Regular French Verbs Ending in -IR

Regular French Verbs Ending in -IR 

A high percentage of verbs in French end in -IR. 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 -IR ending of the infinitive form of the verb. 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 -IR verbs in the present, past, and future tenses.



Conjugating the verbs

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

Finir (to finish)

Je fin + is

Tu fin + is

Il/elle/on fin + it

Nous fin + issons

Vous fin + issez

Ils/elles fin + issent


Choisir (to choose)

Je chois + is

Tu chois + is

Il/elle/on chois + it

Nous chois + issons

Vous chois + issez

Ils/elles chois + issent

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 finis ce projet = I am finishing my project.

Il finit tôt = He finishes early.

Tu choisis un cadeau = You are choosing a gift.

Je choisis de vivre en France = I choose to live in France. *Find out why DE comes after CHOISIS*


List of common regular French -IR verbs:

Practice and master this list with a Quizlet study set!

  • abolir – to abolish
  • accueillir – to welcome
  • accomplir – to accomplish
  • adoucir – to soften
  • affaiblir – to weaken
  • agrandir – to enlarge
  • aplatir – to flatten
  • avertir – to warn
  • bâtir – to build
  • choisir – to choose
  • convertir – to convert
  • définir – to define
  • démolir – to demolish
  • désobéir – to disobey
  • désunir – to disunite
  • éblouir – to dazzle
  • embellir – to make beautiful
  • envahir – to invade
  • établir – to establish
  • faiblir – to weaken
  • fleurir – to flower
  • finir – to finish
  • fournir – to furnish
  • grandir – to grow up
  • grossir – to gain weight
  • guérir – to cure
  • investir – to invest
  • maigrir – to lose weight
  • murir – to mature
  • noircir – to blacken
  • nourrir – to feed
  • obéir – to obey
  • périr – to perish
  • pourrir – to rot
  • punir – to punish
  • rafraîchir – to refresh
  • ralentir – to slow down
  • rebondir – to rebound
  • réfléchir – to reflect
  • remplir – to fill
  • rétrécir – to shrink
  • réunir – to reunite
  • réussir – to succeed
  • rôtir – to roast
  • rougir – to blush
  • saisir – to seize
  • salir – to dirty
  • trahir – to betray
  • verdir – to turn green
  • vernir – to varnish
  • vieillir – to grow old
  • vomir – to vomit




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