Languages › French How to Use the Irregular French Verb "Recevoir" Learn Present, Past, and Other Tenses. Share Flipboard Email Print Liam Norris/Cultura Exclusive/Getty Images French Vocabulary Pronunciation & Conversation Grammar Resources For Teachers by ThoughtCo Updated January 27, 2019 The French verb recevoir (pronounced "ruh-say-v'wah") is one of the more challenging to learn because it's highly irregular once you get into the past tense and other conjugations. Translated as "to receive" or "to get", this verb is so irregular that it doesn't fit in any pattern. Usage Recevoir is what's commonly known in French as an irregular ir- verb. These verbs don't follow the regular patterns of conjugation, so students have to memorize them individually. Other ir- verbs include: asseoir, courir, devoir, falloir, mourir, pleuvoir, pouvoir, recevoir, savoir, tenir, valoir, venir, voir and vouloir. Verbs that end in -cevoir are conjugated the same way. These include: apercevoir > to catch sight of, to foreseeconcevoir > to conceivedécevoir > to disappointpercevoir > to perceiverecevoir > to receive Uses and Expressions The table below includes only simple conjugations of the irregular French -ir verb recevoir. It does not include compound tenses, which include a form of the auxiliary verb avoir and the past participle. recevoir une salaire > to get paidrecevoir un prix > to be awarded a prize / to be given a prize or awardrecevoir un cadeau > to get / receive / be given a giftrecevoir courrier / coup de téléphone > to get mail / to get a telephone callVeuillez recevoir, Madame, l'expression de mes sentiments les meilleurs ou mes salutations distinguées > Yours sincerelyrecevoir un coup sur la tête > to receive a blow to the headrecevoir quelqu'un à dîner > to invite someone to dinnerJ'ai été mal reçu. > I was made to feel unwelcome.La maison peut recevoir six personnes. > The house sleeps six people.Le médecin reçoit/ne reçoit pas aujourd'hui. > The doctor is / isn't seeing patients today.se faire recevoir > to get told offJe n'ai de conseils à recevoir de personne ! > I don't have to take advice from anybody!Elle sait merveilleusement recevoir. > She's a marvelous hostess. / She's marvelous at entertaining. Simple Conjugations of the Irregular French '-ir' Verb 'Recevoir' Present Future Imperfect Present Participle je reçois recevrai recevais recevant tu reҫois recevras recevais il reҫoit recevra recevait nous recevons recevrons recevions vous recevez recevrez receviez ils reҫoivent recevront recevaient Passé composé Auxiliary verb avoir Past participle reҫu Subjunctive Conditional Passé simple Imperfect subjunctive je reҫoive recevrais reҫus reҫusse tu reҫoives recevrais reҫus reҫusses il reҫoive recevrait reҫut recût nous recevions recevrions reҫûmes reҫussions vous receviez recevriez reҫûtes reҫussiez ils reҫoivent recevraient reҫurent reҫussent Imperative (tu) reҫois (nous) recevons (vous) recevez Continue Reading How to Conjugate the Irregular French Verb 'Mourir' ('to Die') Conjugating the Irregular French Verb 'Devenir' (to Become) How to Conjugate the Irregular French Verb "Croire" The Irregular French Verb 'Apprendre' ('to Learn') Conjugating the Irregular French Verb Connaître Takes Memory Skills How Do You Conjugate the Irregular French Verb "Haïr"? How to Conjugate French Regular '-IR' Verbs Conjugating the Irregular French Verb 'Conduire' ('to Drive') How to Conjugate the Irregular French Verb 'Savoir' ('to Know') How to Conjugate the Irregular French '-ir' Verb 'Offir' How to Conjugate the French Verb 'Peindre' ('to Paint') Basic Use of the Future Tense in French How Does the Past Tense Work in French? Speak Like a Native: French Irregular '-ir' Verbs Learn How to Use These Essential French Verbs to Get What You Want How to Conjugate the Irregular French Verb 'Servir'