How to conjugate regular -IR verbs in French There are five main kinds of verbs in French: regular -ER, -IR, -RE; stem-changing; and irregular. Once you’ve learned the rules of conjugation for each of the first three kinds of verbs, you should have no problem conjugating regular verbs in each of those categories. Regular -IR verbs are the second largest category of French verbs. The verb form that ends in -IR is called the infinitive (in English, the infinitive is the verb preceded by the word “to”), and -IR is the infinitive ending.
The verb with the infinitive ending removed is called the stem or radical. To conjugate -IR verbs, remove the infinitive ending to find the stem and add the endings in the table below.
FRENCH REGULAR -IR VERB CONJUGATIONS
|To conjugate an -IR verb in the present tense, remove the infinitive ending and then add the appropriate endings. For example, here are the present tense conjugations for the regular -IR verbs choisir (to choose), finir (to finish), and réussir (to succeed):|
|Pronoun||Ending||choisir > chois-||finir > fin-||réussir > réuss-|
SOME COMMON FRENCH REGULAR -IR VERBSFrench regular -IR verbs, the second largest group of French verbs, share a conjugation pattern.
Here are just a few of the most common regular -IR verbs:abolir to abolish agir to act avertir to warn
bâtir to build bénir to bless choisir to choose établir to establish étourdir to stun, deafen, make dizzy finir to finish grossir to gain weight, get fat guérir to cure, heal, recover maigrir to lose weight, get thin nourrir to feed, nourish obéir to obey punir to punish réfléchir to reflect, think remplir to to fill réussir to succeed rougir to blush, turn red vieillir to grow old
How to conjugate regular -IR verbs in French
How to conjugate regular -IR verbs in French]]>