French verbs are conventionally divided into three conjugations conjugaisons with the following grouping:. The first two groups follow a regular conjugation, whereas the third group follows an irregular one. It is noteworthy that the verb aller is the only verb ending in -er belonging to the third group. There are two auxiliary verbs in French: Compound tenses are conjugated with an auxiliary followed by the past participle, ex: The participle is inflected with the use of the verb avoir according to the direct object, but only if the direct object precedes the participle, ex:. Although the stem changes, the inflections of these tenses are as a regular -oir verb.
However, in the simple present, not only are there stem changes, but the inflections are irregular as well:. Besides using avoir affirmatively. You can also use it interrogatively. A small complication arises, in that without some help, the result does not sound very good. The use of an euphonic pleasing to the ear is used with vowels before the pronoun. Thus, the letter -t- is placed between the verb and the pronoun:.
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These are all pronounced differently: French verbs ending in -er, which comprise the largest class, inflect somewhat differently than other verbs. In addition, the orthographic -t found in the -ir and -re verbs in the singular of the simple present and past is not found in this conjugation, so that the final consonants are -, -s, - rather than -s, -s, -t. Hais is as usual used for the imperative. The verbs dormir, mentir, partir, sentir, servir and their derivatives do not take the -iss- infix. The effect of this is that they conjugate as -re verbs rather than -ir verbs, apart from the past participle which is still -i.
Sortir and its derivatives are similar in their usual meanings of "to go out" etc. Partir serves as an example:. The verbs couvrir, offrir, ouvrir, souffrir and their derivatives are similar, but orthographically they differ slightly: In addition, their past participles end in -ert. Ouvrir will serve as an example:. The common verbs venir "to come" and tenir "to hold", as well as their derivatives,  change their stem vowel to a diphthong or nasal in much of their conjugations.
Venir will serve as an example; for tenir, simply change the v to a t. Verbs ending in -oir tend to have stem changes, which makes them more irregular than the other conjugations. Many have stems ending in -v, which drops before a consonant or the vowel u. Others have stems ending in -l, which undergoes changes similar to the plural of French nouns ending in -l. The usage of puis in other cases is mannered.
Orthographically, the -re verbs have the inflectional endings of the -ir verbs singular -s, -s, -t in the simple present and past. However, unlike the -ir verbs, there is no suffix -iss- between the root and the inflection, except in the past subjunctive, which is identical to the -ir verbs.
The verb aller "to go" has the unique quality of having a first group ending with an irregular conjugation. It belongs to none of the three sections of the third group, and is often categorized on its own. The verb has different stems for different tenses. The inflections of these tenses are completely regular, and pronounced as in any other -er verb. To form the present tense, there are seven categories of verbs that you need to know about, sorted by their endings, and if they are regular follow the rules or irregular have their own rules.
Translate the following sentences into English: The simple past is mostly a literary tense, used in fairy tales, and perhaps newspapers. It is one that native French students are expected to recognize but not use. To conjugate in this tense, one finds the stem and appends the following, as according to the table:.
One uses the future tense when referring to an action, certain to occur, in the future. In a time ahead of now.
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One may also use aller in the present tense in conjunction with aller or another verb in infinitive form, to refer to the future. However it is not the future tense. However, the former is not in the future tense. Also, the usage of "aller" generally signifies an action to occur in the very near future, where as future tense refers to any time in the future.
To conjugate a verb in the futur simple, one takes the infinitive and appends the following, as according to the table:. The subjunctive in French is used to express doubt, desire, surprise, judgment, necessity, possibility, opinions, and emotions. It usually follows the word "que. Take the ils form of the verb, at the present time tense drop the -ent and add the following:. The subjunctive imperfect is very rarely employed in French; generally it only appears in literature and is viewed as archaic.
It can in all instances be replaced by the subjunctive present. The subjunctive imperfect is employed in any instance in which the subjunctive is required, provided the trigger verb is in a past tense. With most verbs, that auxililary verb is avoir. While the past participle looks like a verb, it is not - it functions more like an adjective. This works exactly the same way in English - the only verb is the auxiliary verb, which is also the only thing negated in English "I have not eaten". The compound past is a compound tense- it consists of two verbs, the auxiliary verb "helper verb" and the past participle of the verb one seeks to use in this tense.
We then take the past participle of the verb, and stick that on the end. Every verb has one past participle that does not change there are some exceptions, as one will learn later. To find the past participle, the stem of the infinitive must be determined or the irregularity must be known.
If we want to make the statement negative, for example if we didn't do something in the past, we must always put the negative structure such as ne For example, "Je ne peux pas",. The past participle must agree with the direct object of a clause in gender and plurality if the direct object goes before the verb. In most circumstances, the auxiliary verb is avoir. This occurs under two different circumstances:. Exceptions Note that there are four verbs above that are followed by a star sortir, descendre, monter, passer. When a direct object is used with these verbs, the auxiliary verb becomes avoir.
In French the pluperfect is called le plus-que-parfait. In English, it is also called the more than perfect.
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The French pluperfect subjunctive is the least common literary tense - it's the literary equivalent of the past subjunctive. Like all literary tenses, the pluperfect subjunctive is used only in literature, historical writings, and other very formal writing, so it is important to be able to recognize it but chances are that you will never in your life need to conjugate it.
This is used in a sentence when there is something in a future tense, but this action is also in the future, but before the other future. This is called the "futur anterieur" in French. Past conditional is used to refer to an event that could have taken place in the past. Replace the -ons ending of a verb conjugated in the first person plural in the present indicative with -ant.