subjunctive Conditional Passé Simple Imperfect Subjunctive je pratique pratiquerais pratiquai pratiquasse tu pratiques pratiquerais pratiquas pratiquasses il pratique pratiquerait pratiqua pratiquât nous pratiquions pratiquerions pratiquâmes pratiquassions vous pratiquiez pratiqueriez pratiquâtes pratiquassiez ils pratiquent pratiqueraient pratiquèrent pratiquassent The imperative is used often for assertive statements like "Practice!" When using it, skip the subject pronoun and leave it at "Pratique !" Imperative (tu) pratique (nous) pratiquons (vous) pratiquez Continue Reading Here's How to Say "Shared" and "Sharing" in French Learn How to Conjugate "Répéter" (to Repeat) in French Here's How to Conjugate "Posséder" (to Possess) in French How to Conjugate "Ranger" (to Arrange) in French Learn to Conjugate the French Verb "Nettoyer" Learn How to Say You "Regret" Something in French Learn How to Conjugate "Nourrir" (to Feed) in French Here's How to Conjugate "Paraître" (to Seem) in French How to Conjugate the French Verb "Rester" (to Stay) Learn the Simple Conjugations for "Sourire" (to Smile) Learn How to Conjugate "to Travel" in French Learn How to Conjugate "Porter" (to Wear, Carry) in French Learn How to Conjugate the French Verb "Réfléchir" (to Reflect) Learn How to Conjugate "Obéir" (to Obey) in French How to Conjugate Mentir (to Lie) in French Learn How to Say "Protected" in French Using "Protéger"