How to Conjugate "Ranger" (to Arrange)

A Simple French Lesson in Conjugations of a Useful Verb

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The verb ranger means "to arrange," which is easy enough to remember because of the similarities between the English and French words. However, a verb conjugation is required when you want to say "arranging" or "arranged." This lesson will show you how that's done.

The Basic Conjugations of Ranger

Ranger is a spelling change verb and that does make it a little bit of a challenge. The spelling change appears only in those forms of the verb where an a or o is the first letter of the infinitive ending. In these cases, the e is retained to ensure the g has a soft sound as it does in "gel."

Other than that minor difference, ranger is conjugated like a regular -er verb. You will add a different ending to the verb stem (rang-) that corresponds to both the subject pronoun and the tense of your sentence. The chart will help you study these and learn that je range means "I am arranging" and that nous rangions means "we arranged."

Present Future Imperfect
je range rangerai rangeais
tu ranges rangeras rangeais
il range rangera rangeait
nous rangeons rangerons rangions
vous rangez rangerez rangiez
ils rangent rangeront rangeaient

The Present Participle of Ranger

The present participle also has the spelling change because it uses -ant for the ending. The result is the word rangeant.

Ranger in the Compound Past Tense

The passé composé is the French compound past tense and it requires the past participle rangé. You'll also need to conjugate the auxiliary verb avoir to the present tense. This produces phrases such as j'ai rangé for "I arranged" and nous avons rangé for "we arranged."

More Simple Conjugations of Ranger

The subjunctive will be used for times when you question the act of arranging. Similarly, the conditional says that something will be arranged only if something else also happens. The passé simple and the imperfect subjunctive are literary tenses which you will encounter most often in formal French writing.

Subjunctive Conditional Passé Simple Imperfect Subjunctive
je range rangerais rangeai rangeasse
tu ranges rangerais rangeas rangeasses
il range rangerait rangea rangeât
nous rangions rangerions rangeâmes rangeassions
vous rangiez rangeriez rangeâtes rangeassiez
ils rangent rangeraient rangèrent rangeassent

The imperative verb mood is used when you want to get straight to the point. In these short statements, you can drop the subject pronoun, simplifying tu range to range.

(tu) range
(nous) rangeons
(vous) rangez
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