Languages › French Learn Simple Conjugations for "Sauter" (to Jump) A French Lesson in Saying "Jumped" and "Jumping" Share Flipboard Email Print Tandem jumping doubles the fun of jumping rope. Photo © Cuellar via Photopin CC French Vocabulary Pronunciation & Conversation Grammar Resources For Teachers By ThoughtCo Updated November 04, 2019 The French verb sauter means "to jump." When you want to say "jumped" in the past tense or "jumping" in the present tense, you will need to know its conjugations. This is a regular verb and a quick lesson will show you how easy it is to transform. The Basic Conjugations of Sauter Among all the French verb conjugations, sauter falls into the largest group. It is a regular -er verb and it uses the most common conjugation pattern found in the language. This can make each new verb you study just a little easier to remember because the same endings are applied to each verb. The first step in any conjugation is identifying the verb stem and in this case, it is saut-. To this, we can apply the appropriate ending for the subject pronoun and the tense of the sentence. In the indicative mood (which you will use most often), adding an e gives you the present tense je saute (I am jumping) and -ions forms the imperfect nous sautions (we jumped). Present Future Imperfect je saute sauterai sautais tu sautes sauteras sautais il saute sautera sautait nous sautons sauterons sautions vous sautez sauterez sautiez ils sautent sauteront sautaient The Present Participle of Sauter When you add -ant to the verb stem of a regular verb like sauter, you form the present participle. The result is sautant, which can become a noun or adjective in certain circumstances. Sauter in the Compound Past Tense In French, we can use passé composé for the past tense. It's a compound of two elements: the present tense conjugate of avoir and the past participle sauté. This results in phrases such as j'ai sauté (I jumped) and nous avons sauté (we jumped). More Simple Conjugations of Sauter If you're ever uncertain about whether someone jumped or not, you may decide to use the subjunctive. When someone will not jump unless something else happens first, that is when the conditional is useful. The passé simple and imperfect subjunctive are both literary tenses and found in written French. Subjunctive Conditional Passé Simple Imperfect Subjunctive je saute sauterais sautai sautasse tu sautes sauterais sautas sautasses il saute sauterait sauta sautât nous sautions sauterions sautâmes sautassions vous sautiez sauteriez sautâtes sautassiez ils sautent sauteraient sautèrent sautassent When you want to quickly tell someone to "Jump!" you can use the French imperative. There's no need to include the subject pronoun. Simply say, "Saute !" Imperative (tu) saute (nous) sautons (vous) sautez Learn How to Conjugate "Rappeler" (to Call Back) in French Learn to Conjugate the French Verb "Nettoyer" Learn How to Say "Singing" and "Sang" in French Learn How to Say "Mowed" and "Mowing" in French Learn How to Conjugate "Prêter" (to Loan) in French Here's How to Say "Shared" and "Sharing" in French Learn How to Conjugate "to Travel" in French How to Conjugate the French Verb "Promener" (to Walk) How Do You Conjugate the Verb "Marcher" in French? Learn How to Conjugation "Plaire" (to Please) in French How to Conjugate the French Verb "Payer" (to Pay) How Do You Say 'Remember' in French? The Conjugations of "Pluerer" (to Cry) in French How Do You Conjugate "Laver" in French How Do You Conjugate "Dépêcher" in French? How to "Missed" in French Using "Manquer"