Languages › French Simple French Conjugations for "Punir" (to Punish) A Lesson That Teaches You to Say "Punished" in French Share Flipboard Email Print Blend Images - KidStock Getty Images French Vocabulary Pronunciation & Conversation Grammar Resources For Teachers by ThoughtCo Updated January 27, 2019 The word punir is French for "to punish." In order to use this verb to mean the past tense "punished" or the present tense "punishing," you'll need to know how to conjugate it. Luckily, punir is a relatively easy one because it's a regular verb. A quick lesson will introduce you to the essential forms of punir you'll need for French conversations. The Basic Conjugations of Punir French verb conjugations do require some work. You need to memorize it in the various tenses and there's a new form for every subject pronoun within each tense. That means you have a lot of words to study. However, because punir is a regular -ir verb, you can apply what you already know for similar verbs to this one. The first step is to identify the verb stem, which is pun-. From there, you will add the ending that corresponds to the subject pronoun and either the present, future, or imperfect past tense. For instance, "I am punishing" is je punis and "we will punish" is nous punirons. Present Future Imperfect je punis punirai punissais tu punis puniras punissais il punit punira punissait nous punissons punirons punissions vous punissez punirez punissiez ils punissent puniront punissaient The Present Participle of Punir The present participle of punir is punissant. This is a verb, though there may be some instances where you'll also find it helpful as an adjective or noun. Punir in the Compound Past Tense The past tense can be expressed with the imperfect or the passé composé. This is a compound, so you that requires the past participle puni. To begin, conjugate the auxiliary verb avoir into the appropriate present tense for the subject. This results in phrases such as j'ai puni for "I punished" and nous avons puni for "we punished." More Simple Conjugations of Punir At times, you may need a few more conjugations for punir. The subjunctive, for instance, questions whether the punishment will happen. In a similar fashion, the conditional implies that it's an "if...then" situation. The passé simple and imperfect subjunctive are typically reserved for written French, but they are good to know as well. Subjunctive Conditional Passé Simple Imperfect Subjunctive je punisse punirais punis punisse tu punisses punirais punis punisses il punisse punirait punit punît nous punissions punirions punîmes punissions vous punissiez puniriez punîtes punissiez ils punissent puniraient punirent punissent A useful verb mood for a word like punir, the French imperative is used when you want to be assertive and very direct. In this case, it's acceptable to skip the subject pronoun, so tu punis becomes punis. Imperative (tu) punis (nous) punissons (vous) punissez Continue Reading Learn How to Conjugate "Nourrir" (to Feed) in French You'll "Pick Up" the "Cueillir" Conjugations Before You Know It Conjugating "Ennuyer" Is Anything But Boring Learn to Say "I Influenced" in French Using "Influencer" Learn How to Conjugate "Répéter" (to Repeat) in French Does "Causer" Mean "to Cause" or "to Chat" in French? Learn How to Say "Respected" in French How Would You Conjugation "Augmenter"? Learn How to Conjugate the French Verb "Réfléchir" (to Reflect) Here's How to Say "Shared" and "Sharing" in French Simple Conjugations for the French Verb "Appeler" Here's How to Conjugate "Posséder" (to Possess) in French How to Conjugate the French Verb for Create You're Going to "Conquer" This French Verb Conjugation How to Conjugate "Ranger" (to Arrange) in French How Would You Conjugate "Élever" (to Raise) in French?