Humanities Languages Learn to Conjugate the French Verb "Tuer" (to Kill) A Lesson That Teaches You to Say "Killing" and "Killed" in French Share Flipboard Email Print kaan tanman / Getty Images Languages French Vocabulary Basics Pronunciation & Conversation Grammar Resources for Teachers English as a Second Language Spanish German Italian Japanese Mandarin Russian English Grammar View More by ThoughtCo Updated December 17, 2017 When you want to say "killing" or "killed" in French, you'll use the verb tuer. To get it into the present or past tense, however, you will also need to know it's conjugations. A quick lesson will introduce you to the essential forms of tuer that you'll need. The Basic Conjugations of Tuer As with all French verb conjugations, you will have quite a few words to memorize for tuer. It is a regular -er verb, though, so if you've studied similar words, you can apply the same endings here. The key to any conjugation is to begin with the verb stem (or radical). For tuer, this is tu-. From there, simply match the subject pronoun with the tense that's appropriate for your sentence. As an example, je tue means "I am killing" and nous tuerons means "we will kill." Present Future Imperfect je tue tuerai tuais tu tues tueras tuais il tue tuera tuait nous tuons tuerons tuions vous tuez tuerez tuiez ils tuent tueront tuaient The Present Participle of Tuer When you add -ant to the stem of tuer, the present participle is formed. The result is tuant, which can be an adjective or noun as well as a verb. Tuer in the Compound Past Tense Another simple conjugation and alternative to the imperfect is the passé composé. This is a compound past tense, but it's relatively easy to construct once you know the rules. To begin, conjugate the auxiliary verb avoir to the subject's present tense. Then attach the past participle tué, which indicates that something has already been killed. The result is, for example, j'ai tué for "I killed" and nous avons tué for "we killed." More Simple Conjugations of Tuer When you're unsure if any killing has happened, you can use the subjunctive of tuer. Yet, if the killing is dependent on certain conditions, you'll use the conditional. The passé simple and the imperfect subjunctive are both literary tenses and you'll find them in formal French writing. Subjunctive Conditional Passé Simple Imperfect Subjunctive je tue tuerais tuai tuasse tu tues tuerais tuas tuasses il tue tuerait tua tuât nous tuions tuerions tuâmes tuassions vous tuiez tueriez tuâtes tuassiez ils tuent tueraient tuèrent tuassent To use tuer in short, direct commands or requests, the French imperative is used. In this case, the subject pronoun is dropped so tu tue becomes tue. Imperative (tu) tue (nous) tuons (vous) tuez Continue Reading Learn the Verb Conjugations for "Poser" (to Put) Learn How to Conjugate the French Verb "Réfléchir" (to Reflect) Learn How to Conjugate "Réduire" (to Reduce) in French Learn to Conjugate "Répondre" (to Answer) in French Learn How to Conjugate "to Travel" in French How to Conjugate "Préparer" (to Prepare) in French How to Conjugate the French Verb "Payer" (to Pay) Learn How to Say That You "Remembered" in French How to Conjugate "Reconnaître" (to Recognize) in French Learn to Say "I Influenced" in French Using "Influencer" Learn How to Say "Mowed" and "Mowing" in French How to Conjugate "Pratiquer" (to Practice) in French To Return: How to Conjugate "Retourner" in French Learn How to Conjugate "Téléphoner" (to Call) in French You Should Quickly "Pick Up" the Conjugations of "Attraper" Learn to Say "Wished" and "Wishing" in French Using "Souhaiter"