Languages › French How to Conjugate "Regretter" (to Regret) in French You Won't "Regret" Adding This Verb to Your Vocabulary Share Flipboard Email Print simpson33/Getty Images French Vocabulary Pronunciation & Conversation Grammar Resources For Teachers by ThoughtCo Updated May 23, 2019 As you might suspect, the French verb regretter means "to regret." While the English-French similarity makes remembering the word easy enough, it still needs to be conjugated to make a complete sentence. It's not a very challenging verb, though, and French students with some experience will find this lesson relatively easy. The Basic Conjugations of Regretter Regretter is a regular -er verb, so transforming it to mean "regretted," "regretting," or "will regret" uses the same endings as most French verbs. If you have previously studied common words like tomber (to fall) or tourner (to turn), the same rules you already know will apply here. The conjugation patterns are most apparent in the indicative mood, which includes the frequently used present, future, and imperfect past tenses. The chart will show you, for instance, that an e is added to the verb stem (regrett-) to form je regrette (I am regretting). If you add -ions, you get the imperfect nous regrettions (we regretted). After a few verbs, these endings become easier to remember and practicing regretter in simple sentences will also help. Present Future Imperfect je regrette regretterai regrettais tu regrettes regretteras regrettais il regrette regrettera regrettait nous regrettons regretterons regrettions vous regrettez regretterez regrettiez ils regrettent regretteront regrettaient The Present Participle of Regretter The present participle of regretter uses the same -ant ending as all other regular verbs with this ending. This gives you the word regrettant, which, at times, can act as a noun or adjective as well as a verb. Regretter in the Compound Past Tense In French, the compound past tense is known as the passé composé. It requires two elements, the first of which is the present tense conjugate of the auxiliary verb avoir. The other is the past participle regretté. The two combine to form phrases such as j'ai regretté (I regretted) and nous avons regretté (we regretted). More Simple Conjugations of Regretter You will find a few more basic conjugations helpful in your French conversations. For instance, should you feel that the act of regretting is uncertain, the subjunctive can help you imply that. Similarly, the conditional says that someone will have regrets only if something else happens as well. Both the passé simple and imperfect subjunctive are literary forms. They're used almost exclusively in French literature rather than conversation, though they are good to know. Subjunctive Conditional Passé Simple Imperfect Subjunctive je regrette regretterais regrettai regrettasse tu regrettes regretterais regrettas regrettasses il regrette regretterait regretta regrettât nous regrettions regretterions regrettâmes regrettassions vous regrettiez regretteriez regrettâtes regrettassiez ils regrettent regretteraient regrettèrent regrettassent Should you find yourself needing to use regretter in short and very direct statements, you can use the imperative. The main thing to remember here is that the subject pronoun is not required: use regrette rather than tu regrette. Imperative (tu) regrette (nous) regrettons (vous) regrettez Continue Reading Here's How to Conjugate "Posséder" (to Possess) in French Here's How to Say "Shared" and "Sharing" in French Here's How to Conjugate "Pratique" (to Practice) in French Learn to Conjugate the French Verb "Nettoyer" Learn How to Conjugate "Nourrir" (to Feed) in French How to Conjugate Mentir (to Lie) in French How to Conjugate "Ranger" (to Arrange) in French Learn How to Conjugate "Obéir" (to Obey) in French Learn How to Conjugate "to Travel" in French How Do You Conjugate "Visiter" (to Visit) in French? Learn How to Conjugate "Répéter" (to Repeat) in French Learn How to Conjugate "Porter" (to Wear, Carry) in French Here's How to Conjugate "Paraître" (to Seem) in French How to Conjugate the French Verb "Rester" (to Stay) Learn How to Conjugate the French Verb "Réfléchir" (to Reflect) Learn How to Say "Protected" in French Using "Protéger"