French Regular -RE Verbs

How to conjugate regular -RE 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. The smallest category of regular French verbs -RE verbs. The verb form that ends in -RE is called the infinitive (in English, the infinitive is the verb preceded by the word “to”), and -RE is the infinitive ending.

The verb with the infinitive ending removed is called the stem or radical. To conjugate -RE verbs, remove the infinitive ending to find the stem and add the endings in the table below.


To conjugate an -RE 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 -RE verbs descendre (to descend), perdre (to lose), and vendre (to sell):
Pronoun Ending descendre > descend- perdre > perd- vendre > vend-
 je  -s descends perds vends
 tu  -s descends perds vends
 il  – descend perd vend
 nous  -ons descendons perdons vendons
 vous  -ez descendez perdez vendez
 ils  -ent descendent perdent vendent
Regular -RE verbs share conjugation patterns in all tenses and moods. French regular -RE verbs are a small group of French verbs which share a conjugation pattern. Here are the most common regular -RE verbs: attendre   to wait (for) défendre   to defend descendre   to descend entendre   to hear How to conjugate regular -RE verbs in French étendre   to stretch fondre   to melt pendre   to hang, suspend perdre   to lose prétendre   to claim rendre   to give back, return répandre   to spread, scatter répondre   to answer vendre   to sell How to conjugate regular -RE verbs in French

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