How to Conjugate the French Irregular Verb 'Souffrir' ('to Suffer')

'Souffrir' is conjugated like other verbs ending in '-frir' and '-vrir'

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Souffrir ("to suffer," "to endure," to tolerate," "to be in pain") is an irregular French -ir verb. Below are simple conjugations of the verb souffrir; the conjugation table does not include compound tenses, which consist of a form of the auxiliary verb avoir with the past participle souffert.

Within irregular -ir verb conjugations, there are some patterns. Two groups exhibit similar characteristics and conjugation patterns.

Then there is a final, large category of extremely irregular -ir verbs that follow no pattern.

'Souffrir' IS AN IRREGULAR '-IR-' VERB

Soufrir lies in the second group of irregular -ir verbs that display a pattern. The second group of verbs includes verbs like souffrir that all end in -frir or -vrir. These verbs, surprisingly, are all conjugated like regular -er verbs.

'Souffrir' IS CONJUGATED LIKE VERBS ENDING IN '-FRIR' AND '-VRIR'

All French verbs that end in -frir or -vrir are conjugated this way. They include:

  • couvrir > to cover
  • cueillir > to pick
  • découvrir > to discover
  • entrouvrir > to half-open
  • ouvrir > to open
  • offrir > to offer
  • recouvrir > to recover, conceal 
  • rouvrir > to reopen

EXPRESSIONS AND USAGE

Simple Conjugations of the Irregular French '-ir' Verb 'Soufrir'

Present Future Imperfect Present participle
je souffre souffrirai souffrais souffrant
tu souffres souffriras souffrais
il souffre souffrira souffrait
nous souffrons souffrirons souffrions
vous souffrez souffrirez souffriez
ils souffrent souffriront souffraient
Subjunctive Conditional Passé simple Imperfect subjunctive
je souffre souffrirais souffris souffrisse
tu souffres souffrirais souffris souffrisses
il souffre souffrirait souffrit souffrît
nous souffrions souffririons souffrîmes souffrissions
vous souffriez souffririez souffrîtes souffrissiez
ils souffrent souffriraient souffrirent souffrissent
Imperative
tu souffre
nous souffrons
vous souffrez