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