Languages › French How to Conjugate "Trouver" (to Find) in French A Quick Lesson in Essential Verb Conjugations for "Trouver" Share Flipboard Email Print Sam Edwards / Getty Images French Vocabulary Pronunciation & Conversation Grammar Resources For Teachers by ThoughtCo Updated April 23, 2019 In French, the verb trouver means "to find." This is a little easier to remember if you think of "finding" a treasure "trove." Beyond that, you'll also need to memorize the verb's conjugations in order to say things like the present tense "finding" and the past tense "found." A quick lesson will introduce you to the essential conjugations of trouver you'll need. The Basic Conjugations of Trouver Verb conjugations in French are a little trickier than they are in English. Where we use -ing and -ed endings to indicate the present and past tenses, French uses a new ending for each subject pronoun within each tense. That means you have more words to memorize. The good news for French students is that trouver is a regular -er verb. It follows the most common conjugation patterns found in the French language, so the endings you learn here can also be applied to a number of other verbs. We'll begin the lesson with the indicative mood, which includes the basic present, future, and imperfect past tenses. Once you know that the verb's radical (or stem) is trouv-, you can apply the appropriate ending. The chart will help you study these words. Simply pair the subject pronoun with the proper tense for your sentence. For example, "I am finding" is je trouve and "we found" is nous trouvions. Practicing these in context will speed up your memorization and there are many common expressions with trouver that can help you out. Present Future Imperfect je trouve trouverai trouvais tu trouves trouveras trouvais il trouve trouvera trouvait nous trouvons trouverons trouvions vous trouvez trouverez trouviez ils trouvent trouveront trouvaient The Present Participle of Trouver For regular verbs, adding -ant to the verb stem forms the present participle. For trouver, that creates the word trouvant. Trouver in the Compound Past Tense Beyond the imperfect, you can also use the compound past tense known as the passé composé. This requires a simple construction using the auxiliary verb avoir and the past participle trouvé. The only conjugation you need to worry about here is for avoir. You'll use the present tense that matches the subject, then attach the past participle. For example, "I found" is j'ai trouvé and "we found" is nous avons trouvé. More Simple Conjugations of Trouver Among the other simple conjugations you'll want to study for trouver are the subjunctive and the conditional. They both have some degree of uncertainty in the act of finding, with the conditional implying that it's dependent on something else happening. There may also be times when you'll encounter or use the passé simple or imperfect subjunctive. However, all of the other forms should be your top priority as these are only used on occasion. Subjunctive Conditional Passé Simple Imperfect Subjunctive je trouve trouverais trouvai trouvasse tu trouves trouverais trouvas trouvasses il trouve trouverait trouva trouvât nous trouvions trouverions trouvâmes trouvassions vous trouviez trouveriez trouvâtes trouvassiez ils trouvent trouveraient trouvèrent trouvassent The imperative form is the only one that doesn't require the subject pronoun. It's used in short sentences and instead of tu trouve, you can simplify it to trouve. Imperative (tu) trouve (nous) trouvons (vous) trouvez Continue Reading Learn How to Conjugate "Répéter" (to Repeat) in French How to Conjugate Mentir (to Lie) in French Learn How to Conjugate "Obéir" (to Obey) in French Learn How to Conjugate "Nourrir" (to Feed) in French Here's How to Conjugate "Pratique" (to Practice) in French Learn How to Conjugate "to Travel" in French Here's How to Say "Shared" and "Sharing" in French Learn How to Conjugate the French Verb "Réfléchir" (to Reflect) Don't "Hide" From the French Verb "Cacher." It's Easy! Here's How to Conjugate "Posséder" (to Possess) in French Learn to Conjugate the French Verb "Nettoyer" Here's How to Conjugate "Paraître" (to Seem) in French You'll Need to Conjugate "Décrire" to Say "Described" in French How to Conjugate the French Verb "Rester" (to Stay) Learn the Simple Conjugations for "Sourire" (to Smile) Learn to Say "Wished" and "Wishing" in French Using "Souhaiter"