Languages › French Learn How to Conjugate "Sécher" (to Dry) An Introduction to Conjugations of a Stem-Changing French Verb Share Flipboard Email Print Vintage Linens Drying on Drying Rack. Sony Farrell/Photodisc/Getty Images French Vocabulary Pronunciation & Conversation Grammar Resources For Teachers by ThoughtCo Updated January 28, 2019 Meaning "to dry," the French verb sécher will be a good addition to your vocabulary. In order to say "she dried" or "we will dry," however, you will need to study its conjugations. That is the focus of this introductory French lesson. The Basic Conjugations of Sécher Sécher is a stem-changing verb and that does throw a wrench into the conjugations. However, it is relatively easy to handle when you know what to look for. Pay close attention to the indicative mood forms of sécher and you'll notice that sometimes the accented é changes to è. This happens most often in the present tense and the future gives you an option between the two. Other than that, sécher follows the conjugation rules of any regular -er verb. You can use the same endings you know for words like tomber (to fall) and apply them here. To study these, simply find the conjugation that corresponds to both the subject pronoun and the tense of your sentence. This results in je sèche for "I am drying" and nous séchiez for "we dried." Present Future Imperfect je sèche sécheraisècherai séchais tu sèches sécherassècheras séchais il sèche sécherasèchera séchait nous séchons sécheronssècherons séchions vous séchez sécherezsècherez séchiez ils sèchent sécherontsècheront séchaient The Present Participle of Sécher The present participle of sécher does not get the stem change. Instead, you will simply add -ant to the stem to form séchant. Sécher in the Compound Past Tense Passé composé is the French compound past tense. This is where you'll use the past participle séché along with the help of an auxiliary verb. To form it, begin by conjugating avoir into the present tense, then add the past participle. This gives us j'ai séché for "I dried" and nous avons séché for "we dried." More Simple Conjugations of Sécher You will need to pay attention to the stem change in these forms of sécher as well, particularly in the subjunctive, which calls the act of drying into question. The conditional gives you the choice between the two forms because it implies that something will only be dried in the future if certain conditions are met. There is no stem change in either the passé simple or the imperfect subjunctive, both of which are literary tenses. Subjunctive Conditional Passé Simple Imperfect Subjunctive je sèche sécheraissècherais séchai séchasse tu sèches sécheraissècherais séchas séchasses il sèche sécheraitsècherait sécha séchât nous séchions sécherionssècherions séchâmes séchassions vous séchiez sécheriezsècheriez séchâtes séchassiez ils sèchent sécheraientsècheraient séchèrent séchassent For short sentences, you may use sécher in the imperative. Beyond the stem change in the tu form, you'll also need to remember that the subject pronoun is not required here. Imperative (tu) sèche (nous) séchons (vous) séchez Continue Reading Learn How to Say "Rested" in French Using the Verb "Reposer" Learn How to Conjugate "Nager" (to Swim) in French Learn the Conjugates of "Peser" (to Weigh) in French Learn How to Say "Shared" and "Sharing" in French Learn How to Conjugate "Tourner" (to Turn) in French How to Conjugate "Préparer" (to Prepare) in French Learn How to Conjugate "Saisir" (to Seize) in French Learn How to Conjugate "Téléphoner" (to Call) in French How to Conjugate the French Verb "Promener" (to Walk) Learn How to Conjugate "Monter" (to Climb) in French Learn How to Conjugate "Réduire" (to Reduce) in French Learn How to Conjugate "Réunir" (to Reunite) in French Learn to Say "I Influenced" in French Using "Influencer" Learn the Simple Conjugations for "Quitter" (to Leave) Learn How to Conjugate "Placer" (to Place) in French Learn to Conjugate the French Verb "Nettoyer"