Conjugating the Verb "Skier"

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Skier, pronounced "skee ay," is a regular French -er verb that means "to ski," as in:

An alternative construction is faire du ski, which means "to go skiing." The verb skier is frequently used together with aller in aller skier, which also means "to go skiing." The sport itself is called skiing in French, as it is in English.

'Skier' Is a Regular French '-er' Verb

The majority of French verbs are regular -er verbs, as skier is. (There are five main kinds of verbs in French: regular -er, -ir, -re; stem-changing; and irregular verbs.)

To conjugate a regular French -er verb, remove the -er ending from the infinitive to reveal the verb's stem. Then add the regular -er endings to the stem. Note that all regular -er verbs share conjugation patterns in all tenses and moods.

Verbs Ending in '-ier' Are '-er' Verbs

Below are all the simple conjugations of the verb skier. The compound conjugations, which include a conjugated form of the auxiliary verb avoir and the past participle skié, are not included.

Don't let the fact that skier ends in -ier throw you. It still takes all the regular -er endings. You will see a double i in several forms of the verb; that is normal and does not need to be corrected. Etudier, another verb ending in -ier on the list below, also functions the same as any other regular -er verb.

You can apply the same endings in the table to any of the regular French -er verbs listed below.


French regular -er verbs, by far the largest group of French verbs, share a conjugation pattern. Here are just a few of the most common regular -er verbs:

  • aimer > to like, to love
  • arriver > to arrive, to happen
  • chanter > to sing
  • chercher > to look for
  • commencer* > to begin
  • danse > to dance
  • demander > to ask for
  • dépenser > to spend (money)
  • détester > to hate
  • donner > to give
  • écouter > to listen to
  • étudier** > to study
  • fermer > to close
  • goûte > to taste
  • jouer > to play
  • laver > to wash
  • manger* > to eat
  • nager* > to swim
  • parler > to talk, to speak
  • porter > to wear, to carry
  • regarder to watch, to look at
  • rêver > to dream
  • sembler > to seem
  • skier** > to ski
  • travailler > to work
  • trouve > to find
  • visiter > to visit (a place)
  • voler > to fly, to steal

*All regular -er verbs are conjugated according to the regular -er verb conjugation pattern, except for one small irregularity in verbs that end in -ger and -cer, known as spelling-change verbs.

**Though conjugated just like regular -er verbs, watch out for verbs that end in -ier.

Simple Conjugations of the Regular 'er' Verb 'Skier'

Present Future Imperfect Present participle
je skie skierai skiais skiant
tu skies skieras skiais
il skie skiera skiait Passé composé
nous skions skierons skiions Auxiliary verb avoir
vous skiez skierez skiiez Past participle skié
ils skient skieront skiaient
Subjunctive Conditional Passé simple Imperfect subjunctive
je skie skierais skiai skiasse
tu skies skierais skias skiasses
il skie skierait skia skiât
nous skiions skierions skiâmes skiassions
vous skiiez skieriez skiâtes skiassiez
ils skient skieraient skièrent skiassent
(tu) skie
(nous) skions
(vous) skiez
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