French Verbs

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How to Conjugate French Verbs

To speak French properly, you can’t avoid learning how to use French verbs and tenses. Here is a series of fun videos to learn French conjugations and start speaking French perfectly well!


FRENCH CONDITIONAL: PRESENT & PAST

French lesson on conditional present & past

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Let’s learn how to conjugate the conditional, both present and past !

When to use the Conditional

  • First, do you know what it corresponds to in English and when to use it ? The conditional is used to express a possibility, something that would or could happen if… In English, you guys use WOULD or sometimes also COULD to conjugate a verb in the conditional.

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FRENCH PAST TENSE: L’IMPARFAIT

Imparfait: French past tense

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L’IMPARFAIT is a past tense that refers to actions that lasted in the past, that repeated themselves in the past. It is also used for descriptions in the past. It basically allows to set the background of a narrative – but the narrative will be told in another past tense. But I’m not going to get into the difference between the PASSÉ COMPOSÉ and the IMPARFAIT here since I have already posted a video lesson on that.

So let’s just focus on how to conjugate a French verb in the imperfect, À L’IMPARFAIT. 

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SPELLING CHANGE VERBS (PRESENT TENSE)

French spelling change verb ENNUYER

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Welcome to this lesson on what we call « spelling-change verbs ». These are verbs that have slight irregularities in their conjugations in the present tense. They are not totally irregular, but the spelling and pronunciation varies depending on the subject they are associated with. So let’s have a look at them !

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IRREGULAR -IR VERBS (PRESENT TENSE)

French irregular IR verb DORMIR

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Hey guys ! Have you already learned how to conjugate regular -IR ending verbs in French ? No? What a shame ! Get that done now and then come back to this page.

Already done ? Great, read on then ! It’s time for you to have a look at irregular -IR ending verbs. I’m sorry to say there are a few of them. But this is all good, just take it as yet another opportunity to enrich your vocabulary !

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DEVOIR, POUVOIR, VOULOIR IN THE PRESENT

French verb Pouvoir in the present

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COUCOU ! You may have already realized that the number of irregular verbs in French is pretty high unfortunately. In the present of the indicative alone, there are a bunch of irregular verbs. Here are three of them ending in -OIR. Time for you to memorize them ! Their conjugations are pretty similar though. Have a look, enjoy and get those verbal skills down !

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THE FRENCH SUBJUNCTIVE PRESENT

learn French subjunctive conjugationCOUCOU! Heavy weights to lift today. We’re going to learn or review the present of the subjunctive. The tricky part of this lesson is that you guys hardly ever use the subjunctive in English. But in French, we use it quite a lot and it is usually used inside a clause introduced by the relative “QUE”.  First, how do we conjugate a verb in the present of the subjunctive? …more

 


LEARN HOW TO USE PASSÉ COMPOSÉ & IMPARFAIT

learn how to use French past tenses passé composé & imparfaitBONJOUR À TOUS! How exciting! Today we’re gonna tackle one of the most difficult lesson when learning to speak French! The difference between the IMPARFAIT and the PASSÉ COMPOSÉ! QUEL STRESS! Right? Those are the two past tenses we use the most in French, and you just can’t interchange them since specific rules apply. I’ve already done a blog on it, feel free to check it out by clicking on the link coming up now, but since this lesson is super tricky I thought I’d guide you through it in this video. …more


HOW TO CONJUGATE FRENCH VERB “FAIRE”

how to conjugate French verb "faire"Coucou!

We haven’t look at grammar or conjugation in a little while, so today, why don’t we go over the conjugation of FAIRE, to do/to make. It’s a very useful verb. Here it is in the present tense (…)

This verb is used in a lot of French expressions. If you want a list of them, just click on the link coming up now. There’s a written blog on the ohlalafrench website that will tell you all about it. …more

 


LEARN FRENCH REFLEXIVE VERBS & EPIPHANY

Learn French reflexive verbsCOUCOU! How’s the world been treating you this year so far? Well I hope! Here’s for the bad news…I know staying fit or losing weight is in most of your lists of new resolutions, but I regret to inform you that an upcoming event is gonna challenge that one really hard. If you’re in France you may already know what I’m talking about since yesterday was the official date to celebrate the Epiphany, l’Epiphanie. ...more

 


THE FUTURE & NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS
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Learn how to conjugate French verbs in the future.

Also learn how to express your resolutions for the new year in French.

 

 


“METTRE” EXPRESSIONS & STRUCTURES – PRESENT

Learn French expressions with mettreThe French verb “METTRE” (to put/set) is a treacherous one as it can take on various meanings depending on the structure and the expression it is part of. Let’s start on how to conjugate this verb in the present tense of the indicative and of the imperative.

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THE FRENCH FUTURE

Learn how to conjugate French verbs in the futureYou may already know how to form the near future, LE FUTUR PROCHE, in French, using the verb ALLER. If not, click HERE and learn all there is to know about it.

But there is another future tense you can use: LE FUTUR SIMPLE. One thing you’ll notice about this tense is that it always includes the letter “R”. Why’s that? Because of how we form it: 

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LEARN “FAIRE” EXPRESSIONS (present)

Learn French expressions with faire

“FAIRE” (to do/make) is a verb that is very widely used in the French language, and unfortunately its conjugation is irregular! So here we go again, let’s memorize the conjugation of “Faire” both in the present of the indicative mode, and in the imperative.

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CONJUGATE “VENIR” & FRENCH RECENT PAST

Learn how to conjugate French verb venir & French recent past

“VENIR” (to come) is a verb that is very widely used in the French language, and unfortunately its conjugation is irregular! You know what to do here, right?

Memorize the stupid idiot! Here it is!

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PASSÉ COMPOSÉ WITH ÊTRE

Learn how to conjugate French verbs in passé composé with être  As seen in a previous post, the Passé Composé is the most common tense used in French to talk about events that took place in the past. While most verbs in this compound tense are conjugated with AVOIR in the present tense, there is a list of verbs you need to know that will be conjugated with ÊTRE.       …more


LEARN FRENCH PAST PARTICIPLES

learn how to form French past participles   What is the past participle of a French verb? In English, it is the “-ed” form of a verb (he has walked/talked/written etc.).  In French, it takes different forms depending on the ending of the verb, and just like in   English, we use it to form compound tenses such as the passé composé, the plus que parfait, the past infinitive and others.

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PASSÉ COMPOSÉ WITH AVOIR

Learn how to conjugate French verbs in passé composé with avoir

 

The PASSÉ COMPOSÉ (or compound past) is the most common past tense used to mention events that took place in the past (narrative mode for those of you who know a little bit about linguistics).

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HOW TO CONJUGATE “PRENDRE”

This video will teach you how to conjugate the French verb “Prendre” in the present tense, along with expressions including this verb.


HOW TO CONJUGATE FRENCH VERB “DESCENDRE”

This video will teach you how to conjugate French verb “Descendre” in the present, and learn expressions. 


HOW TO CONJUGATE FRENCH VERB “ALLER”

CONJUGAISON DU VERBE “ALLER” (Conjugation of the verb “To Go”)This video will teach you how to conjugate French verb “Aller” in the present and how to form “le futur proche”

 

 

 

 


HOW TO CONJUGATE FRENCH REGULAR -IR VERBS

CONJUGAISON DES VERBES QUI SE TERMINENT EN -IR (Conjugation of -IR ending verbs)This video will teach you how to conjugate French -IR ending verbs in the present tense.

 

 

 

 


HOW TO CONJUGATE “ÊTRE”

CONJUGAISON DU VERBE ÊTREThis video will teach you how to conjugate the French verb “être” in the present tense.

 

 

 

 


HOW TO CONJUGATE “AVOIR”

CONJUGAISON DU VERBE “AVOIR” (Conjugation of the verb “To have”)This video will teach you how to conjugate the French verb AVOIR in the present tense, along with some expressions

 

 

 

 


HOW TO CONJUGATE -ER ENDING VERBS

CONJUGAISON DES VERBES QUI SE TERMINENT EN -ER (Conjugation of -ER ending verbs)

This French lesson video will teach you how to conjugate -ER ending French verbs in the present tense.

Exemple of the verb AIMER.

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