Languages › French Learn the Conjugations of "Réduire" (to Reduce) A French Lesson in Conjugating an Irregular Verb Share Flipboard Email Print The perfect time to reduce the price of your home is often at 30 days. © Big Stock Photo French Vocabulary Pronunciation & Conversation Grammar Resources For Teachers By ThoughtCo Updated January 27, 2019 Rédiure is the French verb that means "to reduce." This should be pretty easy to remember because the English and French words are so similar. What happens when you want to say "reduced" or "reducing"? That's when you'll need to know réduire's conjugations and this lesson will show you the basics. The Basic Conjugations of Réduire The French language gives us more forms of verbs to learn then we have in English. That's because the verb changes with every subject pronoun within each tense. This means you more words to memorize. That is only one challenge in French verb conjugations, though. Words like réduire pose another because they don't follow any of the normal rules. Réduire is an irregular verb, though all French verbs ending in -uire are conjugated this way. To make this easier, consider studying a few at the same time. As with any conjugation, we begin with the verb stem. In this case, that is rédui-. From there, we add a variety of endings to match the tense with the subject pronoun. As an example, je réduis means "I am reducing" while nous réduisions means "we reduced. Present Future Imperfect je réduis réduirai réduisais tu réduis réduiras réduisais il réduit réduira réduisait nous réduisons réduirons réduisions vous réduisez réduirez réduisiez ils réduisent réduiront réduisaient The Present Participle of Réduire The present participle of réduire is also irregular in that it adds an - sant ending to the radical. This produces the word réduisant. Réduire in the Compound Past Tense The passé composé is a compound past tense and it's used often in French. It requires the past participle réduit along with the present tense conjugate of the auxiliary verb avoir. This forms phrases such as j'ai réduit for "I reduced" and nous avons réduit for "we reduced." More Simple Conjugations of Réduire There are a few more basic conjugations you may need of réduire at times and each has its own usage. For example, the subjunctive questions whether the act of reducing took place. Similarly, the conditional says the reduction will only happen under certain conditions. The passé simple and the imperfect subjunctive are literary tenses and found most often in formal writing. Subjunctive Conditional Passé Simple Imperfect Subjunctive je réduise réduirais réduisis réduisisse tu réduises réduirais réduisis réduisisses il réduise réduirait réduisit réduisît nous réduisions réduirions réduisîmes réduisissions vous réduisiez réduiriez réduisîtes réduisissiez ils réduisent réduiraient réduisirent réduisissent For direct statements, commands, and requests when you don't want to mince words, you can use the French imperative. When doing so, skip the subject pronoun, simplifying tu réduis to réduis. Imperative (tu) réduis (nous) réduisons (vous) réduisez Learn How to Conjugate "Revoir" (to See Again) in French Learn How to Conjugation "Plaire" (to Please) in French Here's How to Conjugate "Paraître" (to Seem) in French Learn to Conjugate the French Verb "Nettoyer" How to Conjugate the French Verb "Promener" (to Walk) How to Conjugate the French Verb "Payer" (to Pay) Here's How to Say "Shared" and "Sharing" in French Learn How to Conjugate "to Travel" in French Learn How to Say "Singing" and "Sang" in French "Snuff Out" the French Conjugations of "Éteindre" Learn How to Conjugate "Rappeler" (to Call Back) in French Learn How to Conjugate "Se Taire" (to Be Quiet) in French Learn How to Conjugate "Suggérer" (to Suggest) in French How Do You Say 'Remember' in French? Learn How to Conjugate "Prêter" (to Loan) in French How to "Missed" in French Using "Manquer"