French -RE verbs (present tense)

Beginner French - Level A1

Overview

Verbs with infinitives ending in -re form a third group of regular verbs, often called 'third conjugation' verbs. To form the present tense conjugations of these verbs, drop the -re from the infinitive and add the third conjugation endings (-s, -s, -, -ons, -ez,-ent) to the resulting stem. 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. 

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French -RE verbs (present tense)

Just like in Module 1, we will continue to study groups of regular French verbs. We will now go over how to conjugate regular -RE verbs, or verbs that end with the letters -re. To review, the first steps of conjugating any regular verb are:

  1. First choose the verb that makes the most sense for the context of your sentence
  2. Take off the ending.

In this lesson, the ending we are removing from the infinitive is -re. Finally,

 

  1. Add the new ending to the verb’s stem that corresponds with the subject of the sentence or phrase.

Take a look at the following verb chart and example sentences with the -RE verb attendre, meaning “to wait for.”

Attendre → Attend...

Subject Pronoun

Ending

Stem + Ending

Example

Translation

Je

-s

attends

J’attends le train.

I wait for the train.

I am waiting for the train.

Tu

-s

attends

Tu attends ta mère.

You wait for your mother.

You are waiting for your mother.

Il/Elle/On

*

attend_

On attend les vols à l’aéroport.

One waits for the flights at the airport.

One is waiting for the flights at the airport.

Nous

-ons

attendons

Nous attendons l’addition.

We wait for the bill.

We are waiting for the bill.

Vous

-ez

attendez

Vous attendez les autres personnes.

You wait for the other people.

You are waiting for the other people.

Ils/Elles

-ent

attendent

Elles attendent les résultats.

They wait for the results.

They are waiting for the results.

 

Notes :

  • The absence of an -RE verb ending for the third person singular form (Il/Elle/On) is intentional. Adding no ending to the stem of the -RE verb for the third person singular voice is a rule in the regular -RE verb conjugation pattern.
  • There will always be some exceptions to grammatical language rules. You may learn verbs that end in -er, -ir, or -re that do not follow this exact pattern. However, knowing the general rule and practicing these verbs are the most important steps for any beginner language learner.

See the Reading link for some of the most common -RE verbs used in French.

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Conjugating French RE Verbs in the Present Tense

Directions: Using the list of -RE verbs found in this Module (Reading link), choose which of the two verbs provided makes the most sense in each sentence. These verbs are already conjugated correctly.

  1. Dans la gare, nous ___________ beaucoup de voyageurs. (entendons, vendons)
  2. À 6h, je ________ au quai avec mon billet. (dépends, descends)
  3. Audrey ______ le contrôleur pour dire bonjour. (attend, répond)

Directions: Conjugate the given verb for each sentence. Remember to identify the subject/subject pronoun for each sentence.

 

  1. Tu ___________ à ma question avec une bonne réponse. (répondre)
  2. Un homme ___________ des journaux au prochain arrêt. (vendre)
  3. Une mère et son fils ___________ leurs horaires. (perdre)

Answers and Translation

  1. entendons / In the train station, we hear a lot of travelers.
  2. déscends / At 6 o’clock, I descend to the platform with my ticket.
  3. répond / Audrey waits for the conductor to say hello.
  4. réponds/ You respond to my questions with a good answer.
  5. vend / A man is selling some newspapers at the next stop.
  6. perdent / A mother and her son lose their schedules.

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