Languages › French How to Conjugate the French Verb 'Rater' ('to Miss, Fail') Simple conjugations for the French verb rater Share Flipboard Email Print French Vocabulary Pronunciation & Conversation Grammar Resources For Teachers By ThoughtCo Updated February 21, 2020 Rater, pronounced "rah tay," is a French verb that's conjugated like all French regular -er verbs. It means literally "to miss, fail, go wrong, make a mess of," as in: Ça ne rate jamais. > It never fails.Anne a raté son train. > Anne missed her train.Robert a raté son pizza. > Robert made a mess of his pizza. Expressions and Usage La bombe a raté sa cible. > The bomb missed its target. rate le bac > fail the high school diplomarater le bus, le coche > to miss the bus, coach / miss the window of opportunityrater la correspondance > miss the connectionTue viens de la rater. > You just missed her.Occasion à ne pas rater > an opportunity not to be missed(familiar) Je t'avais dit qu'elle serait en retard, et ça n'a pas raté ! > I told you she'd be late, and sure enough she was !Tais-toi. Tu vas tout faire rater ! > Be quiet or you'll ruin everything !Le coup a raté. > The gun failed to go off. (Familiar) J'ai raté mon coup. > I made a mess of it.C'est une émission à ne pas rater. > This programme is a must.Il rate toujours les mayonnaises. > His mayonnaise always goes wrong.Rater sa vie > to make a mess of one's life(pronominal reflexive) Il s'est coupé les cheveux lui-même, et il s'est complètement raté ! > He cut his hair himself and made a complete mess of it !Elle est tombée de vélo, elle ne s'est pas ratée ! > She fell off her bike, but she didn't hurt herself. 'Rater' Is a Regular French '-er' Verb The majority of French verbs are regular -er verbs, as rater is. (There are five main kinds of verbs in French: regular -er, -ir, -re verbs; stem-changing verbs; and irregular verbs.) To conjugate a regular French -er verb, remove the -er ending from the infinitive to reveal the verb's stem. Then add the regular -er endings to the stem. Note that all regular -er verbs share conjugation patterns in all tenses and moods. Below are all the simple conjugations of the verb rater. The compound conjugations, which include a conjugated form of the auxiliary verb avoir and the past participle raté, are not included. You can apply the same endings in the table to any of the regular French -er verbs listed below. SOME COMMON FRENCH REGULAR '-ER' VERBS French regular -er verbs, by far the largest group of French verbs, share a conjugation pattern. Here are just a few of the most common regular -er verbs: aimer > to like, to lovearriver > to arrive, to happenchanter > to singchercher > to look forcommencer* > to begindanse > to dancedemander > to ask fordépenser > to spend (money)détester > to hatedonner > to giveécouter > to listen toétudier** > to studyfermer > to closegoûte > to tastejouer > to playlaver > to washmanger* > to eatnager* > to swimparler > to talk, to speakpasse > to pass, spend (time)penser > to thinkporter > to wear, to carryregarder > to watch, to look atrêver > to dreamsembler > to seemskier** > to skitravailler > to worktrouve > to findvisiter > to visit (a place)voler > to fly, to steal *All regular -er verbs are conjugated according to the regular -er verb conjugation pattern, except for one small irregularity in verbs that end in -ger and -cer, known as spelling-change verbs. **Though conjugated just like regular -er verbs, watch out for verbs that end in -ier. Simple Conjugations of the Regular French '-er' Verb 'Rater' Present Future Imperfect Imperative je rate raterai ratais tu rates rateras ratais rate il rate ratera ratait nous ratons raterons rations ratons vous ratez raterez ratiez ratez ils ratent rateront rataient Subjunctive Conditional Passé simple Imperfect subjunctive je rate raterais ratai ratasse tu rates raterais ratas ratasses il rate raterait rata ratât nous rations raterions ratâmes ratassions vous ratiez rateriez ratâtes ratassiez ils ratent rateraient ratèrent ratassent Present participle: ratant How to Conjugate the French Verb 'Discuter' ('to Discuss') 'Garder' ('to Keep'): Conjugate This Regular French '-er' Verb Conjugating the French '-er' Verb 'Maquiller' ('to Make up Someone') How to Conjugate the French Verb 'Participer' ('to Participate') Conjugating the Verb "Skier" How to Conjugate the French Verb Étudier (to Study) How to Conjugate the French '-re' Verb 'Mordre' ('to Bite') Conjugating the French '-re' Verb 'Défendre' ('to Defend, Forbid') How to Conjugate the French Verb 'Entendre' ('to Understand') 'Préférer': French Verb Conjugations A Guide to Conjugating the French Verb 'Couper' (to Cut) Conjugating the Regular French Verb 'Aimer' ('to Like, Love') All About the Regular French Verb 'Laisser' ('to Leave') Conjugate the Irregular French Verb Boire (to Drink) How to Conjugate the French Verb Grossir How to Conjugate the French Stem-Changing Verb 'Épeler'