Regular French Verbs Ending in -ER

Regular French Verbs Ending in -ER 

A very high percentage of verbs in French end in -ER. These are for the most part regular verbs, and their conjugation in the present tense follows a set pattern; you just need to drop the -ER ending of the infinitive form of the verb (in English, the infinitive form is the verb preceded by the word ‘to’). The verb minus its ending is called the stem or radical.

Scroll down to the bottom of this post to watch my video lesson on regular -ER verbs in the present, past, and future tenses.


Conjugating the verbs

In order to conjugate the verbs, you need to drop the -ER and replace it by the following endings:

Aimer (to like/ to love)

J’aim + e

Tu aim + es

Il/elle/on aim + e

Nous aim + ons

Vous aim + ez

Ils/elles aim + ent


Demander (to ask)

Je demand + e

Tu demand + es

Il/elle/on demand + e

Nous demand + ons

Vous demand + ez

Ils/elles demand + ent

Note: When verbs are conjugated in the present tense, they can be interpreted as either the continuous present (“ing” in English) or the simple present.

Examples:

Je travaille sur ce projet = I’m working on this project.

Il travaille chez BMW = He works for BMW.

Tu manges de la soupe = You’re eating soup.

Je mange des plats épicés = I eat spicy foods.

Nous parlons avec Carla = We are speaking with Carla.

Je parle trois langues = I speak three languages.

Note: If there is a second verb following the main verb in the sentence, you only need to conjugate the first one and leave the second one in its infinitive form.

Examples:

J’aime parler à ma fille = I like talking/to talk to my daughter.

Il préfère manger des fruits = He prefers eating/to eat fruits.

A short list of common -ER verbs:

arriver – to arrive

chanter – to sing 

adorer – to love/to adore

detester – to hate 

chercher – to look for 

donner – to give

étudier – to study 

jouer – to play

jardiner – to garden

acheter – to buy 

échanger – to exchange 

penser – to think

garder – to keep 

emprunter – to borrow 

prêter – to loan

travailler – to work 

trouver – to find 

voyager – to travel 

parler – to speak/to talk 

regarder – to look/to watch/to watch for

rêver – to dream

dépenser – to spend money

payer – to pay

préférer – to prefer 

appeler – to call

habiter – to live 

casser – to break 

marcher – to walk 

changer – to change 

écouter – to listen to 

commencer – to start

terminer – to finish

aider – to help

continuer – to continue

rentrer – to enter/return home

gagner – to earn money, to win 

coûter – to cost

cuisiner – to cook

amener – to bring, to take someone

déménager – to move

 préparer – to prepare

essayer – to try 

There are a few spelling differences for certain -ER verbs:

Manger (to eat) and other verbs that end in ger (voyager, déménager, nager) are conjugated a bit differently in the nous form: An extra E is added for pronunciation purposes.

Je mang + e

Tu mang + es

Il/elle/on mang + e

Nous mang + eons

Vous mang + ez

Ils/elles mang + ent

Verbs like préférer that end in érer have an accent change in every conjugation except for the nous and vous forms.

Je préfère

Tu préfères

Il/elle/on préfère

Nous préférons

Vous préférez

Ils/elles préfèrent

The verbs amener, acheter, appeler and other verbs that end in e + single consonant + er require an added accent, or in the case of appeler, a doubling of the consonant in every conjugation except the nous and vous forms.

J’amène (achète) (appelle)

Tu amènes (achètes) (appelles)

Il/elle/on amène (achète) (appelle)

Nous amenons (achetons) (appelons)

Vous amenez (achetez) (appelez)Ils/elles amènent (achètent) (appellent)





Want to know more about my regular French verbs audio drill?

Practice is what it takes when learning verb conjugations. This audio recorded drill (native speaker) will help you learn regular French -ER, -IR and -RE verbs in the present tense. This is a verb drill of 100 common regular French verbs that you can use at any time to improve your skills, pronunciation and speed when conjugating.

Example:

👉FINIR – TO FINISH – JE – 5 seconds to say or write answer before recorded response – JE FINIS

👉ATTENDRE – TO WAIT – TU – 5 seconds to say or write answer before recorded response – TU ATTENDS

👉VENDRE – TO SELL – IL – 5 seconds to say or write answer before recorded response – IL VEND

👉ABOLIR – TO ABOLISH – NOUS – 5 seconds to say or write answer before recorded response – NOUS ABOLISSONS

👉MANGER – TO EAT – VOUS – 5 seconds to say or write answer before recorded response – VOUS MANGEZ

👉RÉUSSIR – TO SUCCEED – ILS – 5 seconds to say or write answer before recorded response – ILS RÉUSSISSENT

During the recording the verbs are not numbered so that you can easily choose a group of 10 or 15 at any point during the exercise to use as a quick review whether you’re at home, in the car on a road trip, or on a plane headed for Paris!

Included:

👉20 minute mp3 audio recording of 100 regular French verbs in the present tense.
👉Answer sheet
👉Student response sheet


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